Every Outfit You'll Need This Christmas
Last weekend I had the pleasure of hosting the men's style segments at the sold-out Sinead's Curvy Christmas shows in Bunratty Castle Hotel. The segments were built around showcasing outfit ideas for every important event that a guy will have between now and New Year's Eve. The clothes on show were kindly supplied by Ted Baker in Brown Thomas Limerick and thankfully, the segments went down a treat. So rather than letting a good script go to waste, here is my Christmas outfit guide with some of the looks from our festive fashion show in Bunratty.
The only person worse than the overly excited friend that's forcing everyone to wear wacky Christmas jumpers is the miserable git that refuses to take part. Don't to be that guy. However, there are a few things you should consider before choosing your festive garment. If you'd prefer a good night's sleep, scout out a jumper made from 100 per cent wool. Cheaper examples tend to be made from polyester, which really will put the ‘sweat' into sweater. My advice is to opt for a design that is only subtly festive as some pubs are now refusing entry to large groups of people in Christmas jumpers. The Ted Baker sweater that Ronan is wearing here is festive enough to pass for a Christmas jumper, yet subtle enough to be worn well into 2019.
If (like me) you do all your Christmas shopping online then you are free to do it in your pyjamas (also like me). If not, chances are you'll need something smart, comfortable and warm to survive the busy shops in December. Diarmuid is wearing a smart overcoat with a matching scarf and sweater, some tapered jeans and comfortable trainers. You could also get away with an athleisure look here and wear a smart hoody and tapered sweatpants under your overcoat. The idea is to look presentable and stay comfortable while you're lugging the shopping bags back to the car.
Christmas Party/New Years Eve Ball
A work Christmas party is only a cause for concern if you fail to judge to dress code correctly. If the word ‘ball' is involved and you are going to an expensive-looking hotel then you'll need a suit or a tuxedo. Diarmuid is rocking a three-piece Ted Baker suit with a white shirt and floral bow tie. We've gone with a suit here rather than a tux simply because the suit is more versatile and can be worn far more often than a tuxedo. If the dress code isn't black tie, go for a smart blazer with dark trousers and smart shoes. You can dress up with a shirt and tie or even a roll neck or dress down with a t-shirt if it's a more casual vibe.
If you're headed to the pub or Midnight Mass, just wear what you'd normally wear. A nice sweater and comfortable chinos are a good place to start. Layer up like Ronan has with this smart Ted Baker Pea coat and cap off the look with the ever-popular Peaky Blinders style Baker Boy hat. You'll feel comfortable and look great whether you're singing Silent Night with the choir or Fairytale of New York with the other drunk people.
There are plenty of mornings in the year when it's acceptable to stay in your pyjamas. But not Christmas morning, make the effort and put on a nice shirt and trousers like the ones Diarmuid is wearing here and get to tearing wrapping paper. Button the collar all the way to the top pre-Christmas dinner before relaxing to give your gullet some room after dinner. Jeans are ok so long as they're smart and not ripped.
St Stephen's Day
Christmas might be done and dusted, and you might be craving your sweatpants, but that post-dinner bloat isn't going to shift itself. Whether it's forced family fun or a solo breather, heading out on a walk is a wise (man's) move that is surprisingly pleasant to dress for. Ronan has found the perfect balance between comfort and style here with his matching hat and scarf and insulating overcoat. Best of all, it's a look that works just as well off the trail, should you get a second wind and end up rambling your way (back) into the pub.
A big thank you to Sinead O'Brien, The Bunratty Castle Hotel, Ted Baker and our models Diarmuid Whelan and Ronan Fahy.