During the holiday season, nothing screams, ‘I’ve made zero effort’ like turning up in a pair of jeans. So instead, when the atmosphere turns festive, you can use it as an opportunity to turn up the dial on smarter separates. Transforming a simple pant and shirt combo into something suave doesn’t have to be difficult – the key to making formal look a little more laid-back is to always stay close to the classic side of the spectrum.

Holiday Look One

A pleat front slack (think the Uncommon Man David Trouser) takes on a whole new Ivy League aesthetic when it’s teamed with a Wool & Cashmere Polo; especially if it’s topped off with that perennial campus favourite, the Shawl Collar Cardigan. It’s a silhouette that screams good taste (and good times). If double knitwear for the upper quadrant feels too thermal, consider instead, a top notch Tattersall Shirt – a timeless check that balances the traditional with a healthy portion of effortlessness. Couple this with some dark chocolate Penny Loafers, a fine gauge Round Neck Jumper and a trayful of expertly mixed Negronis/Martinis for the win.

Holiday Look Two

Texture is everything here. The perfect blend of soft tailoring, well-cut shirting and luxurious knits can really work wonders for any man. Think of it as a cheat sheet – a fast track way to looking like you’ve had eight hours sleep, eaten your greens and wouldn’t dream of opening that top trouser button after dessert. Solid separates make an entrance, so there’s no point scrimping on quality. At Uncommon Man we pride ourselves on pulling together statement pieces and repurposing them more casually for the everyday wardrobe. After all, the right outfit is for life – not just for Christmas.


                  • 1¼ ounces gin
                  • 1¼ ounces Campari
                  • 1¼ ounces sweet vermouth
                  • Orange twist, for garnish

1. Stir all liquid ingredients with ice.

2. Strain into chilled rocks glass filled with ice.

3. Garnish with an orange twist.

4. Enjoy!