It’s that time of year again! The time of year when every Fashionista routinely prays the men in her life will shed their terrible clothing habits and magically morph into presentable Fashionistos for all the holiday soirees they must attend. The best possible present has come early this year- a foolproof way to get these boys cleaned up and presentable! With a few simple pieces, any male can transform himself into a Fashionisto for occasions ranging from a tacky Christmas party to a moderately nice dinner. I challenge you to find the brother, boyfriend or best friend who won’t appreciate being able to easily be well groomed and humorous all at once.
Even in December, a nice pair of khaki shorts are the way to go. As long as you aren’t dining in a restaurant with a strict dress code (and really, what college boy does?) shorts will keep you from getting overheated while preventing the stuffy “office” look that so many college boys fear like the plague. Adding a striped dress shirt, like this Fashionisto, helps keep the outfit interesting. Red is also another option. Any subtle print or pattern in a festive color will serve you well.
Now that you have your khaki shorts and long sleeved button-up to untuck or tuck in as you please, it’s time to hunt down the fun pieces. A comical piece of holiday-themed outerwear, like this Fashionisto’s reindeer sweater, is absolutely essential. It’s perfect for getting laughs out of your peers, and Grandma will think you look so nice decked out for the holidays. Heck, she may have even previously gifted you a sweater perfect for this outfit! If she hasn’t, I recommend hitting up goodwill. There are some fun reindeer and fair isle sweaters available in stores, but they’re hard to find and typically expensive. A sweater vest is also a good alternative for those warm winter nights.
A pair of relatively nice shoes, like a classic topsider, and a festive tie are the final elements to completing your ensemble. This Fashionisto goes above and beyond in keeping the reindeer theme alive in his tie. If you choose to go with a fair isle sweater, finding a tie in the same funky print would be a good way to go. If not, any holiday colored tie with snowmen, Santa, trees or any other festive decorations will work great.
These versatile items will combine well for any occasion. Layer the sweater over the shirt with the sleeves rolled up and untucked for a casual party with friends. Unroll the sleeves and tuck in the shirt for dinner with family. Add the tie to your tucked in shirt for any dressier occasions. Voila! A wardrobe to turn even the most stubborn male into a Fashionisto you’d be proud to parade on your arm to every event this holiday season.
Hint: When rocking the sweater, check to see if it covers your belt. If it doesn’t, make sure it matches your shoes!