No Mistletoe required – Getting Office Party Attire Spot on

250x250_CMTM_BannerThis Friday night is, that night of the year, some see it as the most dreaded night on the calendar, whilst others count the days down from last years one. Yes, if you work in an Office environment the likelihood is you’ll  be heading off to your annual office party. Making an impact at this event is all too important, be too gregarious and your seen as not being professional. Staying quite and keeping yourself to yourself, your seen as being standoffish and not a leader of people. Plus not attending is not an option as then your seen as. not a committed member of staff, who sees himself as better then the rest and you can kiss goodbye to that promotion or pay rise.

If you feel you need a little more advise to avoid the minefield that is the Office Christmas Party take a look at this link from last year when we covered the do’s & don’ts etiquette of this nightmarish event.

Now to ensure you look your best for the big bash, we’ve selected  an outfit to cover each scenario that could possibly cover the Partay, we really are too good to you guys.

The casual Office event

So it might be a meal, drinks down the pub but essential quite an informal setting, where you don’t wanna rock up looking like you’ve made a real effort and overdressed for the occasion.

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This is a winning choice from Barbour, as it shows your entering into the spirit of the Yuletide without going all out Christmas Jumper extravaganza.
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I know I’ve said this before but its an absolute staple, the Black Shirt, this one from Marks & Spencer, is a great all rounder. If the Christmas do takes a turn and you wanna take it onto a club or somewhere a little more upmarket you can whip the jumper off and it gives a completely different look to your outfit without having to go home and change. Plus if  you pair this with.
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A pair of chinos, my advise is keep the look simple you don’t wanna look like one of Santa’s lil helpers in your fair isle knit and red or green chinos so stay traditional. These are a great example from Ben Sherman and the reason for Chinos over jeans is simple, it gives you more options. Alot of establishments, particularly at this time of year aren’t welcoming of lads wearing jeans so do yourself a favour and make sure your night doesn’t come to and abrupt and early end.
Screen Shot 2013-12-10 at 20.43.26Finish this look off with the highly versatile Finton from Grenson,  these lil lovelies can pretty much be worn with anything, they will see you through so many different occasions over the years. Not only timeless, they can be dressed up or down and still look great.

The Semi-casual event

Now this is when your boss is flashing the cash and has hired a venue for the Annual shindig, whether it be hotel, hall or even if its not been such a great year, pushed all the desks and chairs to the walls to make a dance floor and some room for Sharon from accounts Boyfriend Mark to show what he’s worth on the decks.

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This is a great look that sends out all the right messages, from yeah, I’ve made just the right amount of a effort, to Ohh yes I know how to put an outfit together effortlessly. This herringbone jacket and waistcoat combo can be bought as separates but also include a pair of trousers all from NEXT.

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These are a great pair of jeans from Oliver Spencer, Comfortable fit on the waist, front and back rise and a regular fit on the leg Dark Indigo Denim plus great value for money and will look great with this jacket and waistcoat.

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I’ve gone for a Chambray Oxford style shirt from Joules, rather then a white shirt as this can sometimes look too formal and you can easily smarten this look up with a navy tie and a pocket square. Plus it goes really well with the grey herringbone.

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Once again I’ve kept the outfit simple and finished it off with a classic pair of shoes, this time with Brogues from Oliver Sweeney. You want to keep things simple so there’s less for you to worry about and if you know you look good this will help with your confidence on the night. This look strikes a real balance and shows that you know what you’re doing.

 

The Formal event

So here you have it the final in the options for the Christmas Party looks to impress. The formal event, this is often when you have to attend a ball style function. Now once again you need to strike a balance of looking good, looking confident and standing out form the crowd for all the right reasons.

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Now this is a tuxedo that ticks all of those boxes from Banana Republic, you’re making a statement by going Navy rather then traditional black but at the same time looking totally dapper.

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You’ve made your statement with the Navy tux so you need to keep the rest of the look classic and sober. This is a brilliant dress shirt from the French brand Ami, which does does that, understated yet chic.

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Its all in the detail and this classic with a twist Black bow tie from TOPMAN finishes of this look perfectly, its just a little smaller then the traditional bow ties.

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These are a great dress shoes from Ted Baker and aren’t too traditional so you can easily wear these on other occasions with jeans.

So whatever your Christmas party follow these tips and it should hold you in fine fettle so you can hold your head high come Monday Morning.

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Have you made your Christmas Present list yet ? Ideal gift ideas for YOU!

728x90_CMTM_BannerYou know us men are a selfless lot, we’re all too busy thinking of what we’re going to buy our loved one, that we all to often overlook what WE want for Christmas. We at Clothes Make the Man are all to aware of this problem and can sympathise with our good readers and so we thought we’d let you take a few moments break for a little US time, yeah think about what we might want sat under the Tress come Christmas Morn. So here’s a selection to wet your appetite –

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These lil lovelies caught our eye or should that be ear, they are Bang & Olufsen Play headphones from MRPORTER.COM, deliver exceptionally clear, authentic audio. The soft leather memory foam earpads and lightweight support ensure you’ll be able to listen to your longest albums in comfort, while the lead can be plugged into either side and features an in-line remote control and microphone for flexible use on the move. Ohh Santa you better not forget.

