Q: What do you recommend for a holiday party? I'd like a look that's different from what I usually wear to the office. A: Rule #1 – Be comfortable and you’ll be confident. Have immaculately fitting foundation pieces always at the ready. Spend the money to get one classic blazer or suit tailored to perfection. Have shoes and a belt that match. Done! Now the fun begins. Remember, you’re going to a party, not the office! If your doorman/daughter/date can’t tell the difference, head back to the closet. Look for that rarely worn piece that injects a bit of your unique style – a jewel-tone sweater, a vest, paisley tie or an over-the-top pocket square. Let one piece do the talking and keep the rest of your garments simple, yet formal. That being said, a monochromatic look pairing different textures in the same color family never fails to be understated yet elegant. Try this Thomas Dean look available now at ThomasDeanco.com. Do you have a question for the TD Style Council? Send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org.