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6 WINTER STYLE TIPS

29.01.17

Make the cold snap feel like a breeze with our 6 tips for mastering cold weather style this winter

LAYER NAVY LIBERALLY

Just as winter necessitates cold, dark days, you can be certain that men will take refuge in a uniform of dark colours when the cold weather arrives (read: black and navy). Unfortunately, if you don head-to-toe black there’s a pretty high chance you’ll be met with the inevitable ‘are you going to a funeral?’ line. Liberally swaddling up in navy however shouldn’t generate the same level of ridicule.

Navy is versatile, less severe than black and feels suitably restrained for those who don’t want to make too many waves with their wardrobe choices. When stocking up on navy during winter, you’ll get all those benefits with the added bonuses of keeping warm while looking like you’re a pro at layering (it’s practically impossible to get layering navy wrong).

MAKE YOURS A LARGE

There’s little to look forward to during winter, especially once Christmas has passed. Dry January is invariably wet and soggy and absent of anything vaguely enjoyable. To counter this bleak outlook throngs of stylish men are taking solace in their outerwear. Their mantra? The bigger the better.

Aside from increased coverage, being cocooned in an oversized coat is something of a psychological crutch when trudging along rain-soaked streets. As above, avoid coats that look too pointedly oversized and instead opt for an oversized take on a classic style such as a pea coat, camel coat or military-inspired design.

REACH FOR A ROLLNECK

Just when you thought rollneck saturation point had been reached, the northward-creeping knitwear design has once again made sure that naked necks are in short supply. It’s no surprise that the rollneck jumper hasn’t released its coddling grip just yet - it looks good and it’s perfectly practical, plus it’s pretty easy to wear.

Jeans, tailored trousers, chinos, leather jackets, camel coats – all ideal for pairing with a rollneck jumper. If you were one of the early adopters of the rollneck jumper, go for a chunky, interest weave to liven up this winter wardrobe stalwart.

DON’T OVERLOOK HERITAGE DESIGN

Remember those days not so long ago when quilted jackets seemed to outrank humans in sheer number? Well, it seems there’s been an appropriate distance between now and peak heritage mania to welcome back clothing which has delved into the archives for inspiration.

Think quilting, think houndstooth, think herringbone, think anything that wouldn’t look out of place on a country shoot and you’re in the right territory. There’s a caveat though. The key to getting this look right is channelling the essence of heritage design. So tread softly and opt for micro houndstooth, barely-there herringbone and almost invisible quilting. If it’s in-your-face heritage, then steer well clear.

GET UNDER THE HOOD

Fans of comfort and those disinclined to carry an umbrella will be pleased to discover that the humble hoodie has been taken out of retirement and is now an integral part of all manner of wintry outfits. But, how does one go about embracing this design without looking like an overgrown adolescent?

It should go without saying that logos are a no go, detail fabrics or high shine hardwear are your safest bet if you want to give the hoodie the grown up treatment. Thereafter, the smartest way to wear a hoodie is to dress it up. Tailored trousers, wool overcoats and luxe leather jackets all make excellent companions for the hoodie and will go a long way in making sure that you look stylish instead of sloppily dressed.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO DOUBLE UP

Double-breasted. Two words which generate an unnecessary level of sartorial apprehension. Why? Common wisdom states that unless you’re built like a rake, a double-breasted coat or blazer will make your waistline look like it’s doubled in size. Even among those who don’t worry about taking on a few extra pounds, there’s the lingering concern that anything double-breasted feels a little too close to the wardrobe of a banker for comfort.

It’s time to put both those unhelpful anxieties to rest. Modern double-breasted designs go to pains to kick back against those accusations. This means coats and blazers have been cut in such a way that shouldn’t add bulk to your waist and any fabric or design that remotely whiffs of Wall Street won’t get a look in. We recommend plumping for a double-breasted coat this winter, which will look equally as good dressed up or down.

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