There’s no better time than the start of winter to “reevaluate” your wardrobe. Many men are guilty of wearing the same clothes year-round, paying little-to-no attention to the climate. Even if you live in an area with mild winters, your outfit should still reflect the current season. So today we’re going to reveal 5 essential fashion tips that every man should consider this winter.
Dress in Layers
The golden rule of winter-weather men’s fashion is to dress in layers. Whether you are working, going out for lunch/dinner, or just running errands around town, dressing in layers will keep you comfortable and stylish. For instance, this may include a base button-up shirt, a sweater, and a sports coat. As the day progresses and the temperatures begin to warm, you can strip off the jacket and sweater.
Avoid Brown and Black
Why shouldn’t you wear brown and black? There’s nothing wrong with wearing these colors separately, but they should never be worn together. Brown and black are two colors that clash with one another, creating a messy, unflattering appearance that does your outfit no justice. If you’re going to wear brown shoes, avoid wearing a black jacket – and vice-versa. Following this otherwise simple rule will place you miles ahead of other men.
Invest in a Good Jacket
Your jacket will be the most visible element of your outfit, so it’s important to invest in a stylish, high-quality jacket for the winter. If you’ve been wearing the same jacket for years, it’s probably time to invest in a new one. GQ Magazine has a helpful list of stylish men’s coats and jackets, some of which include shearling bombers, hooded coats, quilted jackets, and wool blazers. Check it out.
Well, let me rephrase that “footwear” matters, especially during the winter. A classic choice that can be dressed up or down is the oxford shoe. Also known as Balmorals, they are sleek, sophisticated, and easy to match with a variety of styles. The saddle shoe offers a more casual approach to the oxford, as it features a layer of leather over the instep. Of course, dress boots and chukkas are another option. If you’re planning on doing a lot of walking outside, boots such as these may offer greater comfort.
Accessorize With a Scarf
Scarves make the perfect winter-appropriate accessory, as they offer both aesthetic and functional benefits. A good scarf will keep your neck warm while adding new color to your outfit. However, the secret to successfully wearing a scarf lies in how you tie it – something that some men overlook. The Parisian knot is the most popular method. To tie a Parisian knot, fold the scarf lengthwise and wrap it around your neck. Next, place the loose ends through the front loop and pull until it’s semi-tight.
If you keep these tips in mind, you will not have to fret going outside this winter. The way you dress to brave the cold weather can make the difference between enjoying the season or being stuck in bed ill. Look sharp while keeping warm.
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