Dressing for party season is confusing. Fact. Even those men who pride themselves on being able to dress themselves reasonably well for the most part of the year are prone to deeply furrowed brows and mild to moderate perspiration when the prospect of party dressing rears its head.
Why is party season so difficult to get a grip on? It comes round every year with clockwork precision and dress codes have remained more or less the same for a century or so. Sure, there are seasonal party updates to consider, but ultimately the essence of party dressing remains intact. Just think back to the last time you attended a formal function. Chances are you saw a whole throng of men dressed in strikingly similar black suits, with bow ties ranging from boring to bad (yours should sit squarely in the middle, FYI).
The mistake most men make is having an obsessive preoccupation with dress codes. Don’t get us wrong, it really is important, and jeans are definitely a no-no irrespective of how you interpret your invitation. However, it’s the small details which you really need to hone in on.
From decoding dress codes to figuring out how to stand out in a sea of black tuxedos, here are six ways to master party season style.