From dad jokes and ugly sweaters, to cocktails and fine shoes, we have you covered.
Tis’ the season, and all the rest. And while you’re jumping between holiday parties and time with the family, we have some tips to keep you styling (and sane) this Christmas.
You’re going to need a terrible Christmas sweater, of course; a killer winter plaid coat for upscale events; a cocktail recipe for impressing guests; some god-awful dad jokes; and (who could forget?) a pair of BOMBEROS loafers to get you from Christmas to New Year’s and beyond.
Luckily, I’ve got you covered with some of my favorite holiday recommendations and the best, most festive, styles from BOMBEROS.
The Ugly Christmas Sweater
First up, the sweaters. They’re essential for that annual Ugly Sweater Party (don’t lie, you’ve received at least one invitation). They’re worthy gifts for the family members who were somehow forgotten on your original Christmas List. And, never forget, the ugliest sweaters are usually the comfiest, best to throw on when the night is long and you’ve eaten too much and the scotch just keeps coming.
The Winter Plaid Coat
The coat is a little tricker.
If you’re looking to make a statement, go for a tartan wool blend blazer in red and green – wide black lapels really set the pattern off. Partner this with a white shirt, festive cufflinks, black pants, and BOMBEROS shoes. This, from J Crew, is stylish enough to be acceptable but bold enough to be the life of the party.
For the colder climes, an overcoat like this one from Paul Smith might be more suitable. An Italian-made double-breasted wool overcoat (in red houndstooth check) is just the ticket. The classic style undercuts the excessive color. And the look is completed perfectly with a black turtleneck and black suit pants or jeans.
Cocktails for the Season
Now for the cocktails.
You can’t look past eggnog – the family favourite. Best for cold nights by the fire, following a long dinner, and served with dessert.
This recipe is the “Ultimate Eggnog Recipe” from Liquor.com and I can attest, it lives up to its name.
- 6 Eggs, separated. Eggs, separated.
- 3⁄4 cup Sugar, divided. 3⁄4 cup. 3⁄4 cup. 3⁄4 cup. Sugar, divided.
- 32 oz Whole milk. 32 oz. 950 ml. 32 parts. Whole milk.
- 16 oz Heavy cream. 16 oz. 475 ml. 16 parts. Heavy cream.
- 8 oz Bourbon. 8 oz. 240 ml. 8 parts.
- 4 oz Spiced rum. 4 oz. 120 ml. 4 parts. Spiced rum.
- Beat together the egg yolks and half a cup of sugar until they turn light in color.
- Stir in the milk, heavy cream, bourbon and rum.
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with the remaining quarter-cup of sugar until they form soft peaks.
- Fold about a third of the egg whites into the yolk mixture.
- Serve in punch or tea cups topped with freshly grated nutmeg, folding in more of the egg whites as desired.
If you’re looking to impress friends at cocktail hour, and eggnog just won’t cut it, opt for an Old Fashioned with a little bit of spice. This recipe from Salted Plains is my holiday go-to.
Dad jokes to liven up the party
Dad jokes. These are like stocking-fillers but for awkward silences. Use them sparingly but with confidence. They’re sure to break the ice and get a laugh, and really – who doesn’t love a good dad joke?
Three of my favorites:
- How can you you tell snowmen apart from snow women?
- What’s Santa’s favourite thing to do in the garden?
Hoe, Hoe, Hoe
- Why did Frosty the Snowman want a divorce?
His wife was a total flake
And finally, the shoes
Here at BOMBEROS, we have some striking Belgian Loafers that will serve as the exclamation point to your Christmas outfit. Think red, suede, and certain conversation-starters.
Try the Rojo Siempre to make a statement with red velvet and cobalt blue piping. Plus, the Nappa leather lining and interior will keep you comfortable no matter where your celebrations take you. Bold and classy, the Rojo Siempre style will dress-up the simplest of Christmas outfits, and set off the most elaborate plaid overcoat you can find.
For the ladies - opt for the Pata de Gallo, which features a festive houndstooth upper complemented by dashing, bright red accents on the sole and backstripe. They’re perfect for holiday parties or any occasion which calls for a bit of extra cheer.
Happy Holidays from all of us at BOMBEROS and, as always, if you have any questions or style tips you’d like to share, reach out to me at email@example.com. Happy festivities!