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Be the Best Dressed Guy at...Your Friends' Holiday Cocktails

Three cheers for festive style

It’s the most wonderful time of year again – you know, when friends gather for spirited celebrations full of libations and maybe a reindeer antler hat or two. This year, keep the champagne (and your look) popping with a festive plaid suit at your friend’s holiday cocktail party. You can consider this bold patterned suit your shortcut to elegant-meets-badass style that’s ideal for any setting…outside of the boardroom.

Whether you’re a pattern aficionado or just trying to kick your suiting game up a notch, you can easily style a plaid suit with a staple striped dress shirt and knit tie that you already have on hand. But remember – pair your suit with a shirt that has a smaller scale pattern in a complementary color to avoid clashing. When it comes to accessories, follow the less-is-more mindset and you’ll look refined yet primed for a good time.

The patterned suit to wear to your friend’s holiday cocktail party:

Shirt: Nick Graham, $25 | Suit: SuitSupply, $499 | Socks: Hook & Albert, $30

Tie: Tie Bar, $25 | Shoes: Johnston & Murphy, $175 | Belt: Yuketen, $100

Shaving cream: L’Occitane, $28 | Razor: West Coast Shaving, $106

Wear it well: Pick out a patterned suit in a darker (think: brown, navy, or green background) wool plaid for the fall and winter months and save bright patterns for spring or summer. While a slim fit is necessary to ensure an updated silhouette, it’s also important that your suit has a contemporary cut meaning a natural shoulder, tapered pant, and light construction.

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