Office parties give you a chance to relax and mingle with different teams in the organization, and even strike up a conversation or two with top management. They’re an excellent way to have some fun, network and even make a memorable impression on the right people. Hence, they have become an unavoidable part of everyone’s lives today. That being said, many men still find dressing for an office party a bit of a challenge, often wondering how formal or casual they’re expected to dress. Unlike casual parties, company parties do have codes of conduct, and dressing right is part of it. Therefore, we have put down a set of style tips and office party looks that’ll make dressing for the upcoming office party a breeze for you!
Follow the company dress code
An easy way to decide what to wear, is to follow the company dress code. For example, if your company dress code is casual, then don’t turn up in a three-piece suit. Similarly, if you work in a conservative office, then stick to formals, but add a festive flair.
Work with the party theme
Incorporate the party theme, but still stay within the company dress code. For example, if your company dress code is business formal, but the party theme is “Christmas”, then add a red and green pocket square to a white shirt (left unbuttoned at the neck) and grey suit ensemble.
Don’t be over the top
The whole point of following the above rules, and keeping things subtle is so that you don’t embarrass yourself when you run into your boss or top management. Just because it’s a party doesn’t mean that you’re off the clock – your behavior is being observed and you’re being judged, and you want to stay sharp.
Add one stylish element
A festive tie and pocket-square combo, a printed shirt under a sombre suit, a sharp suit with a T-shirt, colorful socks, statement watches, etc, are ways in which you can let your personal style shine. Keep bold colors and quirky prints to accessories and accent pieces, and keep the rest of your look sleek with tailored pieces.
Office party looks to try
An easy way to stand out from the crowd is to dress up in light neutral shades like beige, ecru, grey, white, etc. A suited look with light separates will look almost zen at a boisterous party.
Printed shirts and dark suits
The only way to rock a printed shirt at an office party is by pairing it with a solid suit. Of course, the more relaxed the company dress code, the bolder the print. If your company is conservative, then stick to a subtle repeat print in a deep color, eg. printed burgundy shirt with a navy suit.
Light shirt and dark suit
Stark contrasts are always eye-catching. Therefore, a light colored shirt when worn under a dark suit can look effortlessly fresh and stylish. Get a complementing pocket square instead of a tie to keep it in party mode.
Smart color blocking
You don’t necessarily have to use bold colors to take advantage of the ever popular color blocking trend. Instead, channel this trend effectively with a dark shirt and trouser paired with a contrasting light color blazer.
If you want to rock a suit at an office party that’s notorious for its relaxed dress code, balance your tailored suit with a pair of sneakers and a T-shirt. This look is young, effortless and classy.
Playing it safe
So you want to look great without taking too many risks? This classic party look is for you – dark suit with dark shirt. No tie, and leave the shirt neck unbuttoned. Want to give it just a bit of pizzazz? Add a pocket square in a vibrant print. But that’s optional.
You’ve probably decided on the look you want by now. Feel free to Whatsapp Tailorman on +91 9551112222 for a personal styling session. And if you have the time, walk into one of our stores for a made to measure session. After all, if you’re going to invest in snazzy clothes, make sure they’re well-tailored and fit like a glove!
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