We’ve all been guilty of it at some point: we see a fantastically festive fedora or a garish glitter suit and think, “Yes. This is PERFECT for Christmas. Everyone’s going to love this.” Don’t get caught up in an outfit with a limited lifespan. You really don’t want someone saying, “Oh, you’re wearing THAT again?”
Now, you could try and get your hands on the guest list for every event you attend and meticulously comb through the names to check who will be seeing you in the same outfit twice. But there’s always photographic evidence and, anyway, who wants to go Mission: Impossible every time they get an invitation? Better to leave all that to Tom Cruise in the 52nd sequel.
Instead, try to stick to simple and classic items when it comes to fashion in the festive season. When worn in navy or charcoal, the ever-versatile sports jacket can be combined with a dark denim or cotton chino or lightweight wool trousers. Opt for a solid colour in textured lightweight wool; this type of fabric gives you depth and interest without being too noticeable.
A classic white shirt in a great cut will always complement your outfits. If you want to add a bit of dimension to the look, make a trip to the tailor and change the colour of your shirt buttons. The difference is amazing – as long as it complements your outfit.
Tan and blue chinos should be staples in your casual wardrobe. Paired with your sport jackets, you’ll have an abundance of choices. Don’t be afraid to branch out and try chinos in different colours; they’re the most versatile trouser you could own.
Focus your creativity on your accessories rather than big ticket items like shirts or jackets. Have some fun and add some flair to your classic wardrobe with pocket handkerchiefs, ties, bow ties and cufflinks that reveal your personal style. With these small personal touches you can stand out from the crowd without needing 15 completely different outfits.
Now every time an invitation arrives you’ll be ready to celebrate the festive season in style!