Everyone's dressing up

It's not just women who like to sparkle and shine or at least revive their wardrobes this time of year. Guys and children get a kick out of looking great for the holidays, too. Brandon Sullivan, manager and one of the buyers for Gentry Ltd., says he's seeing men coming in to get a new suit specifically for the holidays.

"And the three-piece suits are part of the 'Mad Men' rush," Sullivan said. "There is an interest in the '20s and '30s era when men were always fully dressed — suits, ties, hats."

He says that although hats might not make a big comeback, men are showing more interest in Italian-inspired looks that are "trim, clean and really dressy, reminiscent of the days when men dressed like professional men."

The holidays are a time to show off that look, he said.

"It's a great time of year to do something a little more fun than the typical sportscoat and slacks. You can wear suits in untraditional ways or get one of the casual tuxedo coats."

J.V. Johnston at Johnston's says the holiday season is a great time of year to try something new. Vests are being worn with a good-looking shirt and slacks, no tie, no jacket. "It's dressy casual," he said.

Styles such as casual tuxedo coats and terms such as "dressy casual" show that menswear has followed women's in blurring the lines between casual and dressy.

When it's time to dress to impress, don't forget the little ones. Boys don't mind dressing up as long as they're comfortable. Go for soft corduroy jackets and cotton shirts in bright colors.

Most little girls enjoy putting on party dresses this time of year. The choices are delightful and, in many cases, they imitate what big sis or mom is wearing.