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Ohhh the weather outside might well be frightful but inside this Parka jacket by Banana Republic you certainly will be feeling delightful. Totally versatile and completely practical this Parka will keep you good whatever the weather throws at you this Yule.

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Simple put this jeans are blinking fantastic, by Albam and a classic in every shape of the word plus a real wardrobe essential, each pair is crafted from a custom woven 13oz Vintage Rope Dyed Indigo Japanese denim, in a new factory in the north of England. When you receive your jeans they are a beautiful deep blue colour, untouched by fades and washes so you can make them your own as you wear them. The denim now has a chain stitched hem that gives an original finish that echoes back to the ways of old.

 

 

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This brilliantly traditional Gentleman’s umbrella contrasts a navy canopy with a light brown wooden handle and a silver metallic engraved logo tab, by the equally brilliant Patrick Grant for Debenhams for his GREAT Hammond & Co range.

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Celebrating its thirtieth birthday this very year, Swatch have created some incredibly iconic watches during this time including this great design classic, interestedly called, “Twice again”. Most people at some point have had a swatch and now’s the time to do it again.

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Orson & Welles stock the best in original film posters from the 1950’s to 1980’s. Prices range from £100 for the 1954 re-release classic Port of Wickedness “She ruled, a queen over gold-mad love-hungry men…” to £5000 for the Star Wars non-Oscar version of the UK Quad Style C film poster – a key item for any serious Star Wars collector.

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Hats, gloves, scarves combos are always a winner, but make sure you be specific in what your after or you can end up with novelty-tastic example. This set from Paul Smith will have you looking dapper no matter if your dressing down for a festive tipple or smartening up your act for an in-laws meet up.

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Switch by Native Union is a truly GENIUS product, a Portable Bluetooth speaker, Professional conference call device and Mobile phone charger ! Its currently the way the Clothes-Make-the-Man office are listen to their music. Its wireless technology allows you to enjoy your music , movies and games. SWITCH is powered by three speakers, ensuring optimal sound quality whatever your music taste and take calls from over 30 feet away from your Bluetooth device, all the while looking pretty damn cool.

 

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Make sure you don’t go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like I Love You – The Beauty Gift Guide for the one you Love. by Amanda Lewis

250x250_CMTM_BannerBuying a present for the woman you love, whether that’s a wife. mum or girlfriend can be an absolute minefield for men and the smallest of errors can be the difference in making an impact for all the right reasons and equally for all the wrong ones. We at Clothes Make the Man are all too aware of the pitfalls involved in the buying of gifts of this nature, similar to the scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, you know the one with the booby traps and the big old Rock etc. So we’ve asked the always reliable Mrs Mc to give us some surefire pointers in the the right direction, for fail safe beauty gift ideas. Or on second thoughts maybe she’s just telling me what she wants for Christmas, Hmmmmm.

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It may mean very little to yourself, but you wait til you see the reaction this Orla Kiely ‘Forest Flower’ print matt laminate wash bag with cream nylon twill lining and zip to close. Features a front zip pocket which can be detached from the main bag and used separately, gets. Make sure you’re standing under the mistletoe.

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Currently Mrs Mc’s Perfume of choice, this has to be one of the surprises of the year, the Reiss debut fragrance for Him and Her, smells incredibly artisan and expensive. Plus, Reiss will be offering a personalisation service for its debut signature scents Grey Flower & Black Oudh until Monday 16th December. A perfect Christmas gift, for £5 you can have a personal message engraved on your Reiss Parfums bottle.

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Trust me you will be in your lady’s good books for the entire year if she unwraps this little trinket. Each year Estee Lauder produce these covetable and collectable compacts, the year’s theme is the zodiac, which are perfect for those celestial beings in your life. One essential tip, don’t get her star sign wrong, all that good work, will be for nothing.

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Help to save our British honey bees! The humble honey bee is essential to all of our wellbeing – they pollinate around a third of the foods that we eat, but they are currently under threat and could disappear completely unless we take action.

Now you can help protect the honey bee through Burt’s Bees ‘Adopt a Beehive’ programme, run by the British Beekeepers Association. By adopting a beehive, you will be raising vital funds for research into honey bee health and education programmes for beekeepers, as well as supporting the work of the BBKA. 100 per cent of the sale price goes directly towards BBKA research. Included are lots of Bee Goodies

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Like no two women are the same, opinion is equally divided on what a woman’s favourite Chanel fragrance is. But one thing is for sure, every lady has a favourite whether it be the Classic No5, the Elegant Coco or the Contemporary Cristalle. Every woman no matter, gets excited when they see the iconic interlocking C’s and the unmistakable branding of  the monochrome of Chanel.

