Holiday Attire for Men: What It Means & How to Wear It

Holiday Attire for Men: What It Means & How to Wear It


Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette! In today’s video, we’ll be discussing the
dress code known as holiday attire or festive attire, its varying levels of formality, and
how you can meet each of these levels effectively and stylishly. Longtime fans of the Gentleman’s Gazette will
be aware that we relish the task of de-complicating dress codes for men; we’ve got comprehensive
PDF guides on the most formal of men’s dress codes including white tie, morning dress,
and black tie, and you can find all of those PDF guides in our shop here. We’ve also got a video and a related article
that act as a primer for pretty much any dress code you could conceivably find on an invitation
and we recently put out a video on one of the most infamous of all dress codes, black
tie optional, you can find links to all of these by clicking the banners at the right. Today’s video, we’ll cover another dress code,
seasonal in nature, that also has a bit of unnecessary complexity to it, Holiday attire
also called festive attire. The source of confusion in this dress code
is that it can mean anything from cocktail attire with a festive twist to the recent
vogue for ugly Christmas sweaters. By the way, if you want to find out more about
cocktail attire, you can take a look at our video on the subject here and stay tuned for
an upcoming video that will give you some more suggestions on how to meet that dress
code well. Our most general piece of advice for the holiday
or festive dress code is to gravitate to the more formal end of the spectrum which we’re
going to lay out today. After all, no one is ever going to fault you
for looking put together. The exception to this advice, of course, is
if the hosts have clearly stated that the party is going to be more extravagant and
playful in nature and that ugly sweaters are expected. In that case, by all means, do loosen up and
have some fun. Your safest bet, of course, will always be
to ask the hosts for advice directly as a gentleman always makes the effort to follow
a dress code as closely as he can; to do otherwise would be an insult to your hosts. One more piece of general advice here before
we dive in, keep it varied and have a few options handy, after all, it’s a busy time
of year for parties and you may be invited to more than one that has a holiday or festive
dress code to it so having a few options at your disposal will never be a bad thing. With all this in mind then, what would we
recommend to meet the holiday attire dress code stylishly? The simplest answer is this, think of it as
being an offshoot of cocktail attire with an extra holiday touch in terms of color or
some playfulness that’s incorporated into your outfit such as wearing tartan which has
been an established alternative when it comes to holiday wear since at least the middle
of the 20th century. By the way, if you’re curious to learn more
about the rich history of Tartans and other plaid patterns, you can check out our recent
video on the subject here. Regarding color then, do feel free to incorporate
some of the standard colors of the holiday season such as red and green. With that said however, don’t go for bright
and gaudy hues as these are just going to make you stand out a little bit too much. Instead, go for something subtle, understated,
and elegant. Now let’s cover today’s subject through the
lens of multiple different types of holiday parties, each with differing levels of formality
and cover the related dress accordingly. As a great many holiday parties are held in
the workplace, we’ll start with some suggestions for office appropriate festive attire. Regarding how dressed up you should be for
such an event, just take a cue from the regular day-to-day attire at your office. In other words, think of how you should dress
as being a somewhat typical office outfit, maybe just a bit more relaxed and with a seasonal
element to it. On that note, you can take a look at our videos
for business attire, business casual attire, and dressing for the office here. Firstly, if you work in a traditional white
collar office environment, go for something that’s appropriately conservative. For example, a suit perhaps three pieces or
double-breasted in a dark color like charcoal or navy or in midnight blue if you’re feeling
especially elegant. Along with this, you could go for a dress
shirt, ideally French cuffed and probably in a pastel color as white might be just a
bit too stuffy for a festive party. In terms of shoes, you’ll want to keep things
appropriately conservative as well so you could go for the classic black cap toe oxford
or if you’re feeling just a little bit more playful, something in a very dark brown color
perhaps an oxblood. You could go for something like a monk strap
or something incorporating just a little bit of broguing in its design but you don’t want
to get too crazy and you probably won’t want to opt for light colors like tan either. After all, if your regular office attire consists
of those black oxfords, you’ll want to keep it in the neighborhood of that kind of shoe
even for a party like this. As for your accessories, the novelty tie emblazoned
with huge Santa heads is probably going to be a little bit too informal for a party of
this nature. Instead, you’ll want to go for something like
a dark burgundy or a similarly muted hue perhaps with a slight pattern to it. Although solids are of course a safe bet. Your pocket square can be a little bit bolder
in comparison to your tie and can possibly incorporate some small patterns as well. Just remember that all of the elements of
your outfit should ultimately remain harmonious. You’re likely going to have the most latitude
here with your cufflinks, they can be solid metal in any shade of course and can incorporate
stones or other engraved designs. This type of party is just playful enough,
however, that you could also do something with miniatures say for example a tiny reindeer
just so long as it’s understated and subtle. Have fun with it and try to strike that ideal
balance between formal and festive. Tie bars, collar clips, and rings can also
be worn as long as they are similarly understated and of course, matching your metals is always
a good idea. Finally here regarding boutonnieres, something
light-colored and small so as also to be understated would be an ideal choice and of course, for
