When people think “fashion” usually their minds leap to the latest women’s fashions and styles.
However, during the upcoming holiday gatherings and parties, men like to get into the spirit of the season as well, dressing to look stylish at the family Thanksgiving dinner, the company holiday party or the New Year’s Eve bash.
Bill Womac, owner of Boyd Thomas Clothing, said anytime there is an economic downturn, the fashion trend is to dress up. In society today, however, the casual dress has been in style for so long that dressing up is a rarity.
Casual can be refined and stylish and the latest menswear holiday fashions will be featured at the Wrapped in Style fashion show. The holiday preview, presented by Boyd Thomas Clothing, benefits the Hearing and Speech Foundation. The event will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at The Barn Event Center of the Smokies in Townsend.
Marti Womac, owner of Boyd Thomas Clothing, said Boyd Thomas has participated in two fashion shows for the Hearing and Speech Foundation, and they have been big successes. The foundation provides hearing aids for people in East Tennessee who cannot afford them. The foundation also takes donated hearing aids and reconditions them to provide to people in need.
Attendees to the fashion show can see the latest women’s and men’s holiday fashions. On the runway for men this year will be “hybrids.”
Not just the latest, greatest thing in car models, the hybrid coat is a practical and stylish fashion piece to add to the wardrobe as well. “A hybrid is a coat that can be worn as a sports coat or as an outer piece,” Bill Womac said. The hybrid coat features multiple interior pockets to hold the cell phone or I-pod or other electronic gadgets.
In addition to hybrid coats, Bill Womac said he is seeing a resurgence in camel hair blazers and Harris Tweed jackets. Harris Tweed is defined as woolen fabric hand-woven by the islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides, the islands of Scotland. Authentic Harris Tweed is stamped with the official, trademarked Orb symbol.
“Uniqueness in color and pattern seem to be a big plus,” Bill Womac said in reference to woven shirts for men. He said plaid is a predominant pattern, but colorful prints from Bugatchi and Tommy Bahama are also popular in menswear fashion.
Scarves have migrated over from the women’s scene as well. Men are picking up stylish angora and lambswool scarves which can accessorize a classic look and keep the cold winter winds off the neck.
Another great holiday look that blends the best of both worlds is a tuxedo coat with a pair of denim jeans. Some men take the look a step further by donning cowboy boots with the jeans and tuxedo jacket look.
“The better you look, the better you feel,” Bill Womac said about dressing for the holidays.
For more information about the Wrapped in Style fashion preview, call 865-977-0981 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets for the event are $45 and a discount is available for tables of eight. Tickets can be purchased at the Hearing and Speech Foundation, Boyd Thomas Clothing and the Garden Shop in Townsend.
The fashions, including party wear and casual wear, presented during the luncheon show will be provided by Boyd Thomas Clothing in Maryville and the bath junkie from Knoxville.
Well-known fashionista Mertie Elliott, who owned Mertie’s fashion shop for 35 years, will emcee Wrapped in Style.