‘Tis the season to be jolly…stylish and dressed well. As the Christmas party season starts next week (or from today, if you are an early bird) there is often a wonder what to wear that is smart, well tailored yet isn’t black tie. Whilst the tux route has its place, often it can look a little drab and largely uniform when the whole party is wearing the same. However, you you can mix it up and wear the ‘new black-tie’ – as demonstrated here by John Lewis & Partners without compromising the dress code. Their Paisley Dress Suit Jacket in Electric Blue or Burgundy, with satin shawl collar can be teamed with either a dress shirt and bow tie or, more causally a fine-gauge roll neck sweater. There is a slight 1970s look to this piece; a key trend theme for menswear and accessories for AW18 so score style points for a catwalk at a high-street price.