So you have your knitwear, jumper or cardigan sorted after last time?
I wanted to add in the sweatshirt with its more formal brethren. Despite its athletic origins, it can be smart and is undoubtedly a modern take on the jumper. It can be elevated with some brogues and smart denims or it can revert to its casual origins with white sneakers or high-tops. Is it smart enough for the in-laws visiting? Probably not, but always an option when you want to lounge about for the day or just watch a movie after dinner.
I have covered shirts a fair bit on the blog. However, the chances are that you’ll be donning one on the 25th. So, what kind of shirt will get the job done?
A white shirt would be ideal here. Due to the more formal nature of the shade, it lends gravitas to your look. It also means you can dress it down a bit with denims or pair it with chinos for some middle of the road formality. I don’t really fancy wearing dress trousers at home, but you can if you wish and it will be a smart look. I will probably wear a patterned white shirt with some Japanese denim. This will give a nice contrast, keep me comfortable and I won’t be sweating too much when I am trying to find the wishbone!
Denim. You know I would never advise wearing poor quality denim, so your best here for such an occasion. You might even get a new pair under the tree if you are lucky! If you don’t have a favourite pair then indulge in the sales and make sure you have a couple of go-to pairs for your next big social occasion.
Chinos. Perhaps steer clear of the beige or cream for Christmas. Navy or grey can look distinguished and great with your shirt. Keep the beige or cream ones for Paris in the spring.
Footwear. It will be brown boots or brogues for me this year. I will keep the sneakers for the 26th. I just think the day deserves quality shoes or boots. Let’s face it, you need to a figure of authority when carving up the turkey, so do you wear Sesame Street slippers, Nike or brogues? Driving shoes are also a good shout for the big day.
Socks. An under-rated and unfairly stigmatised gift! Socks present an opportunity to be stylish when the shoes are off. This detail maybe missed when you are out and about. However, nice socks are pretty obvious when you are lounging about watching bad TV or listening to the Phil Spector Christmas album. You may have to wear the ones your Gran/Mother/kids bought for you, but hey that’s good family politics at Christmas for you!
Have a great Christmas and stay stylish!