I’ve got two looks pressed and hung, awaiting their chance to shine, here they are.
A Staunton Mood
Staunton Moods is a new brand to House of Fraser and comprises expertly crafted men’s shirts in that kind of thick starchy white cotton you crave from a shirt, with a little something quirky.
Now, too often when menswear designers attempt to inject a little off-the-cuff to their cuffs and collars, we end up with something only Peter Andre would wear. However, Staunton Moods shirts remain classy whilst being something fun.
Each shirt includes a spot of colour, on show just enough to make an impact without taking over the whole look. The inner collar, button seam and inner cuffs are lined with a patterned material. I chose the retro Kittens pattern, because I just don’t have enough kitten emblazoned clothing in my wardrobe. Obv.
The cuffs are rather ingenious too. You can wear them three ways, buttoned, with cuff-links or in a way I’ve never seen before, by buttoning the cuff as if it were fastened with a cuff-link, but using a secret button that’s affixed inside the cuff, it gives a look somewhere between casual and formal.
I teamed the shirt with two-tone trousers from TOPMAN and suede lounge shoes for a paired-down gentleman’s smoking room feel.
Watch the rather insightful (note: filled with naked men) video from Staunton Moods here.
A Blue Mood
My other Christmas Party look is a more soba affair, a blue mood worthy of a Matisse cut-out (perhaps).
Shirt, Reiss, Cheshire Oaks Outlet Store, SALE £40.00
Trousers, TOPMAN, SALE £20.00
Shoes, Underground, Office, SALE £48.00
This shirt is from Reiss and I adore the simplicity of the cut and the added something that the double-breast pockets bring to the table.
I’ve teamed the shirt with a pair of silky lounge trousers from TOPMAN that are a really comfortable fit, perfect when gorging at Christmas dinners!
The shoes are my beloved creepers, they give the outfit a certain style kudos and me an extra inch and a half of height, bonus.
What will you wear this party season?