Whether you like it or not, winter is just around the corner, and the cold weather is well and truly here, so it’s time to start digging out your winter coat and the boots that you haven’t worn since last February.
When you’re dressing to stay warm, it’s easy to look boring, which is the last thing that you want if you see yourself as a relatively stylish man all year round. However, it is possible to look stylish and stay warm. In fact, it’s relatively easy if you put some thought into your ensemble. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.
The easiest way to stay warm during the winter is to layer up, especially on your top half; This layering also means that, should you go inside and get a little too warm, you can easily take off a layer to cool down. Your three essential layers are your coat, a jumper or jacket, and a shirt of some description. If you want to mix things up a little, consider wearing a sweatshirt with a crisp white shirt and tie, and a knitted jumper with a plaid shirt or t-shirt. If you don’t have them already, you should get two types of coat, an overcoat for work and parties, and a puffa jacket for more casual outings. You might even want to invest in a snug-fitting leather jacket. If paired with the right layers, a leather jacket is sure to make you look, cool, stylish, and sexy.
Dark wash skinny jeans are absolutely essential for winter. Not only do they keep you warm and protect you from the elements, but they’re also incredibly versatile, and can be paired with any number of top half combinations. However, just because dark wash jeans are a great option for winter, it doesn’t mean that they’re the only option for winter. As long as your top half isn’t too brightly coloured, you could go all out with your bottom half, and mix up your colour choices. Khaki green, red, orange, and brown are all popular colour trends during winter months. If it’s a particularly cold day, there is no shame in throwing on a pair of long johns. After all, no one but you is going to know that they’re there, and you’re going to stay cosy all day long.
During winter you need your shoes to keep your feet warm, protect them from snow and rain, and keep a good grip on the ground even in icy conditions. Unfortunately, this means that your favourite pair of canvas trainers are out the window, but it does mean that you get to experiment with more extreme types of footwear, particularly thick-soled boots. Doc Marten’s are particularly great, as they’re long-lasting and come in a range of different colours and styles, so you will always find something to suit your style and situation. You could even wear your boots to the office, but if you feel like this is a bit too much for your work outfit, then brogues or loafers could also be a perfect option. Brown is a great colour choice for either shoe, but if you wanted to add a little flair to your outfit, then experiment with some burgundy ones.
There is no such thing as too much when it comes to winter accessories, so feel free to mix, match, and layer up as much as your heart desires. It may be a surprise to you, but, like how boho jewellery isn’t reserved strictly for desert islands, beanies aren’t strictly reserved for teenage boys writing love songs in coffee shops; You can wear one too, so find one that suits your style. It’s always sensible to stick to a block, neutral colour, like black or grey, when it comes to beanies, as you will have to match it with your coat and rest of your clothes, but get whatever you think works. If you really want to bring the outfit together (and stay warm, of course) then get a scarf and gloves in the same colour. While wool is cosy and relatively cheap, if you wanted a bit of luxury, then cashmere is the way to go.
It can be difficult to create outfits during winter, as you have to find a medium between warm and practical, and stylish and cool, but I hope that these tips will help you out. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour and do what others might not expect.