The party season brings with it a whole host of conundrums, each as maddeningly confusing as the next. Bow tie or no tie? Pocket square or tie pin? Then, there's the matter of being a well-behaved guest which successfully starts way before you cross your host's threshold. From excellent etiquette to the most natty way to nail the dress code, discover the tips that should see you sail through this month's social engagements.
Bring a gift. It's less common courtesy and more common decency to bring your host a gift if you're attending a house party or dinner party. And unless you're planning on bringing along a magnum of Bollinger, the obligatory bottle of proescco or wine is at best uninspired and at worst mildly insulting.
Instead show your guest that you've planned ahead and are really appreciative of their invite by offering them a token of your gratitude which you've put some brain power into choosing. Flowers are a failsafe choice (these must not be obtained at the local service station) and if you're feeling a little more generous, show them just how well you really do know them by extending a gift card for their favourite shop.
Use your suit's button hole. You'd be hard pressed to find a blazer lapel without one, but despite this when it comes to accessorising a suit, the humble button hole is routinely ignored in favour of its neighbouring breast pocket. However, there are sartorial points to be scored by adding a little decoration to your lapel's button hole.
Dress code strictly black tie? In a sea of suits what better way to stand out than by adding a floral sprig to your tuxedo. Field continues: "It's important to invest in the finishing touches to really elevate your outfit, I always like to reference the classics. In Casablanca Humphrey Bogart immortalised his character's style with the simple addition of a carnation in the button hole of his tuxedo jacket."
For a more robust alternative that you can call on season after season, a floral pin will add similar flair to your party season tailoring.