Men seem to get a raw deal when it comes to festive fashion, while women have fun with sequins and sparkle. But for men the key is in the detail and this means showcasing accessories from bow ties to braces.
Wearing a bow tie is certainly a style statement and a bold one (unless worn as part of black tie, in which case it’s de rigueur).
Avoid novelties, unless you want your attire to be the only conversation all night, and instead opt for classic patterns such as stripes and tartans. Plus, pocket squares are mandatory with a bow tie to finish the look.
The bow tie to buy
English Silk Bow Tie in Polka Dot, £38 down from £55, J.Crew.
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How to wear braces (also known as suspenders)
1. Don’t wear a belt at the same time as they serve the same purpose
2. Braces look the most stylish on trousers with a mid-to-long rise
3. Braces are underwear, so do cover them with a jacket, jumper, cummerbund or similar
Best braces to buy
Soprano Wine 35mm Leather End Braces, £23.95, Ties Online
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One way to add some colour and pizzazz to a festive outfit is through socks.
We don’t mean novelty socks with cartoon characters on (leave that to teenage boys) but proper grown-up wool socks but with a design edge. Thinks stripes or dots. The same rule as for bow ties actually.
Best socks to buy
Paul Smith Multistripe Socks, £17, Figleaves.com
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By now you probably own a dress watch, and if not then it is worth considering for dressier occasions.
The purpose of a dress watch is both functional and decorative. In times past they were traditionally gold but now there are no rules.
We recommend a watch with a colourful face for some festive fun.
The best watch to buy
SENTRY SS, 42 MM in Gunmetal/Deep Burgundy in 14 colours, £190, Nixon
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A patent shoe would originally only have been worn with black tie, but now dress codes are relaxed so wear when going somewhere special.
Black patent shoes can look stylish with slim cut black corduroy or canvas trousers and a smart shirt.
That’s seasonal shindigs sorted out then.
Best patent leather shoes to buy
Parisian Patent Dress Shoes, £39.99, Dobell
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