Let’s not beat around the bush – Christmas 2020 will be unlike any other festive season we’ve ever known. We’re hurtling towards the end of November and, where once the invitations to cocktail parties, black tie dinners and long lunches would be stacked high, this year the doormat remains resolutely empty.
But while the festive season may not contain the big social events we’re used to, what the unique situation of 2020 does do is give us the time and energy to host the kind of intimate events that tend to get lost in the madness and merriment of a normal Christmas calendar. And there’s no rule that says a small guestlist has to mean a casual affair.
No, in fact we say hosting a drinks party or dinner just for your bubble is even more reason to make an effort. Get dressed up, spritz on your finest cologne, maybe even slip on something other than slippers. You’ve all worn nothing but jeans and T-shirts since March – having an excuse to don your finest black tie is exactly what this Christmas season needs to return a little normality to proceedings.
And, if after a year of stocking up on sweatshirts, your wardrobe could do with an injection of formalwear, there’s no finer brand to turn to than Turnbull & Asser. The royal-warranted shirtmaker creates clothing, quite literally, fit for a king and this season offers up a range of black tie options ready to kit you out for every type of event.
Take, for example, its formal shirts. A dress shirt is just a dress shirt right? Well, not exactly. Turnbull & Asser offers no fewer than eight different dress shirts, including an unusual navy option, traditional pleat and bib fronted versions and two exquisite pieces from the brand’s newly launched James Bond collection – one based on Pierce Brosnan’s look in Die Another Day and the second being the very style worn by Daniel Craig’ in Casino Royale.
Or perhaps one of Turnbull & Asser’s elegant smoking jackets will fit the bill instead? Available in single- and double-breasted versions, these luxurious velvet numbers are fastened with a braided toggle and cut a dashing silhouette in their navy, black and green colourways. Pair with crisp black tuxedo trousers for the finest of festive looks.
Turnbull & Asser Casino Royale White Dress Shirt
Turnbull & Asser Double-breasted Smoking Jacket
Turnbull & Asser Spotted Silk Scarf
Of course no truly great look is complete without a selection of debonair accessories and the best black tie looks start with a bow tie. Luckily Turnbull & Asser has 20 different designs to choose from, including plain silk and velvet, polka dot, herringbone and houndstooth options. Likewise, Turnbull & Asser’s collection of silk scarves is unrivalled, with colours and patterns on offer to allow you to add a touch of personal style to your black tie uniform.
If you’re really looking to push the boat out, however, why not commission your very own bespoke or made-to-measure shirt? The ultimate expression of refined tailoring, the lengthy and exacting process means your shirts may not arrive this side of Christmas – but we could all use something to look forward to come January.
Turnbull & Asser eveningwear
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