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What to Wear to Your Office Christmas Party – Men’s Christmas Party Outfit Ideas

Party season is upon us, and there’s no doubt that you’ll be going to an office party or two over the festive period.

Dressing up and knowing what to wear can sometimes be a tricky issue, should you go super formal or super casual or somewhere in between?

Here are some tips and advice, along with some inspiration, to help you decide what to wear to your office Christmas party.

christmas party dress code

If you are going to your work Christmas party or any party in festive season, the first thing you should ask is what is the dress code?

If there isn’t a set dress code, you should dress for the place you’re visiting.

If it’s more of a casual Christmas in a private function room or social club, you can dress down a bit and go smart casual.

What you wear and how you dress will depend on where you are going. If you have any doubts, you can ask other people who are participating what they are wearing.

Dressing for the occasion is always important.

dress for the occasion

It’s cold outside, so you should have all your winter men’s clothing in your wardrobe and be ready to wear.

A no brainer and important piece of fashion advice, when dressing, you should wear what the occasion dictates. If there is a dress code or theme for the party, stick to it.

If you’re going to be sitting at a posh restaurant, or going out on a formal night, you’ll want to keep it classy and suit up.

If it’s a more casual function or just your average night out with work, you can tone it down with smart casuals.

Men's Christmas Party Outfit Ideas

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smart christmas party dress

Some people really like to go out for Christmas parties. From black tie to smart affairs, if it’s a smart outfit, all you really need is a suit and boots.

Your office may have planned a sit-down restaurant, so you need to look the part.

If this is a restaurant where you are expected to look smart, then you should. A smart look can be:

  • Suit or blazer with smart dark jeans/chinos
  • plain shirt
  • formal shoes
  • smart coat

Smart Casual Christmas Party Outfit

For most shindigs at Christmas, a smart casual outfit would be best. This is good because there are so many things you can pull out of your wardrobe to wear. But then it’s bad for the same reason it gives you so many options to think, what should I wear tonight?

Here is a simple smart casual outfit that you can wear.

  • smart plain sweater
  • shirt
  • dark jeans
  • casual or formal shoes
  • smart coat

Creating a smart casual outfit is all about using basic pieces, but using them well. Think plain knitwear and the staple colors are black, white, gray and navy.

You can add a dash of festive colors in small doses, for example pocket squares.

casual christmas party dress

Here’s the easiest and coolest dress code for a casual Christmas party.

If your office has arranged a few drinks at a pub or social club, or you’re doing something else that’s a bit casual, then dressing up is fine.

You’ll still want to look presentable, so it’s still important to show that you’ve put in an effort.

Here’s a simple outfit idea for what you can wear

  • jeans or chinos
  • casual shirt
  • Jeans
  • Smart Trainers or Casual Shoes

velvet blazer

A jacket you’ll probably only wear once, or a few times at most. I’m talking about a velvet jacket . They feel really cool, look smart and are definitely seasonal and great for Christmas time.

The one drawback may be that you’ll only wear it once or twice, but this may create the look you’re going for. But for a Christmas party outfit, it’s a great one-time wear item.

christmas party dress code

office party suit

If you don’t usually wear a suit to work, this is your chance to dress up, recover, and look sharp. A classic black suit with a white shirt and tie is never going to go out of fashion and will always look smart.

If you want to go for something other than black navy blue and gray work well. If you’re feeling a bit experimental then very deep shades of purple, burgundy and wine can work well without looking too cheesy.

You can use different as you would with summer fashion too. Wear a smart jacket with some color to complement smart jeans or chinos for a more edgy smart look.

smart plain shirts
christmas party shirts for men


For your choice of shirt it depends on a few things; What are you going to wear with it, and what are your own personal tastes.

Plain options always look smart with a jacket, they’ll also add a bit of style when worn with knits or a cardigan.

You can try something different, I love all these prints with dots, spots or other small patterns. They stand out among most for a stylish Christmas outfit.

It’s also easy to tone them down. You can wear a cardigan, which will show off just the right amount of the pattern of the shirt.

You should also avoid check patterns as they are often seen as a casual shirt.

What to Wear to a Christmas Office Party - Jumper

knits, jumpers and cardigans

Plain knits are always smart and a good option. You can go for a round neck collar. You can wear a shirt under it without worrying too much about it.

