With the winter holiday season right around the corner, there’s still plenty of time to come up with some creative wardrobe twists that will help you stand out from the crowd. After all, dressing for the holidays shouldn’t mean simply putting on one of those ugly Christmas sweaters that people love to photograph and post on Instagram. With that in mind, here are three creative ways to get really festive for the holidays.
OK, this idea really only works if you’ve carefully groomed a hipster beard over the past 12 months. But, there is an undeniable “Wow” factor here – decorating your beard with tiny holiday lights. Who needs to decorate a holiday tree with lights when you can simply decorate your beard?
This look first burst into the mainstream during the 2016 winter holidays, when men in London were festively decorating their beards with tiny holiday lights. There was even a pop-up grooming stall at the East Village Christmas Maker’s Market in Stratford, at which men could have a professional stylist light up their whiskers to glow like a Christmas tree. Since then, the idea of creating a distinctive fairy glow for men’s beards has traveled across the pond, and is now set to light up the holidays here in Canada.
Idea #2: A unique one-of-a-kind Christmas Necktie
If you are going to wear a necktie to a big holiday event – like a corporate office party – then you might want to consider a unique, one-of-a-kind bowtie that you simply can’t find anywhere else. With a tie from Canadian-based fashion company Mule Ties, for example, you could easily create a look that people will be talking about for long after the holidays have wound down. How about a bow tie featuring New York City taxi cabs or a bow tie printed to look like a QR code (a potential big favorite with the Toronto tech crowd)?
The holidays are also the time of the year when fashion-forward men experiment with new watch styles. Traditionally, this means investing in a new watch the way you would a piece of expensive jewelry. But what about a watch made from completely recycled wood at a price point significantly lower than you might expect?
On the Mule Ties website, you’ll also find a full collection of Leafwood watches, which are all made from recycled wood and the highest quality components. For example, there’s the Juglan Nut Gold, made from naturally recycled sandalwood with a very distinctive clock face featuring gold dials and matching gold second, minute and hour hands. Best of all, it’s all designed and made in Canada.
Of course, how you celebrate the holidays is up to you. But 2017 could be the year that you finally put an end to the annual rite of getting a boring tie, sweater or watch as a holiday gift from loved ones. A festively decorated beard is the perfect complement to a unique, one-of-a-kind bow tie or a handcrafted wood watch made from real Canadian wood.