Thu 6th December 2018
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Wow! Christmas is upon us already! But what a challenging year it has been in retail! However, it’s now the season for celebrating, giving and receiving gifts and generally being that much more aware of friends, family and colleagues.

Gift shopping can be a real challenge and so from a menswear perspective here’s some tips to help... first for men.

Colour. Understand the colour palettes which suit the recipient.There’s the RUSTIC RURAL colours of greens/browns/burnt orange/ berry reds/sky blues/navy/tan - which all co-ordinate. A scarf, jacket, belt or shoe kept within this palette will add to the outfit perfectly. Secondly, there’s BLACK where grey/white/charcoal/pillar box red/ lilac which again all co-ordinate perfectly as a separate pallet.

Size/fit. The fashion industry has no industry-wide standard for sizes. A tip would be to measure under the arm pit of a shirt/jumper that fits with a piece of string and cut it to length, pop it into a bag or pocket and shop with it to hand.

Accessories. Men have a real choice with scarves (silk and woollen), gloves, caps and hats, bags, ties, umbrellas, shoes and shoe care, grooming kits, books, socks and more! I’m sure any of these will be happily received as long as the colour coordination tips are followed.

Knitwear. The selection of knitwear available is amazing... crew necks, V-necks, polo and roll necks, turtle necks, half zip, full zip and cardigans made from lamb’s wool, merino wool or cotton. Nordic and fair isle knitwear is a real fashion statement this season.

In womenswear, accessories that add a pop of colour to an outfit are as popular as ever. Think of updating a winter coat with this season’s in-colours of ‘autumn frost blues’ and ‘mulled wine plums and purples’ for an instant refresh. Metallic, stud
work and fringing on bags are trends that should be wrapped and under many Christmas trees this year.

Above all else, keep your shopping ‘independent’ for the correct advice on colour, sizing and style! At VERB you will only ever get honest advice because you will be spreading the word for our brand! Do pop into our Flemingate store to say ‘hello’, follow us on Facebook and Twitter and check out our website: And do have an enjoyable
and restful festive period.

Just Beverley