Winter is a tricky period where style and warmth seldom come together. But to help you out, we asked our favourite menswear experts for their ultimate winter tip.
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Be smart this winter
With expert views from Northern Ireland, to Norway and as far away as Nigeria, we’ve collected a world of knowledge for you to peruse.
So if the task of staying stylish this winter leaves you shivering, then put the kettle on, make a cup of tea, sit back and read these menswear tips.
Layers, layers and more layers. Play with colours and fabrics and create something unique
Billy Webb – Modern Man Blog
Layer up fine gauge knits, thermal tees, a jacket under an overcoat. The weather is such an unpredictable thing. So ensure you can peel layers off & still keep your cool but at the same time ensure your toasty warm!”
Ant – Clothes Make the Man
For me the upcoming season is all about keeping warm and dry, and the best way to cope with the changing weather is layers. Layers to keep wind out and layers to keep me warm. The advantage is the flexibility to cope with changing temperatures and conditions.
Nicholas Johannessen – Well Dressed Dad
With snow, rain and piles of fallen leaves to contend with, your shoes can take a battering. Learn how to keep things stylish on the footwear front this winter.
The one rule I live by is starting from the ground and working up. Plenty of perfectly good dress is often ruined by poor shoe choice. Buy welted shoes and you can’t go wrong.
Sean – S.T.Y.L.E
Although I’m away from the coming cold, I’ll give you the same advice I gave myself when the winter winds made their presence known. Get a pair of Commando Brogue Boots – they’re your feet’s life saver. They’re stylish and come in handy when trudging through the snow. I saved up for them, so can you.
Robin Oozor – Mister Spruce
Darkness descends early in winter, but that needn’t mean you have to dress in dull colours.
Emerald green made a prominent appearance in ready-to-wear and accessory collections on runways from London to Paris. But keep it natural and simple to avoid looking like a traffic light. It’s versatility and practical nature will easily fit into your current wardrobe.
Ged The Ged Lab
Go orange! No I don’t mean you should head to the nearest spray tan booth, I am talking about wearing orange. When picking out a winter wardrobe, most of us play it safe with black and navy. This winter I am all about the colour orange. Depending on how brave you are feeling you can either go for a block colour like a knitted jumper or play it a little more subtly with an orange pocket square or tie. The choice is yours.
John Robertson – The Everyday Man
Layer up, and add a splash of colour to brighten up those dull winter days.
Craig – A Casual Man
Snow may look nice, rain may be essential for crops and wind may be used for power but we’re yet to find a useful reason the cold. So here is how to combat those chilly days.
My one tip for winter menswear is to invest in a top quality blue flannel blazer cut in British worsted flannel. It makes for a very versatile winter investment piece, and in an elegant cut can go anywhere and do anything. Furthermore, the soft texture and handle of flannel feels very luxurious and comforting and because flannels are heavily milled, they have an attractive glossy finish, and are great for insulating the wearer against the cold winter wind!
Aleksander Cvetkovic – The Student Tailor
Invest in a good lambswool scarf. Never leave home without it. Not only for the practicality of keeping you warm, but so often we are concerned with covering up during the winter months, we hide away our style and personality. A pop of colour or a bold patterned scarf will break up an overcoat or suit and add some warmth and life. Look after your lambswool scarf as you would a sweater and it will last season after season.
Ian Megrath – Rogues and Brogues
For an elegant and timeless look for the season, invest in a double breasted blazer. Worn the right way, it can be incredibly flattering and fashion forward. Worn with smart denim and with a T shirt as opposed to a shirt, makes it a versatile and rakish addition to your winter wardrobe.
Tajinder Hayer – The Rakish Gent
And a little bit more from Well Dressed Dad …
It’s all about wool now. Thick wool, thin wool, mono and multicolour. Finely knit and coarsely knit.
It’s often hard to stay warm, dry and stylish but with these next few tips, you can look smart and stay cosy.
My tip for winter is ‘invest’. Invest in great quality, be it shoes, overcoat knitwear or trousers. Invest in good dry cleaning. Don’t leave a winter stain until spring. Invest in your shoes and keep them waxed and polished. Also dressing for comfort in cold weather should always be smart. Don’t wear ski-wear in the city.
Derek – The Style Derektory
You don’t need polar expedition coats when going to the office in winter. Invest in a quality wool coat.
Tip number 70 of 101 – The Mitchelli
We’re always big fans of tweed, but this winter we’ll be wearing our tweed trousers out and about. Wearing tweed in formal settings is always a winner but we also admire the contrast of dressing them down with casual shoes or trainers.
Martin and co – Keep Fronting
So with these top tips you should be able to stay warm, stylish and not be afraid of snow. If you have any more tips you want to share with us, then send us a tweet or leave a comment.