The holiday\u2019s can strike fear into any able-bodied man\u2019s heart. Mom asking why you\u2019re still single. Dad asking when you\u2019re going to get a promotion. Your siblings being generally annoying. Maybe the weather cooperates, maybe it doesn\u2019t. Regardless you will likely have a number of different occasions to dress for \u2013 Christmas or Hanukkah meals, reunions with friends, New Year\u2019s Eve with that special someone \u2013 and you\u2019ve got to look on pointe. In many cases you won\u2019t be seeing these folks until the next holiday season; so leave a good lasting impression. We go straight to the source - celebrity stylist Ilaria Urbinati - were we get the top tips,\u00a0 'how-to's' and examples on some of her guys.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nMany would argue that the holidays are a good excuse to put in a little more effort - do you agree?\r\n\r\nThere\u2019s a lot going on as far as parties and what not so it\u2019s a good excuse to get dressed up and put in some effort.\r\n\r\n How do you not embarrass yourself at an office holiday party?? How can you look professional without over doing it?\r\n\r\nI don\u2019t think you can ever overdo it in a simple winter suit, and you can dress it down with no tie and a more wintery rugged pair of boots.\r\n\r\n Any opinions of the infamous holiday sweaters? Did your parents torture you with one when younger?\r\n\r\nNo way, I grew up in Italy. There\u2019s no ugly Christmas sweater tradition in Italy that I\u2019m aware of! Everyone got dressed up in my family - for Christmas dinner and so on - no excuses.\r\n\r\nI do love a good sweater - I remember a few years back Burberry did some amazing well-fitted Fair Isle men\u2019s sweaters that were my favorite holiday sweaters. They were like a stylist take on the Christmas sweater. J. crew always makes some good ones too. Any well fitting Fair Isle is always cool for the holidays.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHow do you dress for holiday parties if you're in the tropics? How can you be festive and weather appropriate??\r\n\r\nThat\u2019s a tough one. It\u2019s hard not to look like a silly santa in Hawaii parody. I would say just embrace the island life and just stick with that, like with singer Ross Lynch below. Lighter materials are key.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFor women - the holidays usually mean adding sparkle or glitter - is there a men's equivalent that instantly signals festive?\r\n\r\nJust wearing reds or greens drives the point Home in a more subtle way. I just dressed Dwayne Johnson in an awesome red Burberry sweater for a very festive episode of Ellen that airs this week. And Kevin Hart came on with him and his stylist put him in an awesome red wool Paul Smith suit. They both looked very Holiday party appropriate and still handsome without looking silly. \u00a0And again - can never have too much Fair Isle! A good woodsy flannel works too.\r\n\r\nAny big trends in holiday dressing right now?\r\n\r\nI\u2019m obsessed with velvet suiting for men in general right now. You\u2019ll be seeing it a lot from me over awards season, I\u2019m guessing. And Alessandro Sartori at Zegna just did some gorgeous brocade suiting and even bomber jackets that I styled on Garrett Hedlund and James Marsden that I loved. The trick with brocade is to keep it close in tones so it\u2019s not too loud.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIs holiday dressing an excuse to throw on some jewelry or accessories? Some would argue the right accessories can dress up an outfit - do you agree?\r\n\r\nI always love a little man jewelry all year round. David Yurman is my go-to. I love a simple gold chain, some rings - even pinky rings. I love a little 70's Guido (I can say that because I\u2019m Italian).\r\n\r\nNew Years Eve weddings have become a big trend. As it\u2019s a wedding and a super flashy evening - how should guys dress for these?\r\n\r\nUsually a tuxedo is appropriate here. Depends on the wedding\u2019s dress code. A dark suit or tux with a topcoat is always elegant and handsome. Can\u2019t go wrong.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nMany people travel for the holidays - do you have any packing tips to share?\u00a0\r\n\r\nDon\u2019t over pack - that\u2019s first. Most people go visit family and end up longing around in their PJs the whole time anyway. I think a couple of good sweaters, one coat - something classic like a pea coat that goes with everything is good. A solid pair of boots like some Redwings or Wolverines - I also like RM Williams and M Gemi. And one suit and dress shoe is plenty. Plus of course some nice loungewear that doesn\u2019t look too much like you\u2019ve wandered in off the street.