It’s party season again and although things might end up messy, you need to start out right. That means showing up dressed to impress. This year we are going for dark and dapper – a classic party look, not too smart, not too casual.
At Genius we start with the jeans
Of course Ireland’s foremost denim specialist is going to start with the jeans. We’re thinking dark, as in really dark, as in black. Or really dark blue.
We have lots of options, but we suggest going for the slim or straight fits. For nice black jeans, we love the Edwin ED55 or Diesel Belther. If you don’t do black denim, check out the Replay Ronas in this dark indigo wash.
Smarten things up with a shirt
Pro Tip: The best way to get away with wearing jeans and calling it smart is to wear a slick shirt with them. Prints are in this season and Scotch & Soda are the Dutch masters of the printed shirt.
Diesel also get in on the act here with this great looking darker pattern, or stick with the black theme with this black denim shirt from Scotch & Soda.
The Dark Knit
If shirts are not your thing, go with a slim fitting knit. And no, we are NOT talking about a Christmas Jumper.
We love this contemporary collarless design from Replay. This offering from Strellson is a more traditional style, but with a lighter weight, fitted look.
(If you are a more fuller figured gentleman, we recommend that you scroll back up to the shirts.)
The Classic Dapper Coat
Hey, it’s December and it’s cold outside. Bad weather does not give you an excuse to depart from the Dapper look. Leave the anorak at home. The classic wool coat is the ideal outerwear for the party season.
For the classic look we have this wool coat from Knowledge Cotton. Scotch & Soda keep the overall look but add a little design flair, as they do.
Not that kind of party?
We get it, some of us are a bit more Rock’n’Roll than others. Or maybe it’s just not that kind of party. Then it has to be leather.
If you really are Rock Star material, check out this leather shirt from Goosecraft and don’t take it off no matter how hot it gets.
The Dancing Shoes
Don’t let yourself down with scruffy old shoes. Our research shows that a nice pair of boots or shoes will get more compliments and admiration than almost any other part of your outfit.
Go figure, maybe the shoes really do make the man or whatever.
These Base London dark grey Chelsea boots are the perfect smart party footwear. Goldmud shoes are renowned for their comfort, which could become important by the time ‘Come on Eileen’ fills the floor. Alternatively Goldmud boots such as these have all the comfort of the shoes, with just that extra sprinkling of cool.