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A Sartorial Guide to Male Fashion in the Christmas Break

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. The food; the drinks; the long-overdue family get-togethers, but with so much riding on those few days, choosing what to wear can be overwhelming.

In this post, we’ve broken it down for you so you don’t make a sartorial slip over the festive period.

Pre-Party Christmas Eve Outfit: A Tweed Suit

Christmas Eve is the preferred day of celebration all around the world, but even if you’re based in the US or the UK, why not join in the celebration? Lots of us have our own special traditions on Christmas Eve. Whether it’s boozing up and getting merry at the local pub or heading to the church for midnight mass, these holiday traditions are the things that tell us that this very special time of year is finally here.

But what to wear? Christmas Eve isn’t the BIG day itself, but it’s still special and requires an elegant sartorial touch. Our best suggestion? A tweed suit. Less formal than it’s slicker worsted wool brethren, a tweed suit hits the sartorial sweet spot between high fashion and relaxed vibes. Our Country Estate Herringbone Tweed three-piece looks great with a merino wool or cashmere jumper and boots for the ultimate Christmas Eve look. If you’re looking for something a little fancier, simply switch out the jumper for a chambray shirt and wear with a waistcoat and brogues. For a more casual take, wear the jacket with a pair of dark denim jeans and jumper, or switch out the jacket for an overcoat and just don the tweed trousers.

Not only will you look great, but tweed’s natural hardiness and durability will mean that you’ll stay warm all evening long.

Dress to the Nines on Christmas Day: Accessories and the Three-Piece Suit

The big day’s here, and it’s a great opportunity to put your best foot forward with an impeccably styled look. Of course, you may end up unbuttoning your trousers after the fourth serving of turkey, and maybe your tie will end up tied around your head after one too many glasses of mulled wine, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make the effort.

When it comes to dressing for Christmas day, you need something suitably festive and appropriately special. Excuse us for sounding like a broken record, but you really can’t go wrong with a well-made, tailor-fitted three-piece suit. But you don’t have to stick to what you know — get a bit creative. If you normally wear a suit to the office, add in a waistcoat or opt for a patterned design for something a little different. Here at Empire Outlet, we have a huge range of fabric samples, which includes all of our top designs — from Herringbone and plaid to estate tweed — so you can order what catches your eye and take some time to find the perfect design for you. Don’t forget to add in some flourishes of colour and personality with your tie and pocket square. Opt for colours that are seasonal and warm — you want to look jolly and merry, not frosty and cold, so think ruby reds, decadent burgundies, dark greens and rich purples.

Christmas is also a great chance to flash some of that bling you’ve been anxious to wear. A pair of gold or silver cufflinks adds an air of celebration to your look, while a pocket watch or signet ring give an old-timey feel. The key is to have fun with your look — how many other days of the year are you able to really dress to the nines?

Keep it Casual on Boxing Day

Boxing day isn’t normally a day synonymous with sartorial elegance. For most of us, it’s a day reserved for some well-deserved chilling out — a time when we can gorge ourselves on leftovers, play with presents and maybe force ourselves off the sofa for a wintry stroll. If you do intend to do sweet-nothing all day, there’s no shame in rocking a pair of sweatpants and an oversized jumper. But if you do decide to brave the cold, why not elevate your laidback look with newsboy cap or flat cap? It’s a simple touch, but trust us, you’ll be the most dapper man around for miles.

The Christmas period is a time for celebration, family, good food and cheer. Embrace the decadence and browse our full collection of exquisitely made suits and accessories for the ultimate seasonal look.

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