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November 17, 2015

4 Elegant Holiday Bash Outfits: Dapper Duds for the Gents

Week 2 of our Holiday Festive Dressing Series focuses on the 2 dressier parties you’ll typically encounter this holiday season: 1. Cocktail party/ Dressy sit-down dinner; 2. Formal celebration. We broke it all down in this week’s Clothes & Conversation, “The Elegant Holiday Bash: Gents’ Festive Dressing Series, Part 2 (of 3)” .
Are you partaking in any of these types of parties this season? If so, we’ve got some ideas on what to wear – 4 ideas to be exact, 2 outfits for each type of party below. Let us know what you think in the comments below and on social media. We’ll be back next week to navigate dressing for some of the parties closest to our hearts – casual holiday get-togethers with friends and loved ones.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/classic-fit-sport-coat/4120185
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Peter Millar - Classic Fit Windowpane Wool Sport Coat
Classic Fit Windowpane Wool Sport Coat
Peter Millar
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Posh holiday parties call for great looking suits or sophisticated sport coats, with a splash of holiday color. Let the Santa at the party go all out, your look can have a more subtle nod to the season. And this modern fitting navy sport coat from Peter Millar does just that, with a rich red windowpane overlay pattern that adds the perfect amount of cheer. For a more formal gathering, pair it with dark grey wool pants and a white or blue spread collar shirt. You don’t need to wear a red tie and simple white pocket square to accessorize this look, though that certainly looks great. You can also step out with a blue or green tie and add this dapper pocket square to bring the whole look together.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_feature/TheSuitShop/PRDOVR~C8889/99103971606/C8889.jsp J.Crew - Wallace & Barnes Peak-lapel Suit
J.Crew - Wallace & Barnes Peak-lapel Suit
Cocktail Party/Dressy Sit-down Dinner, Outfit 1. A holiday part is the perfect time to show off your sartorial savvy. Do it with this J.Crew double-breasted suit. The contemporary fit and peak lapel ensure this won’t look like your grandfather’s suit (or Dave Letterman’s). The pants are even sold separately – also through the ‘shop it’ button, just scroll down the page – to ensure a great fit. J.Crew uses a luxe Italian wool that has a striation to it (a cool, streaking effect) that gives the grey fabric such a debonair finish.
http://www.barneys.com/drake's-grenadine-necktie-504189811.html Drake's - Grenadine Necktie
Drake's - Grenadine Necktie
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Drake's - Grenadine Necktie
Grenadine Necktie
Drake's
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A pop of color is essential during the holiday season, but it doesn’t always need to be red or green. The rich texture and saturated shade of orange in Drake’s silk and wool tie look great with the grey fabric of the suit in this look. Made in England, it has an elegant holiday feel without screaming Christmas.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/todd-snyder-white-label-trim-fit-solid-dress-shirt/4011916 Todd Snyder White Label - Trim Fit Solid Dress Shirt
Todd Snyder White Label - Trim Fit Solid Dress Shirt
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Todd Snyder White Label - Trim Fit Solid Dress Shirt
Trim Fit Solid Dress Shirt
Todd Snyder White Label
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A crisp white shirt is an elegant way to dress up the double-breasted suit we’re featuring in this outfit. Todd Snyder White Label is a newer contemporary brand we really love. They use wonderful quality fabrics and cover all the stylish details to give you a good reason to buy a new white shirt. It has mitered cuffs and a wide spread collar that pairs perfectly with this suit.
