Darren Kennedy: Dare to layer
How guys can go from office attire to party-prepped.
Desk to Dinner
The festive season brings with it a slew of after-work drinks and of course, the annual Christmas party. While it is perfectly acceptable to go straight to a soiree clad in your office-wear best, it can leave you feeling relatively formal or overdressed - especially in an environment that is meant to be fun and relaxed. Admittedly, it is perhaps a little bit easier for ladies to make the sartorial transition from desk to drinks through the addition of accessories and shoes or a quick make-up or hair change, but for guys, it can be a little harder to find inspiration.
It's about finding the balance between formal and casual, meaning you won't have to dash home to change into something more suitable during the party season.
For an easy quick-fix, play with a palette of grey and navy which work really well together as a dressy colour combination and still feel subdued enough for a work environment. It's all about playing up various textures - with this season's shearling, merino wool or indeed boiled wool as key fabrics. Wear layered, slightly mis-matched greys that give your look a fashionable edge. Consider a deconstructed wool blazer, a roll-neck or indeed a light shirt jacket for layering.
One for the boys
Eight & Bob cologne is notable for being John F Kennedy’s favourite fragrance. In 1937, a young JFK encountered Albert Fouquet, the son of a Parisian aristocrat and was so taken with Fouquet’s scent that when he returned to the States, JFK asked if he could send him eight bottles and one for his brother Bob — and thus Eight & Bob was born. The fragrance, which offers exquisite notes of citrus, cedar, sandalwood and violet, also comes beautifully packaged in a book detailing the story behind the brand, cast in the same colour stripes JFK wore when he met Fouquet in 1937. Harvey Nichols, €157.
When it comes to the art of layering, as a general rule of thumb, your under layer should be your thinnest garment and the outer the thickest. This means it is easier to regulate your temperature and gives the outfit a regular sense of depth.