What your year-end function outfit says about you

It’s not about how you start; it’s about how you finish. Let us help you make a lasting impression.


Written by: Shaazia Ebrahim


Let’s get real for a moment, gents: surviving the entire year is an achievement worth celebrating. From those late nights and early mornings to endless cups of coffee and many dreaded, pointless meetings, it’s time to wrap up the year in style. Whether you want to impress your office crush or simply make a bold statement, here’s the lowdown on ending the year with a bang.


It’s all about that base

Having a well-fitting, eye-catching bottom piece allows you to keep the rest of your outfit simple while maintaining polish. We’re talking about stylish knee-length shorts, cargo pants for a casual vibe, or chinos and linen trousers for more formal occasions. Don’t underestimate the power of a well-fitted pair of jeans; they can work for either setting. By investing in quality bottoms, the rest of your look will naturally come together.



Don’t be scared to dress down

Even if you’re accustomed to being suited up throughout the year (except for those few Bok Fridays), dressing down doesn’t mean sacrificing your fashion sense. If your year-end function is a casual affair, opt for chinos with a stylish cuff roll or cargo pants for a more robust pants choice. Pair these with a tee, a patterned short-sleeved shirt, statement sneakers and some eye-catching socks to elevate your look.



Know when to suit up

That said, there’s nothing quite like arriving at the office party dressed to the nines and ready to turn heads. If your company plans an evening affair with dinner and drinks, you’ll want to dress accordingly. Consider tailored pants, a smart jacket, and a pair of sharp dress shoes. You can either dress it up with a button-down shirt or give it a more edgy twist with a T-shirt (or even a golfer) and a cool blazer. Finish off with dress shoes, et voilà.



All-access accessories

A well-placed hat, a pair of stylish shades, or a chunky watch can take your outfit from ordinary to extraordinary. Adding a hat to your casual look can skyrocket your style points.



A few don’ts

Under no circumstances should you show up in slip-slops. Yes, the beach is calling, and a braai might be on the horizon, but this is a professional setting. Keep those toes safely in your shoes – or at least choose a very stylish pair of sandals. The same rule applies to tank tops and super short shorts – remember, you still need to work with these folks next year, and you want to maintain your air of professionalism.


With these straightforward tips and tricks, you’re well on your way to slaying at your year-end function. Whether you’re already known for your suave style or looking to surprise your colleagues, following our guidelines will guarantees success. Remember, it’s not how you start the year; it’s how you finish it.

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