http://www.zappos.com/product/8602506/color/381666 Magnanni - Nava Double Monk Strap Shoe
Magnanni - Nava Double Monk Strap Shoe
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Magnanni - Nava Double Monk Strap Shoe
Nava Double Monk Strap Shoe
Magnanni
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Finish this outfit with Magnanni’s double monk strap shoes. The burnished tobacco color has a modern look that perfectly offsets the vintage feel of the fashionable double-breasted suit. Made in Spain, Magnanni is one of our favorite shoemakers, producing quality, comfortable shoes that will hold up season after season.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/peter-millar-classic-fit-navy-wool-blazer/3640005 Peter Millar - Classic Fit Navy Wool Blazer
Peter Millar - Classic Fit Navy Wool Blazer
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Peter Millar - Classic Fit Navy Wool Blazer
Classic Fit Navy Wool Blazer
Peter Millar
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Cocktail Party/Dressy Sit-down Dinner, Outfit 2. A timeless navy blazer is a gent’s best friend, for work and play. In this case, it’s an effortless alternative to a dressy suit for a holiday cocktail party. The “everyman” modern fit of Peter Millar’s beautifully made pieces make this wool blazer a win for any gent’s wardrobe. The notch lapel and 2-button closure has a rich look that will dress up with the other pieces we’re showing in this outfit. And it can also look more casual with jeans and a pullover sweater and sport shirt, so, you’ll simply get tons of wear out of it.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/super-120s-wool-ff-soho-fit/4121202 Ballin - Flat Front Solid Wool Trousers
Ballin - Flat Front Solid Wool Trousers
These charcoal grey wool pants add a dressed up, formal look to the navy blazer featured in this outfit. Ballin’s flat front styling has a timeless look that will always work, in a modern fit that will ensure you can partake in all of the night’s fun. The super fine 120’s wool is a beautifully soft fabric that is also partially lined for additional comfort.
http://www.hugoboss.com/us/'tie-7.5-cm'-regular%2C-silk-textured-repp-stripe-tie/hbna50292015.html BOSS Hugo Boss - Silk Textured Repp Stripe Tie
BOSS Hugo Boss - Silk Textured Repp Stripe Tie
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Silk Textured Repp Stripe Tie
Silk Textured Repp Stripe Tie
BOSS Hugo Boss
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Instead of going with a traditionally festive tie, Hugo Boss’ clean navy and white striped silk creates a sophisticated look with the rest of the pieces in this outfit and gives you an opportunity to have some fun with the pocket square we’re featuring. And, it’s a tie you’ll be able to wear year round, so there is zero chance for buyer’s remorse.
http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=71368306 Polo Ralph Lauren - Tartan Silk Pocket Square
Polo Ralph Lauren - Tartan Silk Pocket Square
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Polo Ralph Lauren - Tartan Silk Pocket Square
Tartan Silk Pocket Square
Polo Ralph Lauren
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There is no way we could pass up this pocket square. It is simply the perfect holiday accent – a little goes a long way here. From Polo Ralph Lauren, it is made of beautiful Italian silk. And while the pop of red tartan works with the dressy blue tie and everything else in this look, it also just has a great wintery feel, so don’t be afraid to use it all season long.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/sportcoatsandvests/velvet/PRDOVR~22273/22273.jsp?color_name=dark-pacific J.Crew - Velvet Ludlow Shawl-collar Blazer
J.Crew - Velvet Ludlow Shawl-collar Blazer
Formal Celebration, Outfit 1. Holiday parties means you can get a little creative with your dressing and we are all in. We are obsessed with this rich, deep blue velvet shawl collar blazer from J.Crew. It exudes style, in a contemporary fit, without being trendy. It’s such an easy jacket to dress up for a formal affair, as we’re showing you in this outfit. But it also takes on a really cool feel with jeans, a less formal shirt and tie. At J.Crew’s prices, it’s the perfect place to play with style. (And as long as you’re not with the same crowd, you’ll love busting this jacket out again for New Year’s Eve and any Winter party.)
