Bespoken Word: The Essential Holiday Jacket

Take the Gentleman's Approach and Integrate a Blazer into Your Everyday Wardrobe.

Wool, cashmere and tweed make up a large part of the stylish man’s winter wardrobe, without question. Regardless of the season, the rules remain the same – it’s about the right fit, good quality and finding the right statement pieces. With all the impending holiday get-togethers, parties, bashes and intimate gatherings, the question is how do you indulge in the holiday bliss without the christmassy sweater.

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A Touch Of Velvet Goes A Long Way

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Wool, cashmere and tweed make up a large part of the stylish man’s winter wardrobe, without question. Regardless of the season, the rules remain the same – it’s about the right fit, good quality and finding the right statement pieces. With all the impending holiday get-togethers, parties, bashes and intimate gatherings, the question is how do you indulge in the holiday bliss without the christmassy sweater.

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A Touch Of Velvet Goes A Long Way

This season visits rich and lush by way of fabric choice. In terms of vibe, think man of the world, worthy successor of James Bond, then visualize a sleek and sharp presentation – the statement piece coup de grace for the holiday festivities – The Velvet Blazer.

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Alexander McQueen: Velvet Blazer

The Velvet blazer has been known to be a great evening piece, not infrequently coupled with a bow tie and white shirt. It still runs the night when the tuxedo is exempt from the party (and is no slouch even when the tuxedo is present). This has become an all-day piece, not only relegated to the evening events, it may now escort you to all your activities from sun up to the last toast of the night.

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Salvatore Ferragamo: Cotton Velvet Blazer I True Religion: Geno Five-Pocket Camo Print Jeans

Think velvet jacket with jeans  and white shirt for a casual, effortlessly cool look.
For those in an playful mood, the same jacket could be paired with (camouflage) cargo pants and sneakers. Because style is also about combining a classic piece with something modern and hip, also known as mastering the rules and the art of breaking them.

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Play Around With Patterns And Textures

Auspiciously, both alternatives work during the day and also well into the late night for more casual events.

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 Burberry London: Formal Velvet Sportcoat I Joe’s: Savile Row Tailored-Fit Jeans

The velvet jacket and white shirt can be paired with tuxedo pants, velvet pants, or a dressy wool pant. Add the bow tie and you’ll be ready for a formal event, without compromising on creativity. After all, style is also about expressing yourself and in this case possibilities are endless.

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On The Go In Style

The velvet jacket is nothing new, however, brands have tweaked it and refined it to make sure it remains current, modern and relevant. This is a piece that will certainly find a place in the most discerning gentlemen’s closets.

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J Lindenberg: Lalle Velvet Bow Tie I Polo Ralph Lauren: Slim-Fit Velvet Hudson Pants

Check out the Men’s Shop to find more sophisticated jackets for your next holiday party.


Bespoken Word: The Best Men’s Holiday Gift Ideas

Dress to Impress and Get the Best Men's Items for the Holiday Season.

The holidays are upon us and it’s time to replace everyday items with pieces that are guaranteed to spark a conversation. Be it for the spiked punch at the office festivities or the late night party, Saks has the details that will be sure to be the statement piece for the holidays.

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hook + Albert’s Whimsical and Elegant Metallic Pins

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The holidays are upon us and it’s time to replace everyday items with pieces that are guaranteed to spark a conversation. Be it for the spiked punch at the office festivities or the late night party, Saks has the details that will be sure to be the statement piece for the holidays.

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hook + Albert’s Whimsical and Elegant Metallic Pins

After the pocket square, there’s always room for one more piece on the suit – the lapel pin. Known for their socks and shoe laces, hook + Albert has certainly scored big this season with their lapel flower pins. These black, gold, white metallic pins have a grown-up feel, while maintaining a festive spirit and adding a touch of sophisticated charm to an outfit.

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Etro’s “Appetizing” Pocket Scarves

No suit is complete without a pocket square. Try exchanging your habitual pocket square with one of these from Etro and let the conversations begin. This season, Etro, known for it’s colorful prints and great Italian quality, created still-life inspired silk pocket squares that feature images of clams, pasta, and fish to add sartorial flair to your wardrobe.

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No One Melds Color and Patterns Quite Like Paul Smith

When it comes to the accessories, few brands can master color combinations like Paul Smith. This season, the British house reiterates with a luxury socks collection that not only look, but feel great and most likely will remain a favorite long after the holidays are just a smile-inducing memory.

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Bruno Cucinelli’s Handsome Leather Carrier

Bruno Cucinelli’s buffed leather and cotton garment case not only serves as the perfect carrier for your stylish wears, it exemplifies high luxury, Italian craftsmanship and beautiful details. Brunello Cucinelli shows that looking good not only means how you dress, but how you carry it.

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Men’s Luxe Gifts for the Holidays

If you’re in search of a gift for the fashion-forward man, some great ideas are guaranteed to both illicit a smile and score fashion points. Fendi Monster wallets, Comme des Garcon crewneck tees, Alexander McQueen paint splattered Oxfords, exclusive Salvatore Ferragamo shearling high tops, and SFAMC silk and wool bowtie lapel pins marry style and playfulness brilliantly. This Holiday keep the season cheerful with some great ideas that are sure to be conversation pieces and remember to keep looking good while doing it.

 

 

Need more inspiration? Peruse our extensive holiday gift guide for more great seasonal ideas.


How To Tie a Bow Tie

See How We Demystify the Elusive Evening-wear Staple with Seven Easy Steps.

Never feel like you have to go for the clip-on or the pre-knotted bow tie ever again. You’ll impress with your ability to add this sophisticated accessory on your own. Don’t over-think it and follow these seven easy steps to make the perfect bow tie, whether you’re prepping for a day at the office, wedding, or a formal night out on the town.

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Step One: Place bow tie around neck, with A longer than B.

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Never feel like you have to go for the clip-on or the pre-knotted bow tie ever again. You’ll impress with your ability to add this sophisticated accessory on your own. Don’t over-think it and follow these seven easy steps to make the perfect bow tie, whether you’re prepping for a day at the office, wedding, or a formal night out on the town.

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Step One: Place bow tie around neck, with A longer than B.

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Step Two: Cross A over B.

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Step Three: Loop A under B, pull upward and tighten.

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Step Four: Form half the bow by folding B back on itself and pinching in place.

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Step Five: Place A over center of B bow.

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Step Six: Fold A and pass it through the loop formed behind B bow.

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Step Seven: Adjust by pulling at sides alternately to tighten, and wear with pride.

Now that you’re a master at the bow tie, shop and stock up on Saks’ diverse and deluxe assortment of this evening wear staple.