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November 10, 2015

4 Office Holiday Party Outfits: Appropriate Style for the Gents

The office party kicks off our Holiday Festive Dressing Series. And don’t let it confuse you. You want to look appropriate for a party – and still bring a certain level of professionalism to your look. In this week’s Clothes & Conversation, “The Office Holiday Party: Gents’ Festive Dressing Series, Part 1 (of 3)” , we broke down the 2 most common types of work parties: 1. Outside the office; 2. In the office.
Pretty obvious, right? So, it’ll be easy to figure out which one your office party falls into this season. Then let’s get into what you’ll wear. We’ve got 2 outfits for each type, whether you work in a conservative or more creative workplace. Let us know what you think in the comments below and on social media. We’ll be back next week to tackle those truly dressy parties (and the casual get-togethers the following week). Let the holiday season begin!
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/robert-talbott-seacliff-shawl-collar-sweater/4168439
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Robert Talbott - Seacliff Shawl Collar Sweater
Seacliff Shawl Collar Sweater
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This brick red shawl collar Robert Talbott sweater makes an elegant holiday statement that is ideal for an easy, office party. The alpaca and merino wool fabric is luxe and soft, with a subtle chevron pattern that takes the sophisticated style up a notch. The modern fit easily layers over any button up shirt with your favorite charcoal grey wool trousers, dark jeans, khaki’s…basically anything you’d wear to the office is all of a sudden party-ready with this sweater.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/-/4084068 Vince Camuto - Zip Front Wool Blend Vest
Vince Camuto - Zip Front Wool Blend Vest
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Vince Camuto - Zip Front Wool Blend Vest
Zip Front Wool Blend Vest
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Outside the Office, Outfit 1. This Vince Camuto vest is a perfect blend of fashion and function that will have you looking dapper at the office party – an easy layer you can wear all day or just add it as you leave for the party. The wool blended plaid fabric is soft and luxurious, giving the sporty style a work-appropriate feel, with a finished look. The contemporary fit ensures a trimmer fit, so this doesn’t look like an outerwear piece, but you can size up for a relaxed fit without looking sloppy.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-gordon-ww-regular-fit-dress-shirt/4127065 BOSS Hugo Boss - Gordon WW Regular Fit Dress Shirt
BOSS Hugo Boss - Gordon WW Regular Fit Dress Shirt
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Gordon WW Regular Fit Dress Shirt
Gordon WW Regular Fit Dress Shirt
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Under the vest featured in this outfit, a solid blue button up shirt gives the plaid just the right balance. This Hugo Boss shirt’s perfect shade of blue has a rich texture, giving it a little something special that is subtle and appropriate all day at the office. The spread collar and mitered cuff detail create a dressed up look that is the ideal compliment to the casual nature of the vest. Like the vest, it has a contemporary fit for a sleek look – and that’s party-right.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/genesis-trim-fit-trouser/4133715 BOSS Hugo Boss - Genesis Flat Front Solid Wool Trousers
BOSS Hugo Boss - Genesis Flat Front Solid Wool Trousers
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Genesis Flat Front Solid Wool Trousers
Genesis Flat Front Solid Wool Trousers
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These beautiful Hugo Boss wool flannel pants are a work wardrobe staple. They pair effortlessly with the shirt in this outfit, and in the same vein, dress up the featured vest for a great party look. The flannel fabric pairs well with the vest’s wintery wool, and plays into the grey in the vest’s subtle plaid pattern. These trousers have a mid-rise with a trimmer leg for a polished look that is modern, without being trendy.
http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=69015546 Polo Ralph Lauren - Solid Knit Silk Tie
Polo Ralph Lauren - Solid Knit Silk Tie
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Polo Ralph Lauren - Solid Knit Silk Tie
Solid Knit Silk Tie
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Let’s get a bit literal and add this Polo green silk knit tie – after all, ‘tis the season, right? The unexpected pop of holiday color really completes the outfit in a very chic way.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Fitzgerald-Fit-Harris-Tweed-Tic-with-Windowpane-Sport-Coat/MM00523,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - Fitzgerald Fit Harris Tweed Tic with Windowpane Sport Coat
Brooks Brothers - Fitzgerald Fit Harris Tweed Tic with Windowpane Sport Coat
Outside the Office, Outfit 2. Nubby tweeds and plaids instantly create a dapper wintery feel, and this sport coat from Brooks Brothers uses a deep blue version that serves as the perfect backdrop to add some holiday flavor – while still maintaining a professional vibe. It’s cut in their Fitzgerald fit, which is considered “modern”. It’s not trim and not as relaxed as traditional Brooks Brothers pieces, with narrower lapels and a shorter length that works on most every gent’s body type for an updated look.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/peter-millar-quarter-zip-merino-wool-vest/4158247 Peter Millar - Quarter Zip Merino Wool Vest
Peter Millar - Quarter Zip Merino Wool Vest
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Peter Millar - Quarter Zip Merino Wool Vest
Quarter Zip Merino Wool Vest
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And here’s your pop of holiday cheer. Layer this Sherwood green zip neck sweater vest under the sport coat featured in this outfit. The green shade works so well with the blue tweed, coordinating without being matchy or obvious. From Peter Millar, rest assured the lightweight merino wool is soft and comfortable, in a modern fit that is comfortable to wear day into night.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/alexander-olch-plaid-wool-tie/4027942 Alexander Olch - Plaid Wool Tie
Alexander Olch - Plaid Wool Tie
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Alexander Olch - Plaid Wool Tie
Plaid Wool Tie
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Alexander Olch wool plaid ties are truly unparalleled, always finding amazing fabrics that will take you through Winter in style. This blue plaid is amazing, with varying subtle shades of greens and reds that make it perfect for the holiday party - and this outfit. The blue ground keeps is sophisticated and works effortlessly with both the jacket and the sweater vest, bringing them together with stylish ease. The 3” inch width is modern and appropriate for the lapels of the sport coat.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/santorelli-flat-front-wool-trousers/2969054 Santorelli - Flat Front Wool Trousers
