Stand out from the crowd this party season

The chances are that your diary holds more party invitations than usual for this month and next. Now that we’ve put the more extreme costumes of Halloween behind us, there’s Bonfire Night and all manner of Christmas events to dress for. With work, family and social occasions to look forward to, you’ll want to look your best. With a bit of planning and perhaps a small step outside your comfort zone, you could make this your most stylish festive season yet.

The different events you’re heading to may have different sartorial rules or expectations, but it’s still possible to find variation within those constraints. Remember that there’s always a way to make it work for you so that you feel true to yourself and have a great time. For example, a black tie dress code might call for the eternal dinner jacket and bow tie combination, but there are ways to vary it. Pair our bold classic Zarazz tie in black with a satin-lapelled jacket for a razor-sharp look, or dial the formality back a touch and team a sleek shawl-collared jacket with a slim Pascal Dino tie in white for the ultimate in laid-back style. For more relaxed events, keep the dinner jacket but pair it with a fine polo-neck knit and slim trousers for effortless cool.


You may also want to think about who you will be attending various events with, or who might see you there. Making the effort to plan what you’re going to wear not only ensures you will look and feel good but also pays a compliment to your fellow party-goers – you’re telling them you value their opinion and notice what they’re wearing too. It’s to be expected that you will give investment pieces like a suit or jacket more than one outing, but you can signal your interest in style by making subtle adjustments or substitutions to your outfits. Accessories are a great way of doing that.

It’s not hard to find style inspiration at the moment, especially if you venture out to the city centre or shopping mall – the shops are full of ideas for seasonal party wear. To inject a subtle dose of colour and texture, consider a jacket in dark green or plum velvet and keep everything else black, bow tie included. While you can buy bow ties in the shops, on closer inspection you’ll see that most are not really proper bow ties at all but are made from a strip of fabric stitch across fixed wings. For a step up in quality, you need one of Bow Tie By Design’s hand-made true bow ties, made by hand-tying a bow tie. The difference in design and expertise shows in the overall effect of your final look.

Whatever type of party you’re dressing for this winter, you can add your own stamp of style and class. A combination of investment dressing and seasonal updates is the key to ensuring you always look good, no matter what the occasion. Of course you’ll leave an impression on the people you meet with your sparkling conversation and dazzling smile, but the icing on the cake will be how good you look and feel. Now that’s worth raising a glass to!

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