The outfit and grooming products you need for the office party, black tie affair, hot date, and more.
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’Tis the season to commit to more events than you have time for, run that credit card debt (that you’ve been paying off over the past 12 months) back near the max, and meet diet-wrecking temptation at every turn. Still, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? So go ahead and RSVP 'yes' to all those holiday parties, family get-togethers—and even line up a few hot date nights. We've got you covered style-wise from head to toe—literally. There are lots of things to stress over duing the holidays, but your outfit shouldn't be one of them. That's why we're highlighting what to wear, including the grooming and fragrance finishing touches, to the most common seasonal events. Happy holidays!
It’s been a long year working for the man, and you deserve to blow off some steam with those people you spend more time with than your own family. Office holiday parties are notorious for bringing out the slightly less-inhibited side in everyone, so lose the tie but keep the crisp suit jacket on and make your way back for another drink at the open bar.
Between charity galas, upscale winter weddings and New Year's Eve celebrations, you can find plenty of reasons to pull on a tuxedo this time of year. Go for the new classic—the midnight navy shawl collar tuxedo—to really step your game up. Whether you're donating at that fancy gala or just there for the food, showing up in this tux will make it clear why you were invited.
This isn't your gel from junior high. This stuff will keep your hair looking put together all night, even when you let loose. Comb through to shape, but run your fingers through to keep it looking young.
For the Family Get Together: Banana Republic Outfit
Packing up the car and driving to Grandma’s is an annual pilgrimage many of us are quite familiar with. We want to look our best, but we also want to be comfortable. I mean, after all, it is Grandma. She’ll love you no matter how you look, right? Upgrade your go-to jeans by adding a simple tie and sweater. It’s not so buttoned up you can’t breathe after dinner, but it proves that the younger generation still knows how to pull it together.
Call it whatever you want, but if you are going to a theme party this time of year, there will be a… unique, sweater requirement. Rather than the ugly route, go classic! Style up a simple fair isle sweater by layering it over a collared shirt and tone the whole look down with a jean jacket. Fun party fact: The fair isle design originated in Scotland and was made popular by kings.
For the Hipster Theme Party: Beard Guyz Beard Balm
Use this regularly to ensure your beard looks more refined and less recluse. If you end up under the mistletoe this season, you'll be sure you're leaving them with a good impression, not an itchy face.
For the Romantic Date Night: Brooks Brothers Outfit
The holiday season is a busy time of year for you and your better half. There are plenty of social events to keep you both moving (see previous slides). Pro-tip: Layer well. That way if your lady happens to catch a chill, you have her covered.
For the Romantic Date Night: Bumble and Bumble Hair Cremeblack
Grooming creme is the modern man's new staple. Use alone or in addition to another product to help your hair look its best without looking like you tried. Use a dime-sized amount, finger through your hair—and you're done. Blow dryer optional.