Make sure it is of a color that suits the knit.

A cardigan is a great thing to wear with a blazer to create a smart look. You can add color to your outfit with a bold or patterned shirt, and as long as you button up with a toned down cardigan, it will keep the outfit sleek.

Roll Neck Jumper (aka Turtle Neck Sweater)

Men's Roll Neck Outfit - Wearing the Roll Neck Sweater on Its Own

One of my favorite things to wear in winter is a roll neck jumper. At first I was not a fan of it, but as time went by I realized how stylish a roll neck jumper can be, and how wearing this simple pullover can give a stylish edge to your look.

I think every man should have at least one roll neck in his winter wardrobe, they are a great piece to create a smart casual outfit for winters.

Wear a neutral color like gray or navy and pair it with an overcoat for a smart winter look for your office Christmas party.

smart shoes for christmas office party
What shoes to wear to a Christmas party - Brogues


You should already have a good pair of shoes, so you’ll want to make sure they’re in tip-top condition.

Polish them up and make sure they are looking good. If your shoes aren’t looking their best, do yourself a favor and buy yourself an early Christmas gift.

Smart shoes are the way to go. While a pair of oxfords or derby shoes are always smart, brogues will add some edge to the look.

a coat

When it comes to your office Christmas party, since it’s winter, you’ll probably want to wrap up. But how do you do it in style?

An overcoat is a great item to have because they are versatile and very timeless. If you don’t already have one, choose a black, gray or navy option, or for a different look, a camel coat is a very stylish option.

Accessories and Details

You can go for a plain looking outfit like a black suit, but adding a few finishing touches can really make an outfit something out of your average white shirt and black suit.

Adding small details can work wonders. This includes a tie and pocket square, cufflinks and watches that can all add a bit of elegance or color that can set you apart from everyone else.

Men's Christmas Party Outfit Ideas - Dress Smart

wear something different than what you do at work

The office Christmas party is the night where people try and go all out. It is synonymous with many things. All manner of antics and when the wine starts flowing are what separate the light-weights from the seasoned drinkers.

You want to stand out without standing out, and wearing something you’d wear to work every day just won’t cut it. If your job means you have to wear a suit and tie every day, opt for something more casual while still being smart.

You could try some smart jeans with a shirt and jacket, or a nice merino knit with a shirt.

get grooming right

A good grooming regime should already be adopted, but if it isn’t, get this right for the party. Get your hair cut in good time, but not too early, a week before the day, and style it as you like.

Shave at night, or if you have facial hair, make sure it’s grown out, choose a scent, and put it on before you go out.

Don’t forget things like face scrubs, moisturizers, and under-eye products. These will not only make you look better but will also give you that all important confidence.

When choosing a fragrance I would choose something masculine that stands out. A good universal fragrance is Creed Aventus and if you are looking for an exotic scent, Dior Sauvage EDT is such a great choice.

Remember not to use too much, a few sprays at most should do (remember that EDPs are stronger than a standard EDT).

no novelty dress

It’s not a good idea to go out in a novelty outfit ie a Christmas jumper, unless you know others are doing it. Otherwise you’ll forever be known as “the Christmas jumper man.”

Save your best Christmas jumper for Christmas Jumper Day (yes, that’s a thing now!)

In a casual situation you can opt for a Fair Isle knit which is festive but can look quite civilized. You can also wear it with a shirt and tie, provided you can find a cardigan or V-neck style, most are round neck collar jumpers.

How to dress for your office party when you have no idea what to wear

If you’re really unsure what to wear, stick to the classics. A dark pair of jeans or trousers will look great with a dress shirt, jumper for layering, a clean pair of shoes and a smart jacket.

Choose a color that you wouldn’t wear to the office, shades of blue and even light pink would work well here.

Since it’s cold outside, you can layer the shirt with a jumper on top. Choose a color that goes well with your shirt; staple colors like gray, navy, and black are easy choices.

Coming to the jacket, you can go for a blazer to match the shirt and/or jumper you are wearing.

Don’t forget the shoes, which should be clean.


And there you have it, helpful advice and a guide on what to wear to your office Christmas party. These tips should get you noticed for your work part, whether it’s a formal or a smart casual affair.

Remember to plan what you’re going to wear the day before, try on outfits and make sure everything fits and looks good, and you’ll be good to go.

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