As the seasons change it’s important that you start wearing warmer clothes to keep out the chill. Staying stylish and cosy can be tough, but with the right wardrobe staples and accessories you can create looks that will really stand out from the crowd. For men it can be a hard to find clothes that are practical, hardwearing and still look great, but brands are beginning to come around to needs of fashion-conscious men, so with a little perseverance you can easily put together the perfect winter wardrobe.
Check out our ideas on how you can look good and stay wrapped up warm this winter.
WHEN SHOPPING, THINK ABOUT HOW EACH PIECE WILL FIT INTO AN OUTFIT
The key to styling your winter wear is to try to combine statement pieces with classics, such as a classic black shirt from Hugo Boss, which will quickly become a wardrobe staple. Timeless classics will make you look smart and neat, so make sure that they form the bulk of your wardrobe. When you’re shopping for new clothes it can be easy to have your head turned by lots of brightly coloured pieces, but these are often hard to style and will only go with certain specific outfits. Have lots of flexible, classic clothes in your wardrobe so that you can create unique looks every day. Remember that your clothes will be worn both in smart situations, such as company board meetings, and more casual events like nights out at the pub, so buy classic clothing you can style to suit your needs and mood.
THINK ABOUT THE FIT YOU WANT
Whenever you choose a new item of clothing, think about how you want it to fit your body. In summer you might be wearing baggy t-shirts to stay cool, but in winter you will want your t-shirts to fit closer to your body so that they keep you warm and hide well underneath multiple layers. To avoid buying the wrong fit make sure that you try on every item of clothing before you buy it, or, if you’re shopping online, check the company’s return policy so that you know you can send back anything that isn’t right. When trying on clothes, consider how you will be wearing them and try to work out if they fit properly in all areas so that you can buy the perfect garment.
SET OFF YOUR OUTFIT WITH BOLD ACCESSORIES
Just because your look is timeless and classic, doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Offset your look and really stand out with a statement accessory. This can be something small and discreet, like a signet ring, or larger and more obvious, like an eye-catching Christian Louboutin bag. Whatever you choose, make sure that you team it with a classic style so that it really stands out and makes an impact.
PATTERNS AND MOTIFS NEED TO BE WINTER THEMED
If you’re a fan of patterns then you can still rock them even in winter, just make sure that they suit the season. You’ll look out of place in a Hawaiian shirt standing in the snow, but a casual checked shirt will look great and keep you warm. For smarter occasions consider a classic striped shirt so that you can showcase your creativity and flair whilst still looking presentable and neat.
INVEST IN A QUALITY COAT
In the cold weather a coat will be worn daily, so make sure that you invest in a quality item that will last you for years and can be styled with any outfit or for any occasion. When shopping for a coat, think about where you are going to wear it and how cold you’re going to be. You might consider buying a rugged, outdoor coat from a brand like Canada Goose, or you might want something trendier from Dior. The key considerations should be comfort, warmth, fit and style. Pockets, hoods and other aspects need to be thought about too, so that you come away with the perfect coat to see you through many winters.
FINISH YOUR LOOK WITH THE RIGHT FOOTWEAR
Shoes can make or break an outfit, so make sure you find the perfect pair that will show your unique style and keep your feet warm as you trudge through the winter weather. Try to find a stylish pair of shoes that are timelessly classic, such as this selection of gorgeous Givenchy trainers from SSENSE, so that you can wear them time and again and still look stylish.
There’s so much choice out there that it can be overwhelming, but by following these tips you will be able to craft the perfect warm wardrobe to see you through to spring. Remember that comfort is crucial, and if in doubt go with your initial gut feeling: you were probably right the first time.