Best Party Shirts To See You Through Silly Season In Style
Before we get started, let's get one thing straight. When I say "party" shirts, I absolutely do not mean "novelty" shirts.
Let's take a moment to define "novelty". Novelty, in the realm of fashion, is any garment or accessory that features a series of cartoon characters splayed across it (that tie covered in miniature Christmas Cartmans is 100 per cent included), anything made from jazzy polyester bought from one of those social media-only adverts (a onesie "designed" to look like a suit, for instance) or anything aggressively festive (a hat designed to look like a Christmas pudding, perhaps, or a shirt knitted from pine needles).
"Party" on the other hand, or specifically "party shirts", are shirts designed specifically to make a statement but to also look utterly chic as they do it: shirts that will lift a regular black suit from a workaday uniform to evening-ready eleganza in the swipe of a hanger. When it comes to wearing your own party shirt this festive season and beyond, opt for something in a sumptuous fabric such as silk or velvet (depending on how warm the party environment is likely to be) and team with other, more simple garments to allow it to sing. A diaphanous Versace shirt with some simple caramel chinos, for instance, or a burgundy velvet shirt from American brand Sies Marjan with a slim-cut black Dior suit.
So here, to help you get started on this season’s most popping party trail is our edit of the best party shirts out there, whatever your style...
No one does bright, bold shirting (and an excellent camp collar) like Florentine super-brand Gucci. What's more, the red and green hue of this silk number affords it a welcome festive edge. Team with some very tight trousers and a strut that would make Tybalt proud. $1375 at gucci.com
Dior's artistic director Kim Jones has collaborated with artist Alex Foxton for the brand's Autumn/Winter 2019 collection and one of the results is this brilliantly jazzy silk monochromatic party shirt. at dior.com
In the market for a souped-up silk party shirt with a Milanese edge? Look no further than Versace, of course. The black background base of this little number gives it a more winter-suitable feel. $1152 at matchesfashion.co.uk
Clare Waight Keller, the British-born creative director of Givenchy, has in her short time at the brand imbued it with a grown-up, sexy appeal (with a Seventies edge), this shirt being one of the more tantalising fruits of her labour. $1113 at matchesfashion.co.uk
Only Parisian label Saint Laurent is able to make beading and crystal embroidery look sexy, masculine and a little bit dangerous. Case in point: this tie-waist party shirt, which should be seen as a lifelong investment piece. $2646 at ysl.com
Parisian brand Ami is an excellent stop for affordable statement pieces. This crushed velvet overshirt has an Anchorman-meets-Velvet Goldmine vibe and would look fab worn with a white wide-lapelled dress suit, à la Mick Jagger at his wedding to Bianca. $321 at mrporter.com
New York-based brand Sies Marjan is known for producing sumptuous partywear with a low-key bent. This silk and cotton blend corduroy shirt would look excellent worn with a classic black tuxedo and a matching bow tie. $773 at mrporter.com