The invitations for social events come thick and fast this time of year. From work parties, winter weddings and everything in between. Given the hectic nature of the festive season, we thought we’d help you plan ahead with some Men’s Winter Fashion Inspiration. Check out some practical tips and our take on winter trends to see you through the most wonderful season of all.
In winter, colours tend to be muted and subdued. A good rule of thumb is to stick to a monochrome palette and to break up the look with contrasting lighter colours. Navy, black and charcoal colours will work well, especially for outerwear. If you want to add a bit more colour to your wardrobe then try incorporating deep colours like burgundy, dark green and plum. Contrast these shades with white, grey, cream for a bit of visual interest that will give your outfit some structure.
Winter is the perfect chance to experiment with different materials and textures in your outfits. If done correctly it can look very stylish and also keep you warm. Layering gives you the ability to adjust your temperature by adding/ removing layers. Perfect for the weeks of transitioning weather and unreliable weather forecasts. The careful use of layers in your outfit can break up a plain outfit. So how can you master the art of layering?
Underlayers: This will manage moisture, which is essential when layering. Here is where you want your thermal undergarments, lightweight fabrics, T-shirts, etc. There is a surprising amount of variety with super thin and lightweight fabrics, to very heavy fabrics like thermal underwear so you can really tailor your underlayers to the climate. Below the waist, you’ll want synthetic underwear, and possibly a pair of thin socks/gloves for extremely cold climates.
Insulating layers: This is where you get to experiment with different ways of covering up your underlayers. Here you can use items of clothing of varying thickness, textures, and materials. You can repurpose clothing from your spring wardrobe like t-shirts and shirts.
Use different weighted/ sized clothing: The golden rule when layering is to ensure your layers are of different weight/ size as to avoid clashing or looking bulky; while layering can help conceal an imperfect fit, it can't always fix a bad one.
Use complementary colours, textures and patterns: Keep in mind that the patterns and textures you are layering should complement each other as not to create a look that clashes. Fashion can be subjective but we can all agree that bright mustard and neon green stripes are anything but complimentary.
Materials, Textures & Patterns
In terms of fabrics and materials, wool pieces like cashmere or merino sweaters are essential - they'll look good and keep you warm in winter. Try wearing the heavy textures as the outermost layer, and the least textured pieces like t-shirts as the base layer. Another good guideline to start with is to stick with one textured piece per outfit until you feel comfortable enough to contrast multiple textures. Ensure you have good contrast when it comes to textures - if they're too similar, your textures will end up clashing, just as patterns do.
Patterns should be treated the same way as colours and textures - they are a great way of adding visual interest to an otherwise plain outfit. Winter is the perfect time to experiment with patterns for those who aren’t confident enough to embrace bolder, more colourful patterns that we see in summer. Flannel and tartan patterns are perfect for autumn/ winter, as is the fair isle pattern, also known as the Christmas jumper.
Durable weather-proof footwear is our area of expertise so we know a thing or two about which shoes are the best for winter. For something fashionable that will withstand the rain, snow and anything else Mother Nature throws your way, go for a pair of well-built boots. Check out our blog on 9 ways to wear winter boots for men for the lowdown on fashionable yet functional winter boots.