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/tuxedo-spread-dress-shirt/4148615 Ledbury - Trim Fit French Cuff Tuxedo Shirt
Ledbury - Trim Fit French Cuff Tuxedo Shirt
Tuxedo shirts aren’t just for tuxedos. This one, from Ledbury, has French cuffs and a standard button front so you don’t need studs. This creates the perfect blend of formal and unstuffy that is ideal with the featured velvet blazer. The textured 100% cotton and spread collar look good with a long tie or bow tie, giving you several ways to wear it.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ted-baker-london-frobisher-flat-front-solid-wool-trousers/4108897 Ted Baker - Frobisher Flat Front Solid Wool Trousers
Ted Baker - Frobisher Flat Front Solid Wool Trousers
Let the velvet jacket we’re featuring in this outfit be the star, and pair it with these wonderful Italian wool charcoal grey pants from Ted Baker. The contemporary fit is slim, like the jacket, and the flannel-like finish of the pants’ fabric easily holds up to the rich texture of the velvet.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/solid-bowtie/4141108 David Donahue - Paisley Bow Tie
David Donahue - Paisley Bow Tie
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David Donahue - Paisley Bow Tie
Paisley Bow Tie
David Donahue
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Bow ties have a festive feel and are a party conversation starter. Really, every gent gets compliments in a bow tie – and that is sure to be true when you finish this stylish outfit with David Donahue’s richly textured silk, cotton and wool one. The exploded paisley pattern makes this tie special and the deep red with black is perfect with the velvet blazer. Your are holiday party ready.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/canali-classic-fit-wool-suit/3816978 Canali - Classic Fit Wool Suit
Canali - Classic Fit Wool Suit
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Canali - Classic Fit Wool Suit
Classic Fit Wool Suit
Canali
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Formal Celebration, Outfit 2. A solid navy suit in an interesting fabric is the ultimate look for a formal, non-black-tie, holiday party. Canali, known for their exquisite Italian fabrics and finishes delivers with this modern-fitting suit that has a timeless look to “suit” you for years. The all wool fabric has a luxurious seasonal texture in a dark navy that serves as a blank canvas – so you can feel confident that you will get plenty of wear out of it, beyond our suggested outfit here. The holiday party season may be the reason to invest in this suit, while the years of use – for any important event or meeting – will easily justify the purchase. Once you buy it online, you can even bring it in to your local Nordstrom for alterations (basic ones are free).
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306630907&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446809059 Ike Behar - Regular-Fit Striped Dress Shirt
Ike Behar - Regular-Fit Striped Dress Shirt
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Ike Behar - Regular-Fit Striped Dress Shirt
Regular-Fit Striped Dress Shirt
Ike Behar
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You know you can always wear a white shirt with the featured suit in this outfit, but we’re here to show you alternatives you might not think of. Ike Behar’s blue stripe is just as dapper, and will add a little holiday levity to your look. Like the suit, it has a modern fit so it won’t be too trim, allowing you to move with ease. Yet, the spread collar gives it a more formal look so it is still appropriate for a dressy affair. The beauty of this stripe is that you can think of it as a solid shirt when choosing your tie. No fear about mixing stripes and patterns. It works with most any pattern or solid tie.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s//4016400 Canali - Dot Silk Tie
Canali - Dot Silk Tie
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Canali - Dot Silk Tie
Dot Silk Tie
Canali
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The versatility of the suit and shirt in this outfit means we can have some fun with a coordinating tie. Keep the look dressy, while adding a holiday touch, with Canali’s red and blue broken dot pattern tie. The red base color acknowledges the season, and the pattern shows off your sartorial know-how by easily coordinating the dots with the stripes of the shirt. The pattern mix completes a party vibe for this sophisticated look.
http://www.zappos.com/allen-edmonds-yorktown-dark-chili-burnished-calf Allen-Edmonds - Yorktown
Allen-Edmonds - Yorktown
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Allen-Edmonds - Yorktown
Yorktown
Allen-Edmonds
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Black and varying shades of brown shoes work well with the featured suit in this outfit. Allen-Edmonds uses a beautiful dark chili brown leather with a burnished finish that is truly elegant and versatile. Allen-Edmonds always delivers on quality, with a premium calfskin leather upper and leather footbed and sole. They are so comfortable, you will be able to stay on the dance floor all night – or, stand by the bar. Your choice.
 

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