a wide selection of boutonnieres, pocket squares, and jewelry, you can check out the Fort Belvedere
shop here. Next, for a slightly less formal type of office
party, we recommend that you go with a combination of sport coat and odd trousers. A patterned or textured sportcoat would be
a good choice here with or without a tie. Something for example in herringbone, houndstooth,
or a mottled tweed will provide a rustic quality that’s still appropriate for the season. On that note, we’ve produced videos on the
history and characteristics of both houndstooth and tweed and you can take a look at both
of those by clicking the banners here and here. As we mentioned toward the beginning of the
video as well, wearing a blazer with a tartan or other plaid pattern would be an ideal way
to be seasonally appropriate, a little bit bold, and a little bit rustic all at the same
time. Finally here, this would also be a great opportunity
to break out something like a burgundy velvet jacket if you’re feeling especially avant-garde. Your shirt could be plain in color, either
in a pastel shade or alternatively in a rich dark hue if you’re going for something a little
bit more fashion-forward. Also, the shirt could feature a pattern just
so long as that pattern doesn’t clash if you’ve also got one in your jacket. In terms of styling and materials, choices
like the Oxford cloth button down or OCBD would be appropriately semi-formal. On that note, you can take a look at our video
on Oxford cloth button-down shirts here. A chambray shirt would be another good choice
or alternatively, you could substitute the collared shirt altogether for something like
a dark turtleneck sweater under your jacket. You can round out this look with some flannel
trousers or corduroys and as far as shoes are concerned, you could opt for something
like wingtips or loafers just so long as they’re well shined. We’ve also done a video on corduroy which
you can take a look at here and several videos on shoes which you can take a look at here. Finally in this overview, if we’re to cover
casual office parties, our advice is largely the same as for semi-formal office parties
but with a few key distinctions. First of all, you can feel free to swap out
the sportcoat with a cable knit pullover or a cardigan sweater in a warm color. Alternatively, a fair isle sweater or sweater
vest will allow you to stand out a little bit more while still looking rustic and traditional
and of course, for a complete guide to sweaters, you can check out our video on that topic
here. In addition to flannel trousers and corduroys,
a casual office party would also be an appropriate time to break out dark denim or perhaps even
colored chinos if you’re feeling especially bold. Finally, you can add an accent with some brightly
colored dress socks or maybe incorporate your crazy socks featuring Santa and his reindeer
here and you can round out the look with some informal shoes or perhaps a dress boot. On that note, we’ve also done several videos
on boots and you can take a look at those here. Now let’s briefly cover some advice on what
to wear to a holiday or festive party given in a residential or otherwise similarly private
setting. In the broad-strokes, you’re going to want
to keep things a little bit more relaxed for a home party than you would for an office
party but the breakdown we’ve just given for three different formality levels of office
parties can still hold mostly true here as well. In other words, all of the suggestions we
gave for specific combinations of garments still hold true for home parties as they did
for office parties but when we gave you more than one option in some of our breakdowns,
you would here opt for some of the less formal of those options. For example, at a semi-formal or mid-level
holiday house party, you could perhaps go for the turtleneck sweater before going for
the button-down. Remember, the bottom line for house parties
is always the dress code that’s printed on the invitation and/or the personal advice
of the hosts. If the party takes place during the holiday
season but the invitation says black-tie, wear a tuxedo and leave that tweed sportcoat
at home. In conclusion then, while the holiday or festive
dress code covers a wide range of levels of formality, it doesn’t have to be a source
of anxiety. For a party at work, take a cue from your
regular office attire and add a twist or two and for a residential party, take your cue
from the invitation and the advice of the hosts and feel free to be just a little bit
more relaxed and playful and yes, if ugly sweaters are expected, do loosen up and feel
free to have a little bit of fun. So what sorts of combinations have you worn
to holiday parties in the past? Share with us in the comments section below
and as always a reminder to subscribe to the channel and hit the little bell icon so that
way videos like these can come straight to your inbox in today’s video I’m wearing an outfit that
would be most suitable for a very casual office or residential party it consists of a muted
Brown cardigan sweater for a seasonal touch over a shirt in a light cream yellow that
features a broken check pattern of green purple pink and burnt orange the olive green knit
tie from Fort Belvedere provides more texture and more seasonal color you can find that
tie as well as several others in the Fort Belvedere shop here my corduroys which are
in a warm almost mustardy brown color are similarly casual and my socks echo my shirt
in that they’re also sort of a cream yellow color but they feature an argyle pattern in
white and light blue I’m rounding out the outfit today with some medium brown wingtip
derby shoes that feature heavy broguing as you might be able to tell I’m not really wearing
very many other accessories today my shirt even has barrel cuffs so I’m not wearing any
cufflinks I just figured this would be a good example of a very casual outfit that still
fit the holiday mold and I’m sure you’ve seen several other examples of more formal outfits
throughout the video

100 Replies to “Holiday Attire for Men: What It Means & How to Wear It”

  1. Great timing, have a professional organization Christmas social at a restaurant this afternoon. The question is then since not employed and not at home, dress in the middle?
    Honestly, been struggling to decide. Was thinking green sport coat, grey flannels, white shirt with green with barely noticeable red foulard tie, with a dark red pullover.

