We are in December, the month of festivities. And yes, festivities call for nothing short of good appearances and good appearances mean, among other things, having the right clothes fitting rightly.
Mismatched suits, poorly knotted ties, shoes that should have been thrown away decades ago, dress shirts torn by the collar or stained by an 'unremoval' food chemical is stuff you shouldn't allow to cross over into this month.
The invites will be coming in, unless of course you do not mean much to people and honestly, this article is about them and not meant for you; move on. Ditch the Dockers and Chinos for a day and get down to suits, preferably the bold colours with a tie.
As for the dress shirt, white is universal, utilise this unique property. When you have this as daily work wear, you will be spot on for an evening formal do; December has countless of these.
But if one of those turns out to be formal, dress down your look - roll up the jacket cuffs for some schoolboy flair or remove the jacket altogether and roll up your sleeves. Please note: under no circumstances should you un-tuck your shirt. No one expects you to stoop to "casual boarding-school dropout" levels.
"Who cares?" went some guy I told to dress to reflect his wealth and stature. "No one is going to be looking at you, anyway."
He could not be more wrong. Women are looking because women are always looking. And men too. So, start our festive special checking out what's best for the December parties. Talking of check, let's start with the checked blazers.
Up until now, blazers, suit jackets and sports coats in ultra-traditional patterns such as windowpane check have been a thing of the past, worn by conservative old men.
Not anymore! These patterned jackets have been updated by designers for the 21st century gentleman, along with a slimmer cut, shorter length and higher armholes.
They also tend to have a minimal lining and a more natural shoulder, which makes them look slimming on any frame whilst at the same time providing an element of ease and comfort to any look. And let's face it, who doesn't want that?
But don't worry if you can't tell the difference between checked plaid or windowpane; you only really need one patterned blazer in your wardrobe and, thanks to the wide variety available from designers and the high street, it really will come down to your personal preference and what you think looks good on you.