Three Ways to Look and Do Better

This week's style picks. By Matthew Izzo

It’s December already and the holidays have officially begun. The lights are being strung up around town which means it’s time for you to shine this season.

One way to dump your Scrooge ways and get into the seasonal spirit is in Collingwood, N.J., where you can get your hair done by gay celebrity stylist Kevin Gatto (he’s a G Philly contributor who knows everything about the latest looks).

While you’re getting your locks styled in swank Verde salon, also try a Signature Facial. Designed to rejuvenate the skin, this facial stimulates collagen and reduces the signs of aging that can come from too many late nights at Voyeur. You’ll love the deep cleansing and exfoliation. Kevin even custom-blends a facial mask to replenish moisture and defend against sun damage, and shares a few secrets about how to keep your skin looking healthy at home.

With a new face forward – not to mention a new do to flaunt – dress things up with a new men’s suit. Guys, a well-fitting suit gushes glamour. My advice is to never skimp (consider how much you paid for that favorite pair of jeans). If you own only one or two suits in your wardrobe, make them last while showing off your best investment: you.

Courtesy of Boyd's Philadelphia

Boyd’s is one of the premiere places in Philadelphia to buy a new suit. Not only does the staff offer expert advice about fitting, but they also provide tailoring that makes your clothes look custom.

My advice: Go grey with a Brioni two-button vent suit with a white French-cuff shirt and Italo Feretti black mini-polka-dot tie. Complete the classic look with a crisp Barbara Blank black-and-grey silk pocket square.

And for the lesbians, why not add a touch of class to your wardrobe, too. The women’s department at Boyd’s sports plenty of classic looks for ladies, whether you’re butch or femme. One word seems to be universal when it comes to women’s suits: Armani.

Now that you’re looking good, you need somewhere to go. There’s no better way to show off your sexy charitable side than at the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund’s annual TOY holiday fundraiser. D.J. Carl Michaels spins at the Marketplace Design Center (Dec. 4 from 7 to 11 p.m.) as guests enjoy mingling, food, drinks and plenty of fun for a great cause.

Along with your cute self, please bring unwrapped toys (for ages 2 to 17) to the event, as they’re distributed to young patients in the pediatric HIV/AIDS wing of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance. No matter how good you look and feel, it’s sexiest of all to be charitable this season.

Matthew Izzo is the owner of Matthew Izzo, a fashion and furniture boutique in Old City.