How to dress for a house party

House parties are a casual affair, but you need to dress slightly differently to how you do during the day.

Dressing well at a party is particularly important if there are going to be people you don’t know. You have plenty of first impressions to make. And as much as we’d all like to think that looks don’t matter, let’s be honest- you’re going to receive more attention if you’re nicely styled.

Easy house party outfits

You can’t go wrong with wearing jeans to a party. Ideally, they should be dark blue or black and slim fitted. As a general rule, darker jeans are more formal. A light blue denim wash is suitable for laidback parties, although will not look as stylish as dark blue skinny jeans.

Pair your jeans with a casual but neat top, such as a V-neck or shirt. Tee shirts are to be avoided- they look too sloppy and are unflattering on most people.

Choosing shoes to wear to a party can be tricky, as it is an informal event but you can’t wear your dirty old runners. A pair of boat shoes or canvas shoes is the perfect solution- stylish without being too dressy.

Be prepared with layers

You’ll be getting your beer coat on, but until then, you might be a little chilly. House parties are rarely confined between the walls and you have to be prepared for it spilling out into the backyard. Don’t just wear one jacket, because if you’re chatting up a girl and she looks cold it’s only polite if you offer her yours. Wearing two of the same item of clothing looks a little silly, so mix it up with a jacket over a sweater or cardigan.

Don’t bring your favourite jacket though- unless you spend the entire evening outside with minimal movement, you’re going to need to unload a layer of clothing. With drinking involved, you’re likely to forget you ever had a jacket. Or pants. So you want to be wearing clothes which are reasonably stylish, but not so precious that you can’t bear the thought of losing them.

What not to wear to a house party

There are a few common mistakes that guys make time and time again for partywear (and then they wonder why they can’t impress the ladies).

Firstly, slogan tee shirts. The slogans are often offensive and usually not that funny. The invariably poor quality and unflattering cut is a welcome distraction from the unfunny slogan on the front. You’re not going to impress anyone by proclaiming your distasteful sense of humour across your chest.

‘Junners’ (wearing jeans with runners) is another fatal combination. Not only should you not be wearing trainers unless you are exercising, they also look awful with jeans. The mistake is made even more glaring with slim fitted jeans.

Wearing sunglasses is among the worst party fashion mistakes you can make. Your shades don’t make you look cool, they make you look like you think you’re cool. Aside from the obvious stupidity of wearing sunglasses at night and inside, it is also rude to wear sunglasses obscuring your eyes when chatting to other guests.

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