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One could argue that Santa was the original Style Bear. What with that red velvet jacket and pants, the white fur trim (faux of course), and those black leather boots! WOOF! The man has a signature style all his own and has stuck to his fearless fashion pedigree since – well since he first began delivering toys to all the good little girls and boys of the world.
If Santa can style for the holidays, so can you! Have a couple of parties, special events or festive gatherings on your upcoming calendar? If so, it’s time to think about what to wear.
First things first. Get into your closet and dig out your best green and red attire. Uh oh, have none? Never fear. There are plenty of colors that are perfectly acceptable for the season’s soirees. Purple, grey, black (yes black) and burnt orange all show up as dressy. Think jewel tones. Although red and green are the de riguer hues of this, the most wonderful time of the year, the simple fact is that most guys don’t have a lot of clothing in these colors. If you’re like me, you are overstocked with blue, white, brown and tan. Not all that festive.
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While deciding what to put wear for your event, try to keep in mind the venue and location. Parties that are crowded can be on the warm side. No one likes sweaty guests, right? Think lightweight. Macys.com has a great selection of festive holiday sweaters for XL men. Although sweaters look dressy, they can make you too warm and uncomfortable. If you do decide to don one, consider a merino or cashmere wool v-neck, perhaps in a vest. Just don’t wear a thick, long-sleeve crew neck. You’ll be sorry.
Parties with a more casual tone call for fun shirts and corduroys. Dressy shirt designs by English Laundry are fun and have a lot of style. They come in larger sizes at Beso.com. Cords look really sharp too, and lately they are coming in a wider variety of colors. Couple them with some nice lace up boots from Cole Haan or Johnston & Murphy and you’re set.
If the event is on the formal side, consider a nice jacket. Velvet is a good choice and you can find them in abundance at this time of year. Black, burgundy and even purple velvet jackets with a whimsically designed undershirt can make a great statement at any holiday party. It’s even acceptable these days to wear a nice pair of jeans with a fancy coat and shirt. If it’s a tuxedo you need, check out MensWarehouse.com. They have reasonably priced tuxes in larger sizes.
Let’s talk about shoes. I prefer loafers over lace ups as loafers often are designed with a lot of flair. Shiny buckles atop these slip ons add sparkle and shine to any man’s outfit. If money is no object, take a look at the fun styles from Alexander McQueen or Salvatore Ferragamo. Their footwear can be found at their signature boutiques or Saks Fifth Avenue. If you’re a little more frugal with your footwear, check out the outlet stores like Nordstrom Rack or Neiman Marcus’ Last Call.
Finally, once the party is over and you’re ready to snuggle up to your teddy bear, you can still be fashionable with your furry friend. Go comfy with some fun plaid flannel pajamas from Ralph Lauren or Joe Boxer. They offer plus sizes and sexy styles for lounging in your bear den while you wind down from all the festivities.
No matter what you decide to wear, make sure you feel comfortable in your clothing. Nothing is worse than trying to enjoy a holiday party in an outfit that is ill fitting or not your style. But be brave and take a chance this year. Be colorful and unique. If you can’t be bold and brassy at holiday time, when can you?
Happy Holidays everybody!