December 12, 2014

Classic Holiday Fashions for the Southern Gentleman from Onward Reserve

The holiday season is such a festive time, but it can be stressful too. Socializing with co-workers is one thing that tops many peoples' worry lists. This year, I've been invited to a couple different work-related soirees, but instead of going solo as I might have done in the past, I get to bring my southern beau. 

He's definitely a jeans & t-shirt kind of guy, so the thought of dressing up for a bunch of different parties isn't his cup of tea. Maybe you have a spouse or partner who falls into this category. I decided to enlist the help of an expert, in this case the fine folks at ONWARD RESERVE. 

A luxury and specialty retailer, ONWARD RESERVE was founded by T.J. Callaway and has three locations in Georgia (Athens, Buckhead, and Thomasville) as well as Charlotte, North Carolina and a Chattanooga, Tennessee pop-up shop.  

In an effort to provide consumers with the very best in lifestyle brands as well as up and coming collections, T.J. Callaway established ONWARD RESERVE in 2012, after leaving a successful career in investment banking. Some of the designers and international brands carried by the shop include: Barbour, Peter Millar, Dubarry, Vilebrequin and others. However, the stores also pride themselves in offering unique finds from brands like Smathers & Branson, Fulton & Roark, Martin Dingman and Token & Icon.

I sat down with Virginia Johnson, the creative director of ONWARD RESERVE to talk about some style options for a dapper gent this holiday season and beyond. 

SBS: The holidays are here and that means parties. Are you getting excited? 

OR: Who doesn’t love holiday parties? I especially love another excuse to get dressed up! 

SBS: I love getting dressed up too, but my beau isn't quite a fan. Can you help me guide him toward some fail-safe options for our holiday social calendar? 

OR: Guys may not have the same love for getting dressed up as girls do, but at Onward Reserve we make it easy to shop for things that he’ll want to wear. 

For a fun festive look these “Party Pants” are sure to be a hit:

Pair the party pants with this quarter zip sweater:  

SBS: I'm loving those pants up there, but they might be out of my beau's comfort zone.

OR: If he’s a little more conservative try these cords

with a classic button down, like this  

and a cashmere sweater for warmth. 

SBS: What if the holiday party is a bit more dressy? Not black tie, but not super casual either.

OR: The occasion may call for a blazer, in which case I prefer to ditch boring navy and go for a cool tweed like one of these beautiful Martin Dingman jackets.

SBS: That's gorgeous! Okay, one last question. What about footwear? My guy lives in Chaco sandals most of the year, but they aren't really holiday gathering appropriate...if you know what I mean.

OR: If you’re going to be partying all night-he’s going to need great looking, comfortable shoes.

These are perfect: 

SBS: What great options! Thanks so much Virginia for sharing your ideas about holiday fashion for the guy who wants to look great and feel confident (and comfortable) at the same time. Is there anything else you'd like to share with Southern Belle Simple readers? 

OR: Onward Reserve currently has 5 retail locations. Our stores are a fun, comfortable place for guys and their better halves to shop. Grab a beer, watch the game and get some holiday shopping done!

Happy Holidays y'all! 

** I was not compensated in any way for this post, nor are these affiliate links. Just wanted to share some cool stuff with you.**