What to Wear for Every Holiday Party

Here's what to wear to a holiday party at your buddies' house, a work holiday party and a New Year's Eve party.


Are you one of those guys who wants to look stylish but finds it doesn’t come all that naturally? We feel you. Don’t fret: With some advice from LA-based stylist Meg Gallagher, we’re all going to learn how to dress a little better. In this edition, we’ll be putting together outfits to help you look fashionably festive at every holiday party you attend.

Outfit #1: House Party Holiday Look

When attending a holiday party at someone else’s pad, Gallagher suggests dressing casual and seasonal—rather than overly festive. More specifically, she recommends wearing a chunky cardigan, a thick (and, if you’d like, festively-colored) button-down shirt, dark-colored jeans and boots. Or, if you prefer an even more casual look, “you could swap out the cardigan and the button-down for a plaid shirt jacket and a T-shirt,” Gallagher says. Kind of like a lumberjack, but one who only chops down Christmas trees.

Outfit #2: The Office Christmas Party Look

If you work in a casual environment and the office holiday party is following suit, Gallagher has two suggestions. The first is the “Rock n’ Roll” look—that is, “a leather jacket, a tee, distressed [otherwise known as worn in] black or charcoal jeans and motorcycle boots.” If that’s not your style, Gallagher says a patterned ski sweater, a T-shirt, slim chinos or trousers and either suede loafers or wingtips without socks is a less conspicuous option.

On the other hand, if your office Christmas party is more on the formal side, Gallagher recommends wearing either a velvet or fine corduroy sport coat with a pocket square, a dress shirt, slim trousers or chinos and a pair of suede loafers.

Outfit #3: The New Year’s Eve Party Look

Gallagher suggests celebrating New Year’s by bringing your blazers out from the back of the closet. Which, if the party you’re attending is somewhat casual, means wearing a black blazer over a navy blue crewneck sweater, distressed dark grey jeans and boots. If you’re feeling especially dressy, Gallagher says black tie attire (a.k.a. a black or navy dinner suit) is the way to go. Or, if you want to stand out as the most festive guy at the party, your other option is to “wear a navy jacket with a black lapel and black trousers, or a plaid jacket with a black lapel and black trousers,” she says. Because nobody looks bad in a suit.

If you have any questions about getting the look you want—fits, cuts, colors or anything else fashion-related—email us at bm@dollarshaveclub.com, or leave a comment below. We’ll have a stylist answer it in an upcoming post.