Style Playbook

The Holiday Party

The holidays tend to put a lot of pressure on everything. From finding the perfect present to showing up (and showing off) for the relatives you barely see the rest of the year. It's also a time rife with social engagements. And all these expectations tend to make people a bit unsure on how to dress for these occasions. Too festive? You're a goof. But if you don't put any effort into your party attire you'll look like a scrooge. The key to hitting that stylishly seasonal sweet spot? Subtlety.


Dressed Up

For the formal affairs, dinners and fancy office parties with a dress code.
Also applicable for New Year's. A polished suit worn without a tie or a jacket and tie cut from seasonal fabrics like velvet and wool tartans.


Dark Suit

$499 by Suitsupply

White Shirt

$89.50 by Club Monaco

Pocket Square

$12 by River Island

Monk Strap Shoes

$135 by Hugo Boss

Wool Trousers

$225 by J.Crew

Plaid Tie

$55 by Original Penguin

Velvet Blazer

$795 by Ralph Lauren

Chelsea Boots

$155 by Aldo

Biased Advice

Don't be on time for a party. We almost consider it rude. Arrive at least 15 minutes after the announced time so you're not drinking alone when everyone else shows up.



For the party your buddy is throwing or one where you might get roped into playing some games. An understated, yet still festive fair isle sweater or an easygoing plaid shirt accented with some bold socks.


Fair Isle Sweater

$118 by J.Crew


$50 by Dockers


$39.99 by Faribault for Target

Suede Boots

$115 by 1901


$285 by Levi's Made and Crafted


$36 by Chup

Plaid Shirt

$39.50 by J.Crew Factory

Rugged Wing Tips

$149 by Beckett Simonon