We all want to look as stylish as we can all the time. Not so easy though, is it friends? This trend comes to pass every winter when we’re faced with the prospect of either dressing warm, or dressing well. It seems as though these two ideas are mutually exclusive, an age-old problem to be sure. It’s always struck me as odd that when walking down the street you see people you would deem stylish in other conditions completely abandon any notions of good taste. I’m here to tell you today, however, that these ideas are not mutually exclusive and we can dress well and warmly, it just takes a little thought.
To me, winter is largely about accentuating a few staples. Unlike summer where you generally are able to wear whatever you want whenever you want, winter necessitates foresight and planning. The best way to get around this is to have items that you can go to at any time and any temperature that allow you to look good and stay warm (we’ll avoid the obvious like boots and winter jackets because I assume everyone has those). We’ll also discuss ways to stay warm that allow you to utilize what’s already in your closet.
As always, we like to find ways to save you a few bucks where we can and short of that, find you pieces you won’t regret buying. Fall and winter are great seasons to pick up items that you can have for years because they require items that are hard-wearing and reliable. With all of that in mind here’s out advice on how to stay warm in style this season:
As I said, we’ll avoid boots and winter jackets here because I assume those are things all people (at least those of us in chillier northern climates) already own. I want to talk about a few pieces that you may not already own that I consider to be cold weather staples:
This sweater is neutral is colour and heavy enough to keep you warm. If you’re looking for something luxe and different, perhaps a little more workman like, try this number from Wings+Horns.
These will look great at the office and will make the walk in tolerable.
They fit comfortably and work reliably every season. If you prefer a Henley, that works just as well
Layering can be an art form in winter, as it takes a deft touch to know how many layers you need to wear to be comfortable: too many and you’re hot and look like a fool; too few and you have defeated the purpose of layering because you’re probably still cold. If it’s a mild day, you don’t need to slap on three layers underneath your winter coat. If it’s a very chilly day, throwing on that third layer isn’t going to hurt. Sweaters are always a good choice when layering, as is a shirt underneath your favourite flannel or long-sleeve collard shirt. Something to avoid is wearing a long-sleeve shirt under something with short-sleeves. Although a favourite of the college frat-bro, it’s not something we would ever recommend. We like sweaters, heavier overshirts, thermals, anything of that sort.
Fall and winter are also great times to accessorize your outerwear. When given the opportunity to wear hats, gloves, and scarves, it’s the rare chance you get in the cooler seasons to display your personal style. In recent years, I’ve been very fond of the toques, hats, and gloves being made by Norse Projects.
This beanie is a fine winter option and comes in a number of colours so you can find one that works best for you. Their gloves look great as well
Scarves are a personal item, so do your best to find something that suits your personality. Bright colours and patterns work really well in breaking up what are often monotonous winter looks. I have come to enjoy the tube scarf and find it to be quite practical, like this one here from French label APC:
I find them to be most useful because they get down under the collar of your jacket and can be pulled up to cover your whole face and ears. It really comes in handy when it’s a windy day.
Staying warm in style doesn’t have to be that hard, it just takes remembering a few important details:
Sounds pretty simple, right? That’s what I thought. Winter is the best time to spend a little extra to get quality pieces. Summer fashions tend to come and go, and you can often find deals on things; winter, not so much. Everyone needs to make an upgrade every now and then, just be sure you’re spending your money on the right pieces. Your friends and family will thank you for finally retiring that Sun Ice number you’ve been sporting since the Lillehammer games.