Five Minutes with… Simon Waller, DAKS Menswear Designer

Read about Simons's style tips for the party season and his favourite festive hangouts. 


What will you be wearing for the festive party season?

There is still something great about a bad Christmas jumper but for a more sophisticated look this season, I’ll be wearing a luxurious oversized cashmere jumper, preferably a turtle neck. I’ll team this with a pair of chunky Tricker Chelsea boots so that I’m prepared for the icy walk home at the end of the night! 

Red Wool Polo Neck, £185                 Tricker Chelsea Boots, £425             Cashmere Crew Neck- £495

Where is your favourite Christmas party destination?

When the Christmas parties become a little overwhelming and you need somewhere to gather your thoughts, I head to Rules in Covent Garden. I’m not sure if ‘party' is the right word but it’s a gem. Open fires and great cocktails, it’s the best place to get you in the mood for Christmas and a million miles away from Winter Wonderland.

Who is your style icon for the festive season? 

Ralph Fiennes is definitely someone I turn to at Christmas for inspiration. He has impeccable taste with minute attention to detail. From films like the English Patient to the Grand Budapest Hotel, he is the epitome of confidence and style. 

What’s your one style tip for party dressing?

Don’t be scared to overdress. Menswear has become more casual recently, but this goes out the window for Christmas. Use this time as an excuse to get all those extra formal pieces out of the wardrobe and make a statement.