I’ve reached the age when showing up at a friend’s house for a holiday get-together no longer involves sweatpants and Franzia. These days I find myself more comfortable at such gatherings with a blazer over my shoulder and a nice bottle of wine in hand – and by “nice” I mean $15. Let’s not go crazy. I’m not Donald Trump.
I often thought of “grown-up” parties as stuffy and boring. As a pre-teen or college kid, adults seemingly stood around in their tweed blazers and compared 401(k)s. Boring stuff. But to my surprise, getting a little older is actually kind of nice. The booze gets better, the clothes get nicer, but you’re still the same idiots trying to figure out life. You’re still the same immature friends talking about inappropriate sexual innuendo.
So as the holidays approach and you get invites to these grown-up cocktail parties, don’t forget to look sharp. And don’t worry, nobody understands their 401(k). Just make a fart joke and grab another glass of wine.
If I were you, I’d check out fitted, structured blazers as a starting point for any polished yet casual get-together attire.
From there, you have tons of options. A light sweater (fine-knit merino wool is my favorite) and some trim-fitting denim are also easy to mix and match. When it comes to nighttime parties, the darker the denim rinse the better.
photos by Kyle Langan of From the Hamptons to Hollywood