If we likened a bachelor party to a greasy burger (messy but very satisfying), the cocktail party would be hors d’oeuvres. It won’t curb your appetite for hard-core partying, but it is still an enjoyable and classier experience. Variables like location, alcohol strengths, A/C or blistering heat, mean choosing your look will require some thought. Start by looking up the venue and checking for dressing restrictions, like no sneakers. Read on for three perfectly mixed smart-casual outfits.
The cocktail bar
This look is built on the trend of combining formal pieces with casual, untraditional pairings. It’s actually not that new. Forty years ago, fashion-conscious men, like Harrison Ford, were seen as trailblazers for pairing their jeans with a blazer. Things have moved on. Today, it’s fine to swap the blazer for a bomber jacket.
The outdoor event
Khaki and navy is a timeless combination. But all classics can be updated. Here, we loosened up the trouser silhouette, and swapped the ubiquitous single for a slim double breasted blazer. You could easily finish this with a pair of chocolate brogues, but we went edgier with a pair of sneakers. A great smart-casual option.
The private party
You want to make an effort but don’t want to be overdressed. A great option is the shirt and trousers ensemble. To add a little more interest, why not work in some colour? Pink is going to big this summer. The trick to pulling off shades like these is to neutralise them; pairing them with strong base hues. Here we’ve done that with the navy trousers.
But there’s more
The ‘Go All In’ campaign is your summer party cheat sheet. Look out for more guides and party looks in the coming weeks.