THIS STORY WAS SPONSORED BY GUESS WATCHES.
You owe it to yourself, and the hosts and hostesses of the upcoming spate of holiday parties, to have some fun with your outfits. A tuxedo is a given, but given the celebratory nature of the season, an unexpected colour or special pattern feels right. Wear itwith your trusty French cuff shirt and favourite cufflinks. The perfect finishing touch is Guess’s classic Dress Watch with its bright gold dial and glossy croc-embossed leather strap — use it to time your fashionably late arrival down to the second.
Guess’s dress watch, with minimal design flourishes and a sharp black and gold colour scheme, speaks volumes without shouting. The two-tone face is elegant and easy to read, with the classic touch of Roman numerals coupled with the more modern day and date functions.
A black tuxedo will always be a reliable choice, but when holiday parties are concerned, an added flourish goes a long way. In this case, the traditional noir tux gets spiced up with a tonal paisley pattern that reveals itself when it catches the light, a subtle surprise that will steal the show.
There are so few occasions to wear a French cuff shirt nowadays, so when the opportunity comes around, it’s time to take full advantage. Like all of your shirts, this should be slim cut without pulling at the buttons, and the wing collar is a subtle design detail that acts as a point of differentiation.
Velvet and the holidays go hand in hand, and while you could opt for a velvet tuxedo jacket, might we recommend a bow tie instead? The deep red is festive without being kitschy, and the fact that it’s a bow tie helps to distinguish it from something you would normally wear to the office.
The warmth of gold tone accessories combats the chilly weather while feeling rich and party appropriate. A simple cufflink shape balances the flashier nature of the metal nicely, while also being a welcome change from the overplayed novelty cufflinks of years past.
Evening events mean you have a lot more footwear options than you normally do for the workday, so leave your black lace-up Oxfords at home and don a patent leather slipper instead. They’re dressy yet comfortable, meaning they fit right in at formal functions but also let you cut a rug with ease.