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Another gift idea she wouldn’t be expecting but will love you all the more for is the Nails Inc Christmas Crackers Six crackers with a full size polish and fashion quote in every cracker. London centric colours such as Mayfair Mews a chic navy, Baker Street and Marylebone Lane – red full coverage glitter polish so what you waiting for, snap them up !

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Create a spa experience in your own home with the Champneys Spa Indulgence Best of Spa Deluxe Gift. It contains a collection of 5 Champneys spa favorites such as Distant Shores Body Scrub ,Citrus Blush Shower Gel  and Oriental Opulence Bubble Heaven. Champneys Spa Indulgence, exclusively from Boots Stores.

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Create the prefect gift for the lady in your life with this personalised selection of 12, yes one for very day of Christmas, TOM FORD lip colours presented in an elegant Mahogany-coloured TOM FORD box. However, this amazing gift does come in a more pocket friendly 4 set.

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All I want for Christmas – The Best of the best Christmas Jumpers

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Next Friday, yes thats right, Friday 13th, its Christmas Jumper day where by you paying £1 for the “privilege” you can wear a Christmas jumper of your very own choice. Now to assist you in making the right selection and ensuring your participation in partaking in this worthwhile cause, we’ve done the detective work so you don’t have to. Just so you know Christmas Jumpers are big business these days with many retailers recording sales in record numbers with, many styles ALREADY sold out ! Take a little look at the below gallery which should have something for everyone’s taste, maybe.

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I’ve gone with this to kick us off, from the highly questionable, but a lot of fun, funkychristmasjumpers.co.uk. Yes you can wear matching Christmas jumpers, if you so wish. This unbelievably successful website, stocks both his and hers, so come the big day you can be totally co-ordinating !!!!

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We’ve turned the dial round a bit and toned it down with this knit from Superdry available from House of Fraser. A Fairisle jumper isn’t just for Christmas and you won’t feel out of place wearing it at any point during the year.

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Whether your spending the Yuletide in Aspen or Ardwick, this Ralph Lauren Seasonal knit will have you looking your best, whether your on the slopes or slopping off for a little cat nap to escape the eating, drinking and making merry.

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This fine piece of festive knitwear must surely win the prize of most Christmassay of Christmas Jumpers ! And the winning brand is………. (drum roll please). None other then blinking New Look, for the love of old St Nick.

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Another tasteful lil number and from another American stylish Powerhouse, this time Tommy Hilfiger but exclusively for a very British Retailer in John Lewis.

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Keeping in the vein of tasteful is this example from Banana Republic, which strikes the perfect balance of Festive without being OTT and ensures this knit won’t be languishing in the back of your wardrobe for another 364 more days.

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Some might say I’m finishing on a bit of a Turkey, but hell not me !  This Turkey of a jumper, in the best possible way, by Joules, needs no trimmings.

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Watches to suit any budget by Charlotte Adams

250x250_CMTM_BannerIt is no surprise that giving a watch as a gift is popular due to its sentimentality and thankfully watches are never outdated. It is a perfect present for a man who has no idea what he wants or if the inevitable situation of not knowing what to buy arises.

The Enter Price

Casio

Casio are an extremely large business who have dipped their feet into making a variety of different products, from calculators to musical instruments. Their watches, however, are a famous part of the Casio company. It is gold tone steel and features a stopwatch, alarm, auto-calendar and a backlight. It is also water resistant up to 50 metres.

Non-expensive gift

Bulova

Bulova are a prestigious watch-making brand that makes watches that sell for over £1,000. This watch, however, is under £150 yet looks very expensive and as luxurious as more expensive watches. It has a two-toned gold and steel bracelet that is highly in fashion now and also, like the Raymond Weil watch, has a ‘clous de Paris’ centre on the black dial with the date at the 3 mark. The gold crown, hands and markers make it even more special for that loved one.

Slightly expensive gift:

Dreyfuss & Co

Dreyfuss & Co watches are both elegant and timeless and so unique that each piece is numbered on the case back. What also makes this watch unique is the amazing skeleton dial that shows the majority of the watches movements.

Dreyfuss & Co are also renowned for their extreme water resistance which they call the Seafarer Standard. This standard means it can be used for any activity or sport involving water- whether it’s diving or having a hot bath.

Expensive gift

Raymond Weil

The Raymond Weil ‘Freelancer’ Automatic is extremely elegant and attractive. At the 12 mark is a dial that allows the observation of the balance wheel, a magnificent display. Uniquely, it also has ‘clous de Paris’ decoration in the centre of the black dial which gives the watch a rebellious and modern look.

When it comes to purchasing a watch as a gift, the box it comes in also has an importance as you want it to look attractive for the person opening the present. The Raymond Weil box is black and white- simple, smart and presentable. It folds out with ease displaying the watch on a black cushion

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