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If you don't have a Burberry budget, thankfully the high street is also backing the velvet trend. Gordon Richardson, creative director of Topman, confirms that the label's key evening look revolves around "deluxe jacquard velvet suiting in intricate foil-like patterns that give added lustre and come in rich saturated teal and berry".
The high-street trend-setter has also done an embroidered velvet loafer — though it's advisable not to get too matchy-matchy about velvet unless your festive sartorial wish is to look like a pair of posh hotel curtains. For Clark, alarm bells are ringing about the non-velvet statement jackets that are popping up at labels such as Alexander McQueen and Dries van Noten. If your idea of making a party statement is putting on a ritzy shirt, then you'd better think again. Men really need to think beyond just the shirt and consider the whole outfit," he says.
However, Chris Hobbs, fashion writer at Attitude, is a fan of a splashy accessory or an affordable print shirt. But his real tip? Statement jackets, coloured suits and patterned shirts are fashions that cause eye-rolling in certain male quarters but over the past 12 months these looks have trodden the catwalk and the red carpet.
Such trends are part of this loosening up of formal dressing, an idea that seems popular with actors including Andrew Garfield and Robert Pattinson. These dudes are experimenting. Garfield has worn a red Balenciaga tux to a premiere, while Pattinson recently chose a patterned Kenzo shirt to finish off his suit. Take some of their looks as your starting point this Christmas. And if all else fails, there is always Bond. This article contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase.
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