With Christmas and party season almost underway, it’s about time your wardrobe reflected the busy social calendar you’ve likely got coming up. Whether you’re spending a lot of time with family, or you’re hitting the town with friends, this time of year becomes somewhat of a fashion show.

Men’s eveningwear is full of great styles including shirts and smart coats, but it can be difficult to find something unique amongst the various designs available. So, if you need a little guidance in creating your own unique evening style, here are some great ideas to get you started.

Patterned shirts

It’s easy to reach for that crisp, white shirt every time there is a special occasion coming up; but it’s likely you’ll end up twinning with every other guy in the room. Be a little braver and look for something that might be out of your usual style range. Keep your plain shirts for really formal evenings, and look for something that can show off your personality for casual drinks, family get-togethers or even Christmas Day.

A patterned shirt can still look incredibly smart, and adds a little fun to the occasion too. Some of the trendiest styles out there at the minute include polka dots, leaf print and even leopard print; yes, men can wear it too. Go as bold or as subtle as you like, but by wearing a print you can elevate your style above your usual go-to.

Think monochrome polka dots, or a subtle grey leopard print to maintain a smart appearance, and simply pair with trousers and shoes.

Textured trousers

Jeans and suit trousers are two of the most popular men’s styles when it comes to trousers, especially for evening occasions. They are classics, and you probably reach for jeans every time without even really thinking about it.

Add some texture to your outfit this party season by choosing trousers with a bit of a difference. A retro corduroy trouser is the perfect choice; subtle, smart but also interesting. Stick to season-friendly colours such as black and navy and you can’t go wrong. Textured trousers are a very versatile choice; dress them up with your favourite patterned shirt, or keep it casual with a graphic print tee. They’re a perfect alternative to your denim safety blanket.

Colour block jumpers

Cable knits are brilliant, and there’s a reason they continue to be a go-to style for winter knitwear. However, if you’re planning on wandering the Christmas markets, or perhaps bar-hopping with friends, and you need a unique jumper to show off on the way, don’t reach for the usual designs.

Look for a honeycomb stitch or another similar design that will continue to add subtle texture to your appearance. When it comes to colour, don’t be shy; colour block styles are the perfect solution.

Two-tone colour block jumpers are great for making a statement amongst all the grey, muted shades you’ll see this winter. Look for colours like navy and plum, or tonal shades of blue and red, and watch your evening wardrobe come together perfectly. Wear your knitwear over a shirt or by itself depending on the occasion.

Smart outerwear

Outerwear completes any smart outfit perfectly, especially in the winter months. Look for different materials like suede, corduroy and wool blends for the ideal addition to your smart outfit.

Bomber jackets are perfect for casual evenings, but if you’re attending a more formal occasion, look for the classic overcoat. Check or houndstooth prints are a great choice for an overcoat, adding some extra pattern to an outfit; just be sure you don’t overdo it!

Layer your overcoat with a shirt and jumper to create a carefully constructed outfit that’s great for all the evening engagements you have coming up.