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAny brands that you think are nailing the holiday offerings?\r\n\r\nRalph Lauren for some plaids and some cable knit sweaters. Isaia has some insanely gorgeous winter coats. Burberry did amazing plaid pants this year that I\u2019m obsessed with.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIs there an item most guys are missing in their wardrobes that you think they should have? One item that for whatever reason, guys don't think of purchasing that might up their game?\r\n\r\nA velvet black bow tie always ups the ante on a simple tux. The tux doesn\u2019t have to be velvet. And every guy should own a great watch. My go-to\u2019s are IWC, Montblanc, Breitling, Vacheron Constantin, and Panerai. And of course a vintage Rolex is always dope. Ok I have a lot of watch go-to\u2019s. Shinola makes some great affordable ones as well that make great gifts. I did a collab with Montblanc on a leather weekender bag that works great as a gym bag or a carry-on. That\u2019s always a good fancy gift.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nI\u2019m dreaming of a deep green velvet tux....\r\nCheck Her Out\r\n\r\n\r\nIlaria Urbinati was born in Rome and raised in Paris. She started out in fashion at eighteen working for her aunt, designer Laura Urbinati, growing to become a buyer and manager for Laura\u2019s West Hollywood boutique. During her 3 years at the store, Ilaria helped make the store a fashion icon\u2014it was the first store on the west coast to carry designers like Balenciaga, Comme des Gar\u00e7ons and Helmut Lang. From there she became the buyer and manager for Satine, where she helped transform that store into a Los Angeles hotspot by introducing brands like Stella McCartney and Roland Mouret, while throwing events that drew top celebrities and industry tastemakers. She continued on to buyer and manager of Milk, where she again traveled to fashion weeks in New York City and Paris to secure the up and coming trends for the boutique. In the fall of 2008, Ilaria opened her own store, Confederacy, where she served as COO, co-owner and buyer. The store was an instant success, catering to prominent celebrities and musicians in addition to the growing fashion scene in Los Feliz. Her increased demand from freelance and celebrity clientele skyrocketed, and she made the decision to close the store at the end of 2013.\r\n\r\nAlong with her retail experience, Ilaria has achieved great success in design collaborations. She teamed with Albert Hammond, Jr. of The Strokes to create a limited edition line of suits. The line was written up in every major men\u2019s magazine including\u00a0GQ,\u00a0Details\u00a0and\u00a0Esquire, in addition to being the most prominent line worn by Ryan Gosling\u2019s character in the feature film\u00a0Crazy Stupid Love. There was such a demand that the line sold out almost immediately, prompting Ilaria and Albert to collaborate on a second season, which also quickly sold out. Ilaria also co-designed Rebecca Minkoff\u2019s women\u2019s line for 2 seasons, as well as styled her runway presentations. She has also collaborated with Gucci and Ferragamo on custom designs for Bradley Cooper, Armie Hammer and Chris Evans.\r\n\r\nSince establishing herself as a force within the industry, top magazines and photographers began looking to Ilaria for their shoots and campaigns. Ilaria styled fashion stories for American magazines like\u00a0GQ,\u00a0W,\u00a0ELLE,\u00a0InStyle,\u00a0V Magazine,\u00a0Lucky\u00a0and\u00a0Details, as well as international publications like\u00a0M: Le magazine du Monde,\u00a0L\u2019Optimum,\u00a0i-D,\u00a0GQ Italia\u00a0and\u00a0InStyle UK. She has collaborated with photographers such as Ryan McGinley, Carter Smith, Norman Jean Roy, Mark Seliger and Guy Aroch, among others. The press also took note of her talents, writing profiles on her in\u00a0W,\u00a0ELLE,\u00a0TIME,\u00a0WWD,\u00a0Los Angeles Times Magazine,\u00a0The New York Times Magazine,\u00a0VMAN,\u00a0L\u2019Uomo Vogue,\u00a0E! Online\u00a0and\u00a0Good Morning America, to name a few.\r\n\r\nWith such outstanding fashion credentials, it\u2019s no surprise that Ilaria has exploded in the celebrity world. She was Head Costume Designer for the first season of\u00a0The L Word\u00a0and has custom designed tour wardrobe for music clients Plain White T\u2019s, Alanis Morissette and Lady Antebellum. Her consistent and ever-growing celebrity clientele includes Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans, Bruce Willis, Ryan Reynolds, Armie Hammer, James Marsden, Will Arnett, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, James Van Der Beek, Ty Burrell, Ian Somerhalder, Theo James, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, Ben Affleck, Shailene Woodley, Nina Dobrev, Leighton Meester, Juliette Lewis, Marisa Tomei, Lizzy Caplan, and Laura Dern.