December is quite possibly the busiest time of year for your wardrobe. The office party, catch-up cocktails with friends, dinner with the in-laws, Christmas Day, Boxing day etc will ensure your favourite shoes and knitwear earn their keep.
It’s the time of year us guys can get indulgent with our clothing and play with textures; velvet, corduroy and cashmere. I always try to plan my Christmas outfits in advance to avoid throwing an inevitable “I have NOTHING to wear!” strop whilst stood in my pants.
To guide you through the festive frivolities to sartorial perfection, I have put together a few of my favourite looks that are easy to buy or recreate yourself!
REISS | Nothing says Christmas quite like a velvet suit. The sophisticated texture of velvet is the greatest expression of festive style. Perfect for formal dinner parties and even cocktails in a hotel bar. Go full out with a crisp white shirt, bow tie and black slipper shoes or for a more relaxed approach wear with a black roll-neck jumper.
JIGSAW | Take styling queues from style icon and legendary heartthrob James Dean when dressing for more casual occasions – drinks at the local with friends or even Boxing Day lunch with the in-laws. A new white t-shirt, fresh selvedge jeans and tan boots will always be appropriate. Complete the look with a double breasted overcoat and grey scarf.
WHISTLES | Dress to impress on Christmas day by keeping your look lowkey and Scandi-chic. A muted colour palette is appropriate for the season as are the textures: cashmere, wool and leather. Layer wardrobe essentials and let your personality shine through with colourful or patterned socks!
ANTONY MORATO | Who says Christmas work parties call for tacky Christmas jumpers? Stand out from a sea of flashing Rudolph knitwear by dressing in a bold checked suit from Antony Morato. For a more understated look wear the print trousers with a leather jacket, black Chelsea boots and emerald green jumper.
ZARA | A new year means a fresh start. Forget going starting off the year with traditional hangover attire – sweatpants and sneakers and opt for a smart casual approach. Effortlessly pulled together and looking as you start as you mean to go on…
What are your plans for the Christmas period? What will you be wearing? Let me know or sending me a picture by tweeting me @boyinbreton