Men’s Style Tips: Dressing well for the festive season

The Christmas decorations are up, the parties are in full swing, and the countdown until the office closes has started. Fight the allure of staying in and avoiding the cold, dark nights, and make the effort to dress up this party season. Here are some London Sock Company tips for looking your best over the next few weeks.

It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed

Never be the person who arrives in jeans when everyone else has donned a suit. If you’re unsure of the dress code, reach out to the organiser to clarify what it sartorially expected of you. As Teo van den Broeke, the Style and Grooming Director for British GQ, writes in this London Sock Company interview: “A specific dress code will prevent guests from being embarrassed by dressing too casually for an event (you can never be too smart, after all) and impart a sense of occasion and solemnity, which would otherwise dissolve into a sea of denim jeans and white T-shirts.”

Experiment with new fabrics

Looking for some luxurious new fabrics to add into your wardrobe? For the winter season, there’s nothing like a velvet jacket to keep you warm and looking stylish. Mr Porter has a great selection of these, which are perfect for a Christmas party. For your feet? Treat yourself to our cashmere socks, in Burnt Orange, North Sea Blue and Slate Grey.

Two cashmere socks in grey and orange

Coordinate your colours

You can subtly match the similar shades and tones in your outfit. Wearing a tie with a hint of navy? Complement it with our Jermyn St. Houndstooth in blue. Rocking a purple pocket square? Our Ottaway Style in Purple will be a perfect match.

Get festive

Embrace the festive merriment that has swept the country and add a pop of red or green into your outfit, à la St Nicholas himself. Try our Simply Sartorial in Routemaster Red or Masters Green to include some stylish Christmas spirit to your look.

It’s all about the accessories

We would recommend leaving the Christmas hat at home, but strong accessories can elevate any festive season look. Of course, socks are our number one choice when it comes to adding something extra to an outfit. Try our Spot of Style in Skye Blue or Shaken & Stirred in Red for a little decoration this season.

If in doubt, stick to the classics

Undoubtedly, a classic look of a black jacket with a sharp white shirt is the perfect fall back for festive parties. To complete this outfit, we would suggest a sock from The Hollywood Collection, our collaboration with stylist Ilaria Urbinati. “[I wanted] a black dress sock, but with just a little bit of interest to it,” she explains. For the purists out there, wear a pair from our Simply Black collection, a range of classic black socks complete with a colourful London Sock Company emblem.

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