By Tiffany Baptiste
The first official day of winter is almost here and so are the holidays. With the holidays comes family get-togethers and office parties. Most times when it comes to fashion, we tend to put most of the focus on the women because of the ever changing trends. This time around, we are going to focus on the men and share some tips on how to own the room. We collaborated with Aristocracy Apparel and singer Don Anthony to get you ready for this upcoming season of never-ending parties.
Party with Friends
Sometimes you may spend the holidays with friends instead of family, or you may just want to have a holiday party with your friends before you split up to celebrate with your family. Most of the time, your parties with friends can be a bit casual, but make sure you still kick it up a notch.
You can wear jeans, but give it a more pulled together look with a well-fitted, casual button down shirt. Trade in the high top tennis shoes for low top leather tennis shoes to keep the outfit sleek but casual.
Add a stylish jacket, such as a fitted letterman style jacket, for a youthful look or a leather bomber jacket for an edgier look. Top it all off with a hat to take your outfit up another notch while keeping you warm.
Outfit: Brixton Tiller hat, $59; Penguin letterman jacket, $295; Hudson jeans, $198; Descendant of Thieves shirt, $115.
First office party at your first adult job? A little intimidated about what to wear? Scared of having to dress up and look boring? It’s ok. You don’t have to lose yourself trying to look like what you think an adult looks like.
Try a suit with some color and texture. Leave the black and the grays at home and go for a blue herringbone suit. The color, plus the texture of the suit, makes it visually interesting without looking crazy so you can stand out in all the right ways.
For you dress shirt stay away from the simple white dress shirt. Keep your bold look going with a color that compliments the suit such as a red or maroon.
Finish it off with a bow tie or skinny tie. Avoid looking too much like dad by avoiding the ties with crazy prints or too much shine.
Outfit: Jachs NY Suit Jacket, $229; Jachs NY Suit Pants, $129; Ben Sherman Button Down, $89; Knitted Skinny Tie, $30; Shoes (Wolverines), $155.
Yes, your family loves you for who you are, but you know that if you just fall into your parents’ house or any other family member’s house in just a T-shirt and jeans or sweatpants, your mom will be rolling her eyes at you in embarrassment.
Don’t do that to her. Let her be able to brag on you about how good you look.
A sure fire way of looking dressed up without having to put in too much effort is to wear a shirt with a collar. Whether it be a polo style shirt or a button up shirt, a collared shirt is the easiest, most comfortable way to look dressed up.
Take it a step further by giving your jeans a break and trying a pair of corduroy pants. They are a little bit thicker than jeans, but they feel like you are wearing jeans while giving you a dressier look.
Finish off the look with something that feels familiar such as a pair of low top leather tennis shoes or if you want to go all out try a pair of loafers.
Outfit: Ben Sherman Corduroy Pants, $110; Weekend Offender shirt, $40; Brixton Belt, $40.
Fashion isn’t as hard as you may think. It just requires a little more effort than some men and women may want to put forth sometimes. But once you get the hang of it, and the compliments begin to roll in, you’ll have no problems being ready for the next holiday party you get invited to.