How to party like it’s 2019

 

Party season is here but before you jump straight from social occasion to social occasion (and on to the bourbon), have a look at your outfit. A party is the ultimate opinion-forming forum so you want to look just right. We’ve analysed the trends and come up with five surefire ways to party like it’s 2019. And now you can have that Old Fashioned…

 

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#1 Velvet is a yes 

Velvet was a key fixture on the Autumn/Winter 2019 catwalks (from the likes of Dolce & Gabbana and Emporio Armani) and December is the time to wear it. It shows you’re making an effort, understand the distinction between this party season (festive) and any other spate of parties (pure coincidence). A guy doesn’t just wear velvet accidentally. A guy who wears velvet knows what he’s doing (and looks pretty great while at it).

 

#2 The party shirt is a good thing

Remember the days when Uncle Vernon would show up at the do in a jazzy shirt and you’d inwardly cringe? Well in 2019 it’s Uncle Vernon who’s, coincidentally, had the last laugh as a printed, graphic shirt is exactly the kind of party-starting piece we all want right now. It makes sense because summer was all about the printed Cuban collar shirt, so it’s a natural progression. Just like that natural progression from the bar, to the dancefloor, to the sofa and so forth.

#3 Suiting doesn’t always mean smart

Back in the day, a suit was smart and not a suit, well, not smart. Today that mantra couldn’t be any less true. Suiting has a place in every (yes, we’re not joking) party. House party? A slim cut, heritage check suit trouser. Drinks? Just the suit jacket. Cocktail party? A two piece. Maybe white à la Chris Evans’ recent get-up or an oxblood hue as Ryan Reynolds did recently. Now we’re talking…

 



 #4 Embrace the micro-trends

Leather practically covered the AW19 catwalks so forget UberPool, a black biker jacket might just be the perfect party travelling companion. Heavy black boots and winter co-ords, thick utility shirts with trousers in the same material, will look great for casual parties. Timothée Chalamet is doing it, just saying.

Tie-to-shirt matching is in, where you pair a tie in the exact same material and hue to your shirt. Take Cole Sprouse for inspo (and Jeff Goldblum, John Legend and the Burberry AW19 catwalk as well). Long-line puffer jackets were among the coats of choice on the runways and are perfect for casual looks, looking soft and cosy, but also serious and authoritative at the same time.

 

#5 Move your feet with the times

When menswear was governed by a strict rulebook, Oxfords and Derbies were the only acceptable shoes to wear for fancy occasions. Alas we are restricted no longer.

Loafers are ideal (as long as torrential hail isn’t on the cards) and nod to next season’s very louche aesthetic. Wear with a thin black sock or naked (feet, we mean your feet). And as we often advocate, you are allowed to wear your best Hypebeast-worthy trainers to a party – unless it really is black tie, in which case you’ve got to go for shoes. Sorry.

 

And there you have it: five rules to embrace, five modern ways to do event dressing. Go forth and party folks. You’ve got this.

 

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