Let's Hear it for the Boys

Finals week is fast approaching and the end of the semester is upon us. This is the foreshadowing of the stress of exams that is sure to overwhelm us in the coming days. But don’t let it kill your vibe because the holiday cheer is not far behind. The Christmas holiday is one of my personal favorite seasons, not only for the prospect of getting new clothes (although that is a fabulous perk) but the sartorial pomp and circumstance of Christmas attire. We all know about the so-called tacky Christmas/holiday sweaters that have somehow undergone a chic revitalization. Gone are the days of oversized sweaters of rainbow light Christmas trees and holiday animals. In their place are sophisticated Christmas silhouettes and festive patterns. Just check out J.Crew’s latest winter style guide and you’ll see what I’m talking about!

I caught up with this Fashionisto who turned the cheesy holiday staple into a chic ensemble. He smartly complements his navy Fair Isle patterned sweater with a classic pair of tan chinos. The ensemble is further enhanced by the quirky choice of accessories: the timeless analog leather strapped watch, lime green rubber bracelet and Ray-Ban wayfarers. He completed this look with a pair of suede oxford shoes to match with the navy sweater. To achieve a similar look, invest in a sophisticated holiday sweater like this one from J.Crew. For an urban and youthful vibe, layer the sweater with a simple denim chambray shirt. Choose a simple pair of slim-fit chinos to allow the boldness of the sweater to shine through. For the final detail of the look, a pair of wintery boots will add the last touch of seasonal joy. It is the perfect time to put these items on your last minute Christmas list. In no time you will go from naughty to nice in the perfect holiday-themed outfit.

Hint: To keep yourself off of the naughty fashion list, stay away from the overtly tacky Christmas  sweaters. Instead go for a more tasteful piece with a more subtle festive pattern or a simple holiday design. Add a scarf or layer with a denim chambray or white button-up to tone down the impact of the sweater.


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