Winter. Far from the most accommodating time of year, it has to be said. As the nights become longer and the days grow colder, it can begin to feel a bit like fun itself has frozen over and may not thaw out again until next year.
However, what these icy months lack in beer gardens, barbecues and air that doesn’t hurt your face, they more than make up for in festive get-togethers. Yes, party season is upon us once again and while we’re all for a good old Christmas knees-up or ten, there’s no denying they can be notoriously tricky to dress for.
Luckily, the folks at Topman are no strangers when it comes to putting together a killer outfit and its new carefully curated Christmas partywear edit contains everything you need to make dressing for your office do or big night out as stylish as possible.
So, take those novelty antlers off, throw your Christmas jumper on the fire, pour a glass of mulled wine and prepare to deck your party season wardrobe out the right way.
Top 5 Party Season Pieces
When it comes to dressing for a difficult office party, finding a good blazer is half the battle. A slick jacket can add a touch of class to almost any outfit – choose well and you could even get away with hopping straight from desk to dancefloor.
Opting for a vivid colour will ensure you stay looking more “Can I get a top up?” than “Can I get these reports back on my desk by 9am Monday?”, and this burgundy version from Topman is just the ticket.
Plus, if you were worried about having to cover that Herculean torso up all winter, fear not. Topman’s muscle fit is designed to accentuate broad shoulders and athletic frames, giving the wearer a flattering fit.
And hey, if you spill red wine on it it’s not the end of the world, either.
Expertly treading the line that divides ‘smart’ and ‘stand-out’ is what separates the boys from the men when it comes to party season style, and throwing some bold patterns into the mix is a great way to get that particular ball rolling.
These grid check pants from Topman are sharp and striking in equal measures, hitting that sartorial sweet spot with the accuracy of a winning shot at the office beer pong semi-final.
A cropped leg lends a contemporary edge, while a relaxed fit keeps things laid-back and nonchalant. Festive legwear doesn’t come any better than this, and for under £30, you’ll have enough change left over for when your boss’ credit card is maxed out. Can’t say fairer than that.
Parties are great and all, but it can be a bit of a drag putting a full shift in at the office and then a big session in at the pub. Not least if you get soaking wet and freezing cold during the transition between the two – which, let’s face it, is no great stretch of the imagination at this time of year.
An overcoat is the answer to this festive conundrum and they don’t come much better-looking than this oversized salt and pepper number.
With its textured fabric, notch lapels and knee-length cut, you’d be hard pushed to find a more stylish way of keeping yourself warm and dry on the way to your event (or the office the next morning).
Your shirt is basically the foundation upon which to build the perfect party outfit, but that doesn’t mean it has to be plain and boring. A subtle bit of detailing can add a touch of personality to even the most unassuming of garments and switch your look up from work to play with minimal fuss.
This Egyptian cotton shirt from Topman is the perfect example. It’s clean and simple, but a pin collar, chain detail and covered plaquet set it apart from the rest.
Proof, if ever it were needed, that style is in the details.
Dangly decorative details aren’t just for your Christmas tree – with a pair of tassel loafers your feet can get in on the action too. These classic party stompers are all about relaxed sophistication, making them ideal for everything from casual after-work drinks to full-scale festive frivolity.
The perfect match for slim jeans, cropped trousers and everything in between, Topman’s Vegas loafers were basically built for party season.
Finished with an embossed faux-suede upper and tassel detailing to the front, these are the perfect shoes to carry you through the Christmas party madness in style, without having to remortgage your house or sell a kidney. Result.
Shop the full party season edit now at topman.com.