back in october, my friend paul and i took turns styling each other, and we loved the outcome so much we decided to do it again but with holiday parties and entertaining in mind. paul and i used to work together at the gap (he in visual, then marketing) and i always loved his style…he's now parlayed that into urbanite suburbanite, a personal styling business with a blog component. it's fun to not only still see what he's wearing, but also read his style tips, tricks, and insights. follow him on twitter, facebook, and pinterest for more of his inspirations.
"sometimes guys have a tough time deciding what to wear to a holiday party. a suit may seem too stuffy, while jeans too casual. camo has been a huge trend for fall for both men and women, so why not dress up a pair of slim camo chinos with a navy velvet blazer? keep the rest of the pieces simple, like a charcoal sweater and light blue shirt. to finish the look, i added matte black wingtips, a white pocket square, and if you like, add a dotted bow tie."
"paul and his partner have a beautiful home, and they do lots of entertaining around the holidays. with that in mind, i picked the pieces for the second look knowing he would be at home and likely cooking or serving guests, but wanting to look polished. i love a good chunky knit, and this cream one was a good base for the plaid pants. instead of a heavier shoe, i chose these velvet toms, which echo a smoking slipper…comfortable yet stylish."
look #1: banana republic navy velvet blazer (in black), sweater, and bow tie; j. crew shirt, lands' end pocket square, dockers pants, bally shoes (similar here and here), prada sunglasses
look #2: banana republic sweater (similar), j. crew t-shirt, onassis pants (similar), toms slip ons, burberry watch
photos by edward perotti