Recently, a modicum of seasonal awareness in conjunction with some management-mandated SEO research tipped your correspondent off to the fact that many of you have been searching the internet for a “men’s party outfit.” This makes sense — New Year’s Eve and its attendant soirées are right around the corner, and a man (or at least a man who subscribes to “traditional” clothing choices as an expression of gender) could be forgiven for needing some help putting a “men’s party outfit” together.
Thus we elected to service this Quandary of the Great Search Engine via three curated NYE ensembles — one casual, one elevated, one formal(ish) — that are virtually guaranteed to garner compliments in the waning hours of 2021. Feel free to wear them even if you are not a man. Feel free to wear them even if you are not going to a party. But if you are a man who happens to be going to a party, please let this be your “men’s party outfit” guide.
For the Casual Get-Together
For a more casual NYE hang, the goal is to take your run-of-the-mill kit and elevate it just a tad via small festive details. For example, sub out your regular crewneck sweater for a cable-knit in a cheery color (if it’s made from flecked Donegal wool, all the better), anchor it with a quality pair of dark selvage denim (cuffed) and then hit ‘em with the textured sock and oxblood loafer combo down low.
Todd Snyder x Inis Meáin Aran Cable Crewneck Red Donegal Sweater
Sponsored by AG
AG Tellis “Greensboro” Jean
Roots Canada Cabin 3-Point Sock
G.H. Bass Logan Flat-Strap Weejuns
For the Elevated Gathering
For a gathering that’s a little more elevated, feel free to take things up a notch. This publication has written at length regarding the opinion that the turtleneck is a smart combination of sexy and sophisticated, especially when you add the professorial swag of a woolly patterned blazer over top. Dark cords make for a nice anchor and ensure the overall vibe isn’t too stuffy, and a suede Chelsea boot is just left-of-center enough to let people know you’re not messing around.
Sponsored by AG
AG Canon Turtleneck
Bonobos Corduroy 5-Pocket Pants
Suit Supply Mid Brown Houndstooth Havana Jacket
Clark’s Clarkdale Hall Cognac Suede Chelsea Boots
For the Fancy Party
In terms of fancy dress, New Year’s Eve is a unique sartorial opportunity. A big enough occasion that wearing a tuxedo is very much in the cards, but not so formal an occasion that a slightly whimsical twist on the tuxedo would seem gauche. Thus you should use it as a chance to go a little rogue. Grab a jacket that’ll turn heads. Switch out your normal dress kicks for something velvet with a little embroidery. Then pump the brakes and keep everything else understated. You’ve done enough already.
J.Crew Ludlow Slim-fit Unstructured Suit Jacket in English Wool
Boss Genius Satin-Trim Wool-Blend Trousers
The TieBar Solid Satin Black Diamond-Tipped Bowtie
George Cleverley Albert Leather-Trimmed Embroidered Velvet Loafers
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