Here in New York, it’s not yet the end of Fall but it feels like Winter has come early. Waking up to crisp mornings, treading across cold wood floors to make that first cup of coffee – it’s always tempting to get back under the covers and hibernate.
I’ve partnered with Express to bring you some elegant holiday looks for when staying cozy inside isn’t an option. Let’s be honest too – cold weather or not, this is one of the most festive times of the year: holiday parties, Friendsgiving dinners, ice skating in Bryant Park. There are a million and one reasons to get dressed up and be social – which means a few key updates to the wardrobe will generate extra mileage this season.
This denim tuxedo blazer instantly caught my eye when looking through Express’ latest designs. It has a trompe l’oeil effect from a distance where it could appear as a traditional contrast navy and black jacket, but upon closer inspection the denim fabric reveals itself. It’s an edgy and modern take on a sophisticated staple. I wore the blazer with black tuxedo pants to elevate the style, the black trouser pairing well with the lapels.
Turtlenecks are a source of sartorial contention among some, but like many Europeans, I am all for a warm neck. My advice with turtlenecks: it’s all or nothing – don’t try the middle approach with a mock-neck. This grey turtleneck compliments the navy in the blazer nicely and is just the right weight to wear under a suit jacket.
Because every stylish ensemble deserves an equally dapper coat, this Express wool overcoat was the perfect finishing touch. Similar to the denim blazer, this coat has unexpected, subtle detailing in the form of leather trim. It’s beautifully tailored to drape elegantly on the body but still has enough ease to wear over a suit.
I finished the look off the black accessories – holidays or not, black will always be the color of choice for the stylish New Yorker.
Photography by James Creel with a Nikon D750 in Partnership with Express
Coat by Express | Shop here
Tuxedo Blazer by Express | Shop here
Tuxedo Pants by Express | Shop here
Turtleneck by Express | Shop here
Chelsea Boots by Ankari Floruss | Shop here
Gloves by Weekday Stores | Shop here
Watch by Emporio Armani | Shop here