Winter is literally one of the coolest months for mens winter style dressing.
But it’s really the Europeans and Americans who face the frostiness of the winter cold. It’s why these northern gents are masters of layering against the chill; have on-hand (and neck) the key winter accessories each and every season, and most importantly – understand how natural fibres keep things warm.
As the temperature drops ‘down under’, we’ve crafted five key mens winter style looks for the stylish gent that require little thought and effort. Yes, even a fool could do it.
Mens Winter Style Tip #1 Cable Knit & Denim
Also known as an Aran sweater, the cable knit was originally used to represent a fisherman’s ropes, and wearing one would act as a lucky charm for a fruitful day at sea. Today, they are far more of a fashion statement. And the more extreme the density of the cables, the better. Look to heavyweight braided knits, drop-needle stitches (think piece-y and pulled apart) and even a mixture of the textures to jazz up this winter basic.
Wear the cable knit slightly bigger than a traditional sweater and opt for colour-blocked or marled yarns, over a pair of jeans. The organicness of the knit against the rawness of the denim will complement nicely for a great casual look; opting for a raw, dark wash to dress it up. Keep the denim tapered, in a slim fit and smooth finish, and let the ruggedness of the cable knit pop over the easiness of the blue jean.
#2 Cropped Jacket & Jogger Pants
Activewear is hot this winter. So, jogger pants in a tailored silhouette are a key casual bottoms option for the gym-to-street man. Play around with texture, looking to neoprene (think wetsuit) and jersey fabrics, as well as wool-blends and felts for extra warmth.
For a more technical look, tonal mesh construction and quilted surfaces are also big this winter. Above all keep the shape sporty, which means cuffed ankles and exposed zips, and let little details like drawstrings, deep-sit pockets and elastic waistbands add to the comfort.
The cropped jacket looks like a Harrington, bomber or varsity jacket – all with a zip-through closure and symmetrical face. Play around with contrast sleeves and elastic waist and cuffs to continue the sports theme; ensuring the fit of the jacket remains snug, worn easily of a plain tee and retro sneakers.
#3 Heritage Blazer & Denim
A heritage blazer and denim combination offers a textural, dapper pairing for winter. The heavyweight nature of heritage fabric (think tweed) means the blazer will sit on the body well and hold its shape and the woven yarns create an assortment of speckled points-of-interest. Don’t like tweed? Switch to cashmere or flannel for an equally rustic and warm jacket.
Keep the denim slim for a more casually, tailored look, and adjust the wash – keeping the more worn-in types for the day and dark denim for the nights. Raw denim is perfect with this winter mens style look – ensuring you do the instant style-fix of rolling the cuffs to expose the underside of the selvedge jean. Pair with suede boots and sweater over a white button-up shirt for a parred-down look or go a turtleneck and leather lace-ups for a super suave aesthetic.
#4 Denim Jacket & Wool Trousers
Denim jeans have been a casual staple for decades. But this season the cotton-weaved, indigo-dyed cloth gets a reworking, appearing dominantly as a denim jacket to be worn over wool trousers. While double denim is a huge trend for 2015, the working of denim-on-denim can be a touch overwhelming and definitely not foolproof for some.
Chino-inspired wool trousers ride well under raw denim jackets. Keep the trouser tapered and layer the jacket over a plain sweater for the day or a geo-print button-down shirt and waistcoat for a smart casual weekend look. Lighter denim is a little more retro winter look, and to pull it off reverse the hue with more colourful chino bottoms in navy, khaki or violet. Chuck on a silk scarf in a paisley print, and you’ll be winter ready.
#5 Black Leather & Plain Tee
Leather is known for its insulating properties and its ability to wear-in well – perfect for winter. As a jacket, sticking to leather that is black adds some sleekness to your wardrobe, and is an an easy feat to do so. The trick to leather is not dressing too thematic; that is, trying to recreate a James Dean look from America in Fifties or an Eighties power punk look with huge shoulder pads and stovepipe jeans.
Instead keep the biker jacket in a slim, cropped fit with minimal metallic hardware, straps and pockets. Next, the tee needs to be plain, in white or black. Opt for crew neck if you’re going for a shorter t-shirt look or a scoop for a touch of longline. Black or mid-blue jeans with chelsea boots look great for winter.
The key to making the aforementioned mens winter style looks work is in the details. Take one of the five outfits and then add your personal touch. Layer with sweaters, shirts and overcoats in contrasting fabrics and experiment with denim washes when wearing jeans.
All the looks are rather neutral so opt for colourful, patterned, and textural scarves in silk, cashmere or wool. It’s important to feel good – and warm.