  2. This is timely. There have so many holiday party invitations on my calendar, each varying in formality. Great to have this video as a reference. Thanks!

  3. Had to put my wallet underneath the right side of laptop to fix the lean. lol. Otherwise, great video, very informative!

  4. I stole this year's outfit from an old Brooks Brothers catalogue. Black/white herringbone sportcoat, red vest, bb#1 navy tie, white ocbd with charcoal pants.

    Not very exciting, but it's been very well received so far.

  5. I've noticed that you have greatly improved in hosting videos. You're much more relaxed and less stiff. Great work! Keep it up!

  6. Preston is literally Benny Goodman mixed with the DNA of Glenn Miller. He's like the perfect retro jazz artist in terms of looks.

  7. When I was around 10 years old, I wore a tan suit to a Christmas party. There really was no particular dress code, and I felt like doing it.

  8. Holy freakin jawline Batman 😂🤘 new guy seems like a decent fellow. If he becomes a permanent addition to the on camera crew you guys should make an introduction video. With Sven everyone likes him because we know about him etc. So it’d be good to do the same for the new feller

  9. How does GG feel about lapel pins that are hollies, or small mistletoe type flowers. I haven't, but I thought about it for my flat cap.

  10. nice video but why would you put in the effort to wear dress shoes, when you take them off when entering a house anyways?

  11. Great suggestions for the holiday parties more casual in nature. You're a welcome addition to this channel, since Sven isn't really known for his casual outfits. I wouldn't wear a blazer to a gathering with relatives but I'll be sure to don a nice sweater with a button-down shirt. Unfortunately, I don't have any casual ties. A knit tie is certainly on my shopping list.

  12. Hire models, variate the music, showcase gentlemens fashion that accommodates more than one style or period. I say this because Sven dresses like a man in the 30's mostly. Good and informative channel but quit it Sven, vary the fashion styles and background music.

  13. I like how I'm watching this in primer stained pants and muddy boots

    When construction is paying for your wardrobe _('-')_/

  14. Is it okay for a man to wear tie with a sweater in college classroom. College environment is like every boy there wear casual outfit but teacher staff is very formal.

  15. Another excellent, well-made video. I have actually been styling my hair differently ever since I saw Mr. Schlueter because I admired his hairstyle so much! Mr Schneider wearing the turtleneck with the double-breasted jacket reminded me of the number twos from The Prisoner, a British show made in the 60s. I'm interested to know if anyone in the audience is familar with the show.

  16. Even though I'm a girl, I love to watch your videos. You provide a lot of interesting and useful information and I share it with my boyfriend as well 😉
    You do a great job, thank you✨

  17. This year for Christmas eve with the family I going with a burgundy and blue tartan 3 piece suit, black turtle neck, and burgundy velvet loafers.

  18. 1. Thank you that he finally adopted the catchphrase "Welcome back to the Gentleman's Gazette"
    2. He is getting better with every video.

  19. To me, The Gentleman's Gazette is the BEST youtube channel on classic style and gentleman values. Everything here resonates with me and I am delighted to see that Mr. Schneider has an apprentice; Mr. Preston; otherwise known as Mr. Kent 😉

  20. Copying someone else's style is never a good idea… only Sven can pull off sounding like Sven.

    But this preppy frat-boy with his broad drawl, bumbling monotone and facial expression devoid of emotion, makes me want to take a power drill to my left temple…

  21. Awesome video! Little extra tip from me: make sure not to wear anything that resembles any kind of uniform in your region, ever! Your outfit from this video reminds me very much of the old western german police uniform 😂

  22. Love the videos. I’ve learned a ton (and corrected a few mistakes). What would you say to a video about hobbies for gentleman? That could be interesting.

  23. I’m finding it difficult getting into Preston he’s not bad at doing the videos but I come hear to see Sven and his beautiful wardrobe, Preston’s wardrobe doesn’t say beautiful classic tailored clothes …sorry I’ve tried to give him a go

  24. One of the downsides of just starting my 30's is that almost all of my friends still dress for holiday parties with the same outfit they would a 'lazy Sunday'. While I've learned over time at such events to swap the blazer and formal chinos for corduroys and a cable-knit sweater/polo combination, I still stand out like a sore thumb! I look forward to the day I have a social circle where my outfit won't be commented on as being 'too formal' because I wore a shirt with a collar.

    A delightful video, and every instance I see with Preston simply solidifies my admiration of his professional presentation and knowledgeable tone.

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