Santorelli - Flat Front Wool Trousers
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Santorelli - Flat Front Wool Trousers
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One of the things that makes this outfit so strong for an office party, is its versatility. The jacket/vest/tie combination can be dressed up with these Santorelli charcoal grey wool pants. If you don’t already own a pair, these modern-fitting, high quality trousers will be a staple in your wardrobe for years. If the party is more casual, it’s just as good-looking with dark wash jeans or dark grey cotton twill pants.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/wffl-stitch-shwl-cllr-cardigan/4076304 John Varvatos Star USA - Waffle Knit Shawl Cardigan
John Varvatos Star USA - Waffle Knit Shawl Cardigan
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John Varvatos Star USA - Waffle Knit Shawl Cardigan
Waffle Knit Shawl Cardigan
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In the Office, Outfit 1. This stylish black shawl collar cardigan replaces your typical sport coat or crewneck sweater for a touch of sartorial sophistication that will work for your daytime meetings – and the party that will kick-off later in the day. John Varvatos Star USA uses a waffle knit to give the soft wool a great texture for a rugged finish. The contemporary fit creates a sleek and modern feel that will look trim layered over the button down we’re suggesting in this outfit. (But when you’re not wearing this for a holiday party, you’ll find it’s endlessly versatile over any sport shirt or t-shirt all Winter long.)
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/tartan-beach-trim-shirt/4180187 Rag & Bone - Tartan Beach Trim Fit Plaid Shirt
Rag & Bone - Tartan Beach Trim Fit Plaid Shirt
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Rag & Bone - Tartan Beach Trim Fit Plaid Shirt
Tartan Beach Trim Fit Plaid Shirt
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Leave it to Rag & Bone to come up with such a masculine and cool way to add some holiday plaid to your look. The dark blue, green and black tartan is sophisticated, yet still evokes a holiday feeling that looks great with the black cardigan in this look. The contemporary fit won’t pucker and bag under the sweater, with a straight point collar and clean French placket that lends a polished finish – and it looks great on its own, too. (Note: It is currently available for pre-order, but it will be shipped in time for you to wear it to all those holiday parties.)
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/bensol-donegal-trim-fit-tweed-pants/4006040 Bensol - Donegal Trim Fit Tweed Pants
Bensol - Donegal Trim Fit Tweed Pants
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Bensol - Donegal Trim Fit Tweed Pants
Donegal Trim Fit Tweed Pants
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Keeping the outfit dressier and sophisticated, these Bensol pants are made from an amazing subtle Donegal tweed that is ideal for this outfit. The light flecks in the fabric create the right texture to balance the solid black sweater and deep colors of the button up shirt. The modern fit is comfortable for any gent, with a slim look that works with the other pieces, too. Of course, a pair of dark grey twill jeans are just as good-looking for a more casual finish.
http://www.zappos.com/h-by-hudson-hadstone-black-calf H by Hudson - Hadstone
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Finish this outfit with these plain toe oxfords from H by Hudson. The clean design of the smooth leather upper and the contrast sole gives classic dress shoes an updated look that is great for the party – and most any workday.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ag-the-lux-tailored-straight-leg-chinos/3642884 AG Jeans - The Lux Tailored Straight Leg Chinos
AG Jeans - The Lux Tailored Straight Leg Chinos
In the Office, Outfit 2. As long as your office isn’t overly conservative, adding a little holiday cheer with these AG pants will be a sure win. And with the popularity of deep, dark burgundy this season, they add color without being loud. The twill fabric is so soft, with a touch of stretch that makes them incredibly comfortable – ideal for a full day and party to follow. The modern fit has a mid-rise and updated, narrower leg, with plenty of room in the seat and thigh for any gent.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Merino-Wool-Bird's-Eye-Half-Zip-Sweater/MS00650,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - Merino Wool Bird's-Eye Half-Zip Sweater
Brooks Brothers - Merino Wool Bird's-Eye Half-Zip Sweater
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Brooks Brothers - Merino Wool Bird's-Eye Half-Zip Sweater
Merino Wool Bird's-Eye Half-Zip Sweater
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This easy-fitting merino wool sweater from Brooks Brothers allows the pants to be the focus of this outfit and keeps the look sophisticated. The navy color is a perfect compliment to the cabernet red, with a bird’s eye pattern that adds interest without drawing attention.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/david-donahue-regular-fit-oxford-dress-shirt/3233680 David Donahue - Regular Fit Oxford Dress Shirt
David Donahue - Regular Fit Oxford Dress Shirt
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David Donahue - Regular Fit Oxford Dress Shirt
Regular Fit Oxford Dress Shirt
David Donahue
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By layering the sweater in this look over David Donahue’s similarly easy-fitting oxford shirt, the textured weave of the white fabric brings out the bird’s-eye pattern of the sweater, creating a clean and crisp accent to this look that can be worn with or without a tie.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Alternating-Stripe-Knit-Tie/MA01942,default,pd.html?dwvar_MA01942_Color=GREY&contentpos=11 Brooks Brothers - Alternating Stripe Knit Tie
Brooks Brothers - Alternating Stripe Knit Tie
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Brooks Brothers - Alternating Stripe Knit Tie
Alternating Stripe Knit Tie
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For this casual office party look, we love this striped silk knit tie. It’s the finishing sartorial touch that really steps up your style game, and shows the attention to detail any good party look deserves. The mostly grey fabric coordinates with the sweater and doesn’t add any color that would conflict with the pants.
 

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