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Dressing for a Holiday Party – fashionable ideas that will make you standout!

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The holiday season is here and wearing the right ensemble is not only essential for women this year, but also for their male counterpart. Whether a holiday party is scheduled with family members or you are trying to find the perfect wardrobe for a New Year’s celebration, there will be a plethora of options to choose from. Muted and warm colors are ideal for family occasions, while suits, ties and button down shirts are the optimal choice for a fancy office party. The look must match the occasion.

Options That Provide Elegant Looks and Options

Those that do not want to stick out in the crowd and would rather blend in will have a lot of choices at their disposal. While pants are not overly complicated, shirts and jackets can be. There are numerous options to choose from and if a person dresses too casual or too fancy, they will simply look out of place. Overcoming this is easy when a person chooses a safe option. These are tried and true styles that are able to make a person appear fashionable, yet not too overdone.

Shirts Matter Most

· Cardigan: A men’s cardigan is often worn with a t-shirt underneath and is both fashionable and comfortable. There are a variety of colors to choose from. Whether it be a muted grey or blue, a cardigan is perfect for any occasion. When a more fancy style is needed, a collared undershirt can be worn. If you want to keep it simple, a bold colored or even a plain white undershirt will do the trick.

· Button Down: With a button down shirt, a person will always be dressed for the occasion. Ideally with long-sleeves, these shirts can be worn in dark reds, blacks, whites or even yellow to fit the look. While still casual, they will provide a very professional look for the average party and should be in every man’s closet.

· Turtleneck: The turtleneck is the ideal option for the holiday season. Light colors work best with turtlenecks as well as fashionable greys. These shirts are warm, elegant and the perfect mix of fancy and relaxed.

Jacket Options

· Twill Fleece: A jacket can be worn to add even more appeal to a person’s look. The Minotaur Twill Fleece Gather 2B Jacket, as seen on Muted, is the ideal choice. This is a fancy jacket that is comfortable, yet perfect for both an elegant party as well as one that is more relaxed.

· Classic Leather: Leather jackets are a timeless classic and will be able to fit perfectly with any pants, shirt or accessories chosen. Even the shoes a person wears will not hinder the appearance of a leather jacket.

Pants are Easy

· Jeans: The typical blue jeans that are sitting in your closet will go well with every look. These are more comfortable than dress pants, but can still be fashionable. The safest option is to go with a dark blue color that is able to match both light and dark tops.

· Khakis: With khakis, a person will look fancy, but not too overdressed. Light and dark beiges alike will work well and can be worn with a button down shirt or a turtleneck with ease.

· Dress Pants: For the more professional party, dress pants will work best. This is something that will be worn for office parties where the dress code is less casual. The only option is black, which will work best with button down shirts and even a tie if it is warranted.

Shoes are a Hassle

· Sneakers: A night in Times Square to celebrate the New Year may warrant sneakers as will most casual parties. Shy away from sneakers with vibrant colors or patterns that make them stick out from the crowd. Choose muted colors or a pair of black or white sneakers. New Balance provides a plethora of shoes that fit into this category.

· Boots: The typical brown or black boot will be perfect for every occasion minus those that warrant dress pants. Boots are both fashionable and practical, especially if the ground is sprinkled with snow.

· Dress Shoes: Kenneth Cole, BOSS and a slew of other brands provide high quality dress shoes that will work with a dressier look. Dark brown and black are the best options and will be able to accent virtually any look a person chooses.

The key to a holiday party ensemble is to merely have fun and dress the part. You never want to stick out too much and feel over or under dressed. Simply try to blend in and do so with elegance. Muted has a large selection of trendy options to scour through if you are still at a loss of what to choose. There are also quite a few accessories that can make your outfit a little more appealing. A sterling silver wrist watch, jewelry or a scarf can complete virtually any style and turn an everyday look into one that is ideal for any party.

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