A classic look for the holiday and beyond

4 It’s amazing how much lead up time we have until Christmas but then in a blink of an eye, it’s gone. I always look forward to this time of year. And this year I was very excited with the gifts I gave to friends and family but was even more excited to wear some fantastic holiday clothing. 3

While it’s nice to always wear the latest and greatest looks for the season, it’s okay to pepper in tried and true classics. I love these plaid trousers from Burberry. I have had them for several years yet they still look great for today. Paired with a gold turtleneck, and finishing with side zip boots; t was a great holiday look. It’s a decidedly 60’s look but still relevant for today.

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Plaid trousers – Burberry; Plaid slim fit pants – Burberry; Golden turtleneckVersace; Black zip-fron boots – Magnanni.


For outwear, I added the classic peacoat also from Burberry. The peacoat has been around for over 300 years and was adopted for use by both the US and British navies. Interestingly, the design has been relatively unchanged through out its history although today’s coat sees a variety color and patterns. The only issue this year was that the weather was a little warm to sport this winter look. Not being deterred however, I still sported the look but I just turned up the AC (smile)! 7

But don’t just relegate your looks for the holiday season. Some, like this blogged look, can work all winter long. Just a hint of color such as the gold turtleneck or the red as part of the plaid pattern in the pants may be just the spark you need to lift you out of the winter doldrums. This will be especially treated when the weather becomes cold and dreary and you’re resorting to black attire.

Dressing for holiday parties

d6 I love this time of year! The holidays are always so special. I look forward to putting up my tree, spending time with my family and friends and attending some great parties. The parties are always fun and you know me, anytime I get to dress up, it’s always a bonus.
D! While I love rocking a tuxedo for certain occasions, I wanted to find something that was slightly less formal but still elegant and polished. In addition, I didn’t want to rely on wearing the same old thing. I’m typically a suit and tie kind of guy so when I came across this claret colored blazer from Armani Colleczioni, I knew this is exactly what I was looking for.

18 I chose this look for a holiday party with Fashion Group International. Knowing that there were going to be some extremely well dressed people in attendance, I knew I had to bring my A game. And based on my styling, I say, “Mission accomplished!”

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Shop my look: Details

Claret blazer: Armani Collezioni; Black flat front trousers: Armani Collezioni; Modern fit white dress shirt: Armani Collezioni, Jewel toned paisley bowtie – Phineas Cole by Paul Stuart; Foxley suede tasseled slip-on: Jimmy Choo (no longer available but alternatives).


The jacket is a deep red wine color with a lean slim fit. I paired it with black flat front trousers, white shirt and a Paul Stuart multicolored jewel toned bow tie was the perfect cocktail attire. I also think black and white thin striped slacks would also be a great look as well. I completed the look with multi colored tasseled loafers containing the same colors found in the tie.

I captured my look at Union Station in Washington DC. This travel hub has been serving travel hop since 1907 and is a magnificent building in the city. This time of year it’s adorned with large wreaths for the holidays and plays host to the annual Norwegian Christmas tree. Inside the great hall, the grand spiral staircases adorned with wreaths and golden bows was the perfect setting for staging a grand entrance.


Photos by: Troy Petenbrink


The grey overcoat: A fantastic tonal look


Shop my look: Details

Grey tweet overcoat: The Brett Johnson CollectionGrey knit turtleneck: The Brett Johnson Collection; Grey plaid plaints – IncotexBlack chelsea boot: Prada.

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With winter just around the corner and the days already getting chilly, it’s time to think of your winter looks. One of your most important pieces should be a good winter coat. This is the one garment in your wardrobe that is going to get plenty of use and constantly be in the spotlight. Essentially it’s going to be in heavy rotation for most of winter.


If you going to invest in a coat, it is essential to choose wisely. In choosing your coat, consider these three factors: your coat should be timeless, flattering to the body and able to withstand the harsh winter weather. It should be timeless because you’re making an investment purchase. If you are paying good money for a coat, it should last for several years. Secondly, since you make a conscious effort to put together a fantastic outfit, why ruin the look with an ill-fitting overcoat? You want your coat to compliment your look. And lastly but most of all, if the coat cannot keep you warm then its purpose is useless.

While multicolor coats have their place, a solid color is much more functional. Popular colors include navy, black and camel but for this season, grey is an ideal selection. Grey is versatile, looks great over almost any color and it is not as somber as some of the darker colors. Moreover a grey topcoat works well over both tailored and more casual looks.


To showcase how a grey coat works for this season, I opted for a tonal look. What makes this combination shine are the patterns and textures of the pieces. I’m loving the coat, which is from the Brett Johnson Collection. This handsome tweed 4-button overcoat is a stunner. It’s made in Italy and is water resistant. Brett Johnson is a Washington based designer who started his line in 2013 and is aiming to give the luxury brands like Brunello Cucinelli and Ermenegildo Zegna a run for their money. He slated to present his next collection during the upcoming New York Fashion Week Men’s. After that, I wouldn’t be surprised if his cache will soar so it’s smart to grab his pieces now.

My turtleneck is also my Brett Johnson. This chunky knot features a horizontal knit in the body. What you can’t see is that knit follows a vertical pattern in the sleeves. My plaid flannel trousers are by Incotex. Done in greys and black, I like that the plaid. It is subtle yet strikingly noticeable. Completing my look is the perennial favorite, the Chelsea boot. These are by Prada.