The pieces you need in rotation.
No piece will work harder for you during the festive season than a slim-fit shirt with a grandad collar. It's the perfect balance between formal and laid-back, and it’ll also shows that you don’t always depend on the dress shirt.
GO FOR: A black cotton and linen-blend shirt, it will serve you well for smart-casual escapades. Team it with twill chinos and embroidered velvet slippers for a suave dinner party look.
THE DINNER JACKET
The key to getting the tux or dinner jacket right is to think of it as any suit jacket. If you can’t get it tailored, choose one that is streamlined and best suits your body type. If in doubt, ask for a second opinion.
GO FOR: Something outside your comfort zone, such as a textured or statement-print jacket. Or team your failsafe jacket with a bold bow tie and break the black-tie rules.
Whether it’s tartan, herringbone or pinstripe, prints are the perfect way to elevate your evening look.
GO FOR: Heritage-check trousers and pair them with a slim-fit cotton Oxford shirt and leather monk strap shoes, for wherever the evening takes you.
A relaxed-fit shearling-trimmed jacket has plenty of room to conceal even the loudest of Christmas jumpers. Its cosy lining means you’ll stay warm when temperatures start to drop.
GO FOR: A dark-brown cracked leather design, it will work with casual and black tie looks.
Smart enough for a suit, casual enough for denim: Chelsea boots are the perfect party shoes. Invest in a suede pair, they’re simple, stylish and will go with everything.
GO FOR: A pair that stops just at the ankles. Team them with jeans and a crisp shirt for the next office get-together.