Men, What Are You Wearing This Winter?
Published 14 October 2010
Call me crazy but autumn and winter give you more of an opportunity to get creative with your wardrobe. Summer demands you wear less while winter affords you the chance to wear more, because you have to keep warm, which gives you the opportunity to mix and match more pieces. Surely this is reason enough to look forward to cold, wet days when it starts to turn dark at 4 o’clock?
Not convinced? Perhaps some of my top picks for this winter will change your mind.
Be it socks, jumpers or jackets, injecting some colour into a winter wardrobe is always a good thing. All summer men have been rolling up their trousers to just above their ankles:
Just because the weather is getting frosty this does not mean that you cannot still expose those ankles. Keeping them covered with some funky socks is a good way to inject some colour into a look.
And for this purpose I highly recommend Happy Socks and Ashi Dashi, as they do some of the most vibrant and funky looking socks around. In addition, Happy Socks have also introduced an ethical range.
Ashi Dashi Socks – £15
Happy Socks – £6
However if your ankles are shy and prefer to be covered up during these cold wet months then the tube leg trouser tucked into military style boots is a practical option:
Trousers London, 5a Grey (£189)
Coats and jackets are mandatory in winter especially if there is snow! This season’s catwalks have been awash with outerwear. Be it the comeback of the classic aviator jacket, the festival trench coat or the nineties bomber jacket. If you have found yourself drawn to the military and aviator inspired coats and jackets then you need look no further than such high street gems as Topman and River Island. However if you wish to achieve the look with some ethical credentials in your back pocket (and you have a big wallet in there too) then you need to check out Christopher Raeburn’s eponymous label, with the tag line “Remade in England” that recycles military fabrics.
Christopher Raeburn – Swedish Wool Bomber – £850
A few knitted items are essential. Lou Dalton’s burnt orange jumper is a personal favourite of mine because it proves that the addition of colour into a wintery look does not have to be garish and flamboyant; it can be subtle and understated. And most importantly still look great.
Lou Dalton – Orange Jumper (price available on request)
If you prefer your knits to straddle that happy medium between something your gran could have knitted and ultra chic knitted animals then patterned knits are a good way to indulge your god given right to knitted apparel:
Burton – Eagle Shawl Cardigan – £46
When it comes to suits, I am in absolute awe of the return to prominence of the breast pocket suit and blazer. I love the way the single button breast pocket blazer can be adapted for more casual occasions and the fact that it offers an alternative to the more prominent single button suit jacket for a smart casual look. It also gives one the opportunity to add a bit of flare to a look by getting creative with a pocket handkerchief.
House of Fraser, Criminal Blue and white fine stripe long sleeve shirt – £45
Ralph Lauren, Navy & green tartan tie – £70
Horwick, Brown Tweed Jacket – £99
Tween, Navy Trousers – £115
Vivienne Westwood – +5* Hankerchief – £10
This winter Harris Tweed, traditionally the material of choice for Scottish quilts and occasionally used for suits, will be found adorning more than just clothes. Amongst the accessories making use of the hardy nature of Harris Tweed is bags. Ally Capellino have created this leather trim, Harris Tweed drawstring rucksack. Thus refining a school boy street look and ageing it for a sophisticated adult audience.
Ally Capellino, Alisdair Harris Tweed Rucksack -£476.00
Moving on to accessories, the following are this autumn/winter’s must have accessories
A Mad Men inspired hat:
French Connection, Feather Trilby – £30
A quirky bow tie with an air of English eccentricity:
Marc by Marc Jacobs, Bow Tie – £17
Something aviator inspired I’m torn between the spitfire cufflinks and the ear warming aviator hat. Decisions, decisions!
House of Fraser, Crystal Spitfire Cufflinks – £50
Marks & Spencer, Quilted Trapper – £19.50
So it seems that wardrobes need to be sorted through and difficult decisions made. In short what are you wearing this winter? Let us know by leaving a comment below!