As Christmas gatherings are beginning to kick off, the need to revamp your wardrobe is imminent, not just for the surge of long-lost relatives and close friends you’re bound to encounter, but for yourself.
Charles Hix once said, “Looking good isn’t self-importance; it’s self-respect.” What the author of Looking Good is clearly trying to say is that putting on whatever long-sleeved shirt you first get your hands on just won’t cut it. If there was ever a time to look good and feel good about what you’re wearing, the holiday season is your instant answer. It won’t take much time or effort to spruce up your look—just a couple of festive details to adjust your regular ensemble and make it Christmas party-ready. Here are a few style hacks:
1. Pay attention to the details on your cufflinks
You’ve probably heard the saying that God is in the details. Against a black or monochrome suit, a pair of statement cufflinks can draw attention just as much as a pair of diamond earrings would on a woman. These very cufflinks from Montblanc are a testament to the aforementioned quote. The art of calligraphy is revived and sophisticated scribbles are etched in gold.
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2. Put a V-neck sweater on it
If you’re a man who swears by preppy principles, the good news is that the style never went out of vogue. Dress up a plain long-sleeved shirt by layering a knitted V-neck sweater on top of it. You can take this piece of advice even further by adding a tie or an ascot, a la Gucci and Balmain.
3. Ditch the cotton shirt
Designer brands have been expanding their use of textiles for menswear and have entered into more romantic territory as of late. Harry Styles and a number of runway looks have confirmed the trend of pussy bows for men, which gives way to shirts made from silk instead of cotton.
For a more casual look, the mesh shirt is another option.
4. Sport a chain
An easy way to amp up your ensemble is to add a little bling, which is quick to remedy by the resurfacing of chain accessories. A silver necklace underneath your collar or a chain bracelet peeping out of your sleeves are edgy touches that will give you more character.
5. Add a touch of leather
We’re not advising you to show up to your next get-together fully clad in leather as some runway collections dictate. An oversized leather jacket or a glossy patent cap are small details that show that you’re all set to brave the chillier months.
6. Dare to incorporate velvet
Another festive material that instantly transitions welcomes one to the holidays is the velvet suit. If this looks too kitschy for your taste, you can settle for wearing a velvet tie or velvet loafers instead.
7. Accessorize with a signature belt buckle
One step below the logomania trend and one above a boring belt buckle, signature belts with large buckles are the modern equivalent of the signet ring—a chic status symbol that one must flaunt.
8. The man purse can be a cool thing
The man purse has been around for a couple of years, but men are sometimes too hesitant to give it a try. These practical accessories may also act as an added trimming to complete your outfit and add more texture or color where it is lacking.
This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.