The old saying that behind every strong man is a strong woman holds true in this situation. For red carpet walkers such as Bradley Cooper, Donald Glover and Armie Hammer, the woman behind them is not their significant others but celebrity stylist Ilaria Urbinati.
The A-list stylist has quite the clientele, and this holiday season she has decided to share some insightful tips courtesy of W magazine. She has done her best to give great advice to those men out there who want to look their best during the holidays. Urbinati’s best piece of advice is to have fun, and when in doubt you “can’t go wrong with a little fair isle.”
W: Biggest difference between styling women vs men?
Urbinati: The politics of dressing men couldn’t be more different than those of women where you’re always just chasing that “one” sample dress. With men, it’s more about working within the parameters of men’s style rules while trying to break out of them just the right amount.
W: Best advice for men dressing for a holiday party?
Urbinati: You can’t go wrong with a little fair isle as long as it fits right. Do go easy on the plaid, though it’s great under a suit. Don’t be afraid of a little color. Do embrace velvet. Do go hard on the tweeds, cashmeres, and herringbones. Don’t forget, as goes for the rest of the year, it’s all about the fit.
W: Most flattering silhouette on a man?
Urbinati: A slim two button peak or notch lapel suit will never be wrong. A nice shoulder doesn’t hurt especially for winter. Unlined is great in the summer
W: Ideal men’s holiday party outfit?
Urbinati: For black tie, a velvet suit is gorgeous. For a more casual affair, a wool or tweed suit with a Christmas sweater or plaid shirt nails it.
W: Best men’s accessories to pair with a party look?
Urbinati: I’m really into men’s jewelry right now. David Yurman makes my favorite men’s gold chains and gold rings. The bee or lion rings are my faves.