Last Minute Formal Holiday Attire for Men

pepeak1_1It’s that time of year—the time when we’re all getting invited to holiday parties! In addition to the big family gatherings, friends want to have parties, too.  Then there’s the sometimes-dreaded work social gathering. While some women start planning their holiday outfits a month in advance, men don’t always think that far ahead. Here are a few last minute formal holiday looks that can serve you well at a formal dinner, business event, or holiday service.

The Full Tuxedo

It might seem like overkill, but an elegant tuxedo like the 2 button peak lapel tuxedo by Ike Behar will make any man look great.  This simple style includes a single breasted jacket without tails and a pair of formal trousers.  Just pair it with a simple button down shirt and a nice tie and you’re set. A dark colored suit is easy to accessorize since most colors will go with it, and all you need are a pair of black shoes.

A Nice Button Down Shirt

If a dinner jacket would be too formal for the occasion, you can always wear a nice non-pleated laydown collar tuxedo shirt.  These shirts, which come in a variety of different colors, can be paired with a nice necktie or bowtie. You can even add a vest to the look if you want. Pair the shirt with a nice pair of black dress shoes and dark colored trousers for a semi-formal occasion.

A Good Pair of Pants

A good pair of tuxedo pants, or at least a pair of nice black trousers, is also a part of a formal holiday outfit. Of course, you don’t always have to go with black—khakis, dark blue pants, or even unusual colors like burgundy or olive green pants can also work for a formal event.  It all depends on what the rest of your outfit looks like.

Accessorize in Style

If you’re attending a very formal event, you may want to find a tuxedo shirt that has French cuffs. This gives you an excuse to add a pair of gorgeous cufflinks to your ensemble. If your event is white tie, you may even need shirt studs to use in fastening your dress shirt. Always remember that your shirt studs and your cufflinks need to match or at least coordinate. That’s why many of these pieces of jewelry are sold as sets.

Don’t Forget the Shoes

Finally, no last minute formal holiday outfit is complete without a nice pair of black tuxedo shoes. These shoes are a staple of any formal outfit. Every man should have a pair in his closet. There are a variety of different styles available, so there is sure to be one that looks right with whatever outfit you’ve chosen. Remember, if you’re not buying a new pair of shoes, pull yours out a few days early and make sure they don’t need to be shined. A man’s last minute holiday outfit is pretty easy to pull together—most men should have all of these items in their closet already. We're giving you a little reminder of what looks best!

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