Festivus Dressing


With Thanksgiving right around the corner the holiday season is officially upon us. And with the holidays come holiday parties.

This is going to be a good year for staying in and partying like it is 1999 all over again. And wouldn’t you like something just a bit different from the run-of-the-mill tuxedo? There’s nothing like a tuxedo for New Year’s Eve, of course, but consider a velvet smoking jacket like the one worn by the Duke of Windsor when he and Wallace enteratined at home. That’s it above when it was offered for sale at Sotheby’s. Bottle green, double breasted, quilted shawl collar. He wore it with midnight blue tuxedo trousers and probably Prince Albert style monogrammed velvet carpet slippers.

Ok, that may be too much for you all at once. How about another traditionally seasonal look: tartan.

Worried that wearing tartan might be like wearing some other guy’s fraternity letters? Don’t stay away from tartan because you don’t have a clan. There are a couple that everyone has the “right” to sport and there is no hard and fast rule about having to belong to the clan to sport its colors. Very few tartans are protected — the Royal Family’s Balmoral tartan for example. So have some fun.


You probably already own something in the Black Watch pattern (that’s it above) or a Royal Stewart. A couple of others would be Hunting Stewart, Caledonian, and Jacobite which are the older universal tartans. The plaid or tartan sportcoat or dinner jacket will always be in style. And any one of the patterns would make up into a beautiful pair of trousers to wear with a black or blue blazer, your dinner jacket, or that velvet smoking jacket.

No matter what holiday you celebrate, consider something festive this year. A great way to use your Leviner Wood Gift Certificate.

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