With party season upon us, let’s talk about the dreaded dress code. These codes are hard to break, so they are best not messed with. They often have people confused and concerned. When in doubt, it is best to be a bit overdressed, but you can always ask your hosts. Here are the basics, for your reference. A Gathering of Friends may involve casual or business casual attire. This is where you can have some fun with patterns and textures while still tucking in your shirt.

dressAdd some personality! Throw on a blazer (try crushed velvet) and ditch it only if you are the only one not wearing one. Dressed up denim works here, as do flannels or current chinos. Chukka boots, loafers or brogues are great choices for footwear. The Office Holiday Party might require cocktail attire. Go for the killer suit in a dark hue, an awesome dress shirt and a power tie, to be removed only if your boss is not wearing one. This is formal with room for creativity. Be sure your shoes are shined. Go for brogues, oxfords or monk straps as your dancing shoes.

New Year’s Eve could be a black tie optional affair. A black suit is acceptable with a tie or a bow tie. When the invite states black tie, there is no option. Tuxedo, spread collar pleated shirt, cummerbund, hand tied bow tie and tuxedo shoes are in order. Being the sharp dressed man at a party never hurts! Treat yourself to a pampering shave and a haircut and get out there and have a great time!!

By: Joelle Goddard-Cooling and her husband Jeff Cooling | Joelle’s and Jeff ’s Guyshop  are partners with Lou Frasca and Dan Bishop at Scrivener’s Men’s Apparel. All three businesses are located on Brant Street in Downtown Burlington.

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