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14 Ways to be the Best-Dressed Guy at the Christmas Party

Whatever the occasion, here's how to show up in style.
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Holiday parties can be great once you're there, but getting ready for them—dressing for them, specifically—means reading deeply into the vibe of the location, host, and attendees. To say parties can be all over the map when it comes to dress code is putting it lightly. But we've got you covered, no matter the party. Whether it's an upscale event or something low key, here are 14 ways to get through the festivities looking right on theme. 

H&M Patterned Shirt

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You can absolutely wear your normal go-to suit for a more formal party. Make it feel more holiday-esque with a festive patterned shirt instead of your standard shirt and tie. hm.com 

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Zara Plaid Suit Jacket

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If you really want to wear a suit, but don't want to blend into the crowd, ditch your traditional navy suit and try one with a bold (but not too crazy) pattern. zara.com

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Zara Plaid Suit Pants

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Go ahead and splurge for the full look. It'll grab just the right amount of attention, without making you look like a cartoon. zara.com

Les Basics Turtleneck Sweater 

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The turtleneck is the best not-too-dressy, not-too-casual alternative to a collared shirt at your disposal. This one goes perfectly with that checked suit. endclothing.com

Save Khaki United Easy Drawstring Chinos

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Trousers with a comfortable waistband and a looser fit are right on trend. Plus, they'll keep you feeling comfy all night long. mrporter.com

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Rag & Bone Standard Issue Polo 

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A basic (and well-fitted) polo is always a good idea for holiday dressing. Wear it alone or under a blazer. nordstrom.com

Abercrombie & Fitch Wool-Blend Coat 

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Save your puffer for the daytime. A tailored topcoat pulls any party look together. abercrombie.com 

Dr. Martens 1461 3-Eye Shoe

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Ah, the rebel's dress shoe. You can wear this easily with a suit, trousers, or black denim. Don't forget the button-front shirt. endclothing.com 

Paige Hutton Track Pants

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Track pants at parties: Why the hell not? Go dark to keep it more formal, and balance it out with a turtleneck and jacket. nordstrom.com 

Koio Capri Perla Sneakers

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Clean sneakers make any outfit feel fresh and put-together. koio.co

A.P.C. Simeon Suede Chelsea Boots

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For getting a little more dressed up—but not full-blown dress-shoe level—a suede Chelsea boot is the perfect middle ground. mrporter.com 

Topman Navy Corduroy Suit 

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Navy corduroy is a no-brainer for making something feel holiday-party appropriate. Wear it with a tee or turtleneck. topman.com

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Sunspel Striped Wool Sweater

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A holiday party means holiday sweaters are welcome. Wear this one with your favorite trousers—or even jeans, if it's a little more laid-back. mrporter.com 

Tricker's Commando Sole Malton Brogue Derby Boots

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A tasteful amount of brogue is always welcome at a holiday party. It feels less old-school on a boot—especially if you pair that boot with denim. endclothing.com  

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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