Gone are the days when a man would simply put on a turtleneck, winter coat, and some boots, regardless of how the overall outfit makes him look. Today’s man is mindful of his style, from the winter coat he throws on to the boots he chooses.
The winter months generally call for dark colors to benefit the biting cold, but this doesn’t mean that they have to look drab. The following tips will help answer the question, “How can men stay warm but elegant in winter?”
Whatever you choose, it has to be comfortable and warm. You don’t want to walk the streets shivering like a rabbit facing its predator with nowhere left to run.
Before diving into the basics, you need to know that layering is important. While at it, pay special attention to the fabric. The first fabric (T-shirt, undershirt, or shirt) that touches your skin should provide plenty of warmth so you don’t end up over-layering and looking too bulky.
Don’t just cobble things together, pay special attention to your inner, middle, and outer layers to ensure they bring the complete outfit together. Whether it is the patterns chosen, the color, or the fabric, the end look should be trendy. This way, if you have to remove a few layers throughout the day, you don’t have to worry about your general look being compromised. As you layer your outfits, ensure that they are a snug but comfortable fit so the result is not bulky. Don’t go cutting off your circulation in a bid to look elegant.
Layering, Layering and Layering
The basic winter items you will need to layer from the inside out are blank t-shirts or undershirts, a dress shirt, sweater, vest, cardigan, a suit jacket, and a winter coat. Depending on how formal or informal you want to dress, you can add or remove some layers. Casual layering is really up to your imagination. You can layer a shirt, denim, jacket, sweater, or blazer depending on the look you are going for. You can throw in bright or dull colors. You can even go for a thick cardigan with a light wool sweater.
Overall, for that elegant look, invest in the timeless pea coat, a leather jacket, black jeans, a wool overcoat, denim jacket and jeans, varsity jackets, wool blazer, wool suit, trench coat, leather gloves, and scarves. Don’t forget some thermal underwear and quality footwear. This way, you can dress up or down depending on the occasion.
Let’s Talk Fabric
When searching for winter clothes for men, you need to pay special attention to the fabric. Different fabric is suited for different layering in winter. For example, cotton is perfect for base or middle layers as it is absorbent and will allow the clothes to breathe hence reducing sweat.
For that casual look, denim is great for middle or top layers. It can be a denim jacket or jeans. If you want that edgy look, then you can throw in some leather for the top layer. And, last but not least, if the winter is exceptionally cold, then you should consider some wool fabric for the middle or top layers for added warmth.
And The Finished Look?
Now that you are done choosing the right fabrics and outfits to layer the base, middle and top, you need to consider some winter accessories. Look for a stylish winter hat to keep your head, especially the ears warm. Scarves can add a cool vibe to your outfit, you just have to pay special attention to the color and patterns. They are perfect for adding some color to otherwise drab winter clothes.
Don’t forget some stylish gloves and cool winter boots to complete the look. Leather gloves with lining are a good addition. As for the boots, look out for waterproof boots, with good interior lining and good traction on the soles.