When the colder months start to roll in, it’s time to put the summer shorts, t-shirts and thongs away, and make space in the wardrobe for winter wear. Some of us may have winter coats in storage that we pull out every year, but some of us like to start from scratch and take advantage of the new season to reinvent our look.
Contrary to what may be assumed, dressing for winter is a lot easier than dressing for summer, and most men find winter clothes to be a lot more flattering. All it takes is the right pieces and the the right knowledge on how to layer them.
When practicality and style meet harmoniously, the sartorial result is unbeatable, so keep reading to find out exactly what essential pieces you need to battle the elements in style this winter.
A Winter Coat
When the temperature starts to drop, it’s time to shop around for the perfect winter coat. Not only should your winter coat be stylish, but it should shield you from the elements, so consider coat styles such as Parkers, layered Pea Coats, heavy Bomber Jackets or thick Trench Coats. You could also consider an oversized leather jacket to keep you warm – and dry – through the colder months.
Men’s fashion coats come in an array of styles, colours, shapes and sizes, so whether your go-to style is more casual or more corporate, there is a coat style to suit your wardrobe.
Perhaps the most exciting sartorial change your wardrobe will see in the colder months is knitwear. There are so many great knitwear styles for men to experiment with, from button-up cardigans to fisherman knitted jumpers, to chunky rollneck woollen knits.
The smartest way to buy knitwear is to keep the colour palette in muted and understated, or in-sync with your current wardrobe staples. For example, you may find paring a new bright red jumper hard with light blue jeans, and it certainly won’t be something you can wear every day. Instead, opt for navy blue, grey-toned or black knitwear that you can wear with anything and that will look sharp underneath your coat.
Practicality should be a priority when it comes to buying winter footwear. Canvas or suede shoes will not keep your feet warm or dry, so you will need to look into heavy duty tie up shoes or boots (depending on your personal style and the climate).
The styles of winter footwear you should consider include brogue boots, leather desert boots, Chelsea boots, leather sneakers, sneaker boots and lace-up leather boots.
The Right Accessories
The key to sharp winter dressing is layering with the right accessories. A scarf, hat or pair of gloves can add a lot to an outfit, but importantly keep you protected from the elements.
A woolly beanie is a great option in the winter, but make sure the fabric is not cheap or thin or sagging. As a sartorial rule, a beanie should fit tightly to your head, and in terms of practicality, a tight-fitting hat will keep you warmer.
Leather gloves are a great addition to your winter wardrobe and they look incredibly chic when paired with more formal or corporate clothing. Consider buying a pair of brown or black leather gloves to pair with a Peat Coat or Trench Coat, and complete the look with a grey, navy, black, burgundy, green or beige scarf.
You may also consider investing in a sturdy bag to carry around your possessions and electricals in the wind and rain. Leather tote bags are a great option for workwear when paired with a suit. Or, a heavy duty backpack with many compartments will look best with a more casual ensemble.
With the perfect coat, a selection of knits, a pair of warm water-resistant shoes, and the right accessories, you will be able to battle the chilly temperatures, biting winds and rainfall with ease and style. So, layer up, grab your coat, get cosy and enjoy the sartorial season.
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