Smart Christmas Shirts for the Festive Season

November 17th, 2015

Stay Sophisticated with What to Wear to Christmas Party Events

The festive season means parties, entertainment and dressing for Christmas. Forget about putting on that typical over-the-top Christmas jumper – your knitwear doesn’t need to have a snowman or reindeer emblazoned on it for you to get into the spirit. If you have a favourite “party shirt” in your wardrobe, it’s time to update your look. You can still up the ante on your party outfits and stay sophisticated.

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For on-trend dressy knits to see you through the party season, think Fair Isle with bold patterns or chunky cable-knits in block colours. Smart Christmas shirts need to say classic, not scream “festive”.  One thing you will definitely need is a knock-out winter coat. Look for pea coats in dark grey or navy which will see you all through winter. This classic style compliments formal and semi-formal wear and is a must-have for your winter wardrobe.

Bling it up with some eye-catching cufflinks or shirt buttons (again, nothing novelty, think sophistication. You can always brighten up a dark suit with a statement tie or pair with a velvet jacket with formal trousers for some creative chic.

Here’s what to wear for the main festive events with Christmas attire for men and women in mind:

The office Christmas party

casual shirt and jeans combo

Firstly, definitely don’t wear what you usually do for work. Depending on the level of formality, go for a button-down Oxford shirt (layer a stylish festive knit over the top if you want), dark fitted jeans or trouser on your bottom half and your trusty smart winter coat. Ditch the tie and add Chelsea boots to complete the look.

The big bash


You can never go wrong with a classic tuxedo. If you’re after something a little bit different, try a horseshoe waistcoat to jazz it up, but don’t worry too much; it’s hard to improve on a timeless classic. Pair with a formal winter coat and cashmere or silk scarf.

The local with friends

knitted jumper and shirt combination

In the run-up to Christmas, there’s certain to be a night or two with friends at the local pub before everyone heads off on their Christmas holidays. Relaxed but stylish is the calling card here; don slim -fitting dark denim jeans with a classic knit in cable or fair isle on top. You can downgrade your formal winter coat to a smart parka or shearling. Brogue boots or loafers will suit.

Cocktail party

smart jacket and tuxedo trousers

Tuxedo trousers are a real winner for a high-end party but ditch the traditional tie and jacket. Match them with a crisp white shirt instead and consider a midnight blue velvet jacket. You could spring for a tailored navy suit with a tie that pops or go with the classic black suit and tie.

Christmas Eve

smart Christmas shirt

Now you’ll want a classic white Oxford button-down shirt with an open collar, paired with smart suit trousers – try a navy or barely-there pinstripe. Again you can layer with a sophisticated cable-knit, fair isle winter jumper or even pull on a thin cashmere rollneck.

Whatever event you are going to being able to tailor make a colourful dress shirt for the event can give you something original that gets you into the festive feel with a bit more style.