While we all love getting glammed up for the party season, it can seem a
little more challenging for the men in our lives. Finding easy to t
hrow on outfits, that fit well, while also bringing a bit of festive style isn’t always easy for men, so we asked Thread stylist Millie Rich to share her top tips on dressing then men in your life this Christmas.
A veteran of Burberry, Gucci and Whistles, Millie’s also styled for clients such as Nike, Adidas, DKNY and i-D magazine, plus an array of celebrities and VIPs. As one of an eight-strong team of stylists at Thread, she works with an algorithm to help thousands of guys in the U.K. dress well without any hassle.
Christmas is a day for relaxing and lazing around, but this doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice looking good. You can still look great and be comfortable! Ditch the super tight jeans and go for a slightly more relaxed or worn in pair so when the Christmas food coma kicks in you’ll already be prepared.
A textured or cable-knit jumper is a great way to achieve a festive look and adds more interest than a plain jersey sweat. Make sure to pair this with plain under layers, as too much texture or pattern can be overwhelming.
BOXING DAY WALK
After all your Christmas indulging, you’ll want to wrap up warm and get out for a crisp walk on Boxing Day. Protective outerwear and footwear are the most important things to get right.
Layering is key in this weather as several lighter layers will keep you warmer than one very thick jumper. Start with a cotton t-shirt and pair with light, wool or cashmere knits (steer clear of novelty jumpers!) and choose a warm, waterproof jacket like a parka as your outerwear option. There are loads available, but opt for a padded one with a hood to protect you from the wind and cold temperatures. Navy and black are the obvious choices, but green is a great autumnal colour and still neutral enough to pair with most things.
For your lower half, slim-fit chinos are best. They’re comfortable and stylish and if the weather is rainy they’ll keep you warmer than a pair of jeans which can hold water for a long time.
When it comes to footwear, choose a pair of shoes that cover your ankles and have a durable sole. A work boot is an ideal option – Red Wings are one of the best known brands for this style, but there are plenty of lower budget choices available as well. As they sit higher on the ankle, they are best worn with slim fit trousers; add a turn up if yours cover the majority of the boot.
And finally, don’t forget that most of your heat escapes from your extremities so a warm scarf, hat and gloves are essential.
New Year’s Eve Party
If you’re unsure of the dress code or what to wear for New Year’s Eve, then opting for a smart casual look is always best.
A sharply cut blazer styled over a crisp dress shirt can be a little formal, but once paired with chinos, it adds a slightly more modern approach. Ensure you go for a block black tone as a washed or grey pair can lose the formality of the look.
To keep to the formal tone stick mainly to dark colours, but you can opt for a lighter grey blazer if you want to add a more casual feel to your outfit. You can also swap the usual white shirt for a coloured one to add some character. This light pink option pairs perfectly with a navy blazer, giving the look a slight update without being too overpowering.
With a classic look, it’s up to you how much you want to accessorise. You can keep it simple with black socks, a plain white pocket square, black leather belt and a silver chainlink watch. But if you want to be a little more daring, opt for a bolder pocket square or a pop of colour on your socks. Keep them plain though (not those novelty ones you just received in your stocking!).
For more excellent outfit ideas from Millie visit Thread.com, a free online personal styling service for men, using a unique combination of human stylists and a powerful algorithm to make it easy for guys to dress well. Now why didn’t we think of that…..!