Trend Report Sharp-dressed man

By Holly E. Thomas
Sunday, December 19, 2010; W07

Around the holidays, it's easy to get into a style rut -- wear whatever is comfortable and allows for maximum turkey consumption. But this time of year presents plenty of chances to experiment with dapper duds. Heading to an after-hours cocktail soiree? Try a velvet blazer. Taking a road trip to Grandma's? Look fresh in Fair Isle. Whether you're dressing up or dressing down, here are a few ideas to spice up the shirt-and-tie routine.


Covered in plaid from the Woolrich archives, this Jack Spade plaid bill holder stashes your cash and cards in rustic-yet-functional fashion. $125 atwww.jackspade.com.


Hand-numbered and -crafted from Horween shell cordovan, the limited-edition 721 LTD boot from Wolverine's 1000 Mile collection offers a timeless silhouette that works with jeans or trousers. $725 at Redeem (1734 14th St. NW, 202-332-7447); visit www.wolverine.com for additional retailers.


Snazzy with dark denim or your favorite black pants, a crimson velvet tuxedo jacket is -- at the very least -- an icebreaker. Try it with a subtly patterned scarf in a complementary hue for a look that's half-Cary Grant, half-Rat Pack. Jacket, $69.95, and scarf, $7.95, at area H&M stores.


Whether it's a gentlemanly gift for the host or something to store your libation of choice, this eight-ounce leather flask adds old-school panache to a holiday get-together. $34.50 at area J. Crew stores and www.jcrew.com.


The Fair Isle sweater is a prep-school staple, but it feels modern when paired with an oxford shirt and slim-fit, sand-washed chinos. In crisp navy and white, J. Crew's fine lamb's wool version is one to try. $118 at area J. Crew stores and www.jcrew.com.

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