Keep your stress down with a dressed-down Christmas

Christmas is close now, so close I can almost smell it. Well, not almost, I can definitely smell it. My mother is in the kitchen baking mince pies till dawn, there are roast chestnuts and mulled wine on offer at every street vendor in town, and cranberry scented candles are literally everywhere I look. One thing I could do without adding to my list of Christmas worries this year is what I’m going to be wearing. I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise to hear that I am certainly not alone in this.

Insight from men’s retailer Reem Clothing has surveyed that the most popular looks for the 2016 festive party season are casual. I’m not talking novelty knitted jumpers emblazoned with bad puns. I’m talking Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby when he’s chilling in that classy cream sweater. You know, this one.


There are thousands of ways to look classy without putting in a huge amount of effort. An interesting pair of shoes with a simple shirt, a nice sweater with a statement watch, etc. 2016 hasn’t exactly been the kindest of years, so why not focus on the most important things like socialising with friends and family, rather than finding an expensive suit to feel awkward in.

Clothing has a massive impact on how we behave around others. Don’t believe me? Here are some interesting statistics from that survey I mentioned earlier…

  • Over half of men (54%) admit that they feel most confident when in a slim or straight fit clothing
  • Polo shirts are the most popular choice of clothing for a night out among men (19%) with colours of choice being either blue (35%) or black (29%) with the least popular colour choice being yellow (0.56%)
  • Over a third of those questioned (38%) said casual clothes were the most attractive for both men and women

Personally, I have decided to opt for the simple jumper and statement shoes option. I will be wearing the Sato Twist Knit from Only & Sons, some simple black jeans, and my new Giovanni di Paolo print Dr Martens from their Museum collection. As you can see, I let my shoes do the talking.

sato di-paolo-shoe

If you are in need of a little inspiration, you can take a look at the latest collections from the likes of Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger Denim and Gym King from your phone or device at




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