With snowflakes falling and temperatures down, winter is that time of the year where your outfit choice must be warm to prevent you from freezing. You will always be faced with tough decisions to make when seeking to maintain your fashion and style without having to freeze.
Keeping a particular dress code is part of a healthy lifestyle, but never should you sacrifice comfort and warmth for style. To avoid sacrificing your style, you need to adapt your outfits for the cold weather. Ensuring you are confident, comfortable and warm at the same time.
Here are some of the top men winter fashion trends, styles and dressing tips you should know.
Layering is the act of wearing a clothing item on top of another. I’m not the biggest winter fan, but one thing I love about winter is you get to have more options of mixing and matching clothes.
The key is to look sharp while staying warm. Wearing clothes on top of each other during summer gets your body over-heated, but in winter, you can put on four layers of clothes giving you room to be creative with your look.
When layering, you should always ensure that:
- Make sure the thinnest clothes are worn in the inside with thickest outside in that order.
- Never wear many layers that may inhibit your movement.
- The clothes within the layers needs to coordinate or match, don’t just randomly picked clothes.
- The rest of the layers needs to match even with the removal of one or two outer layers. A scenario likely to be experienced when temperature levels rise during the day, and you need to get rid of a jacket.
Fabrics for Winter Outfits
Before diving into the various clothing categories, you need to be aware of the actual composition of the apparels.
The fundamental knowledge and the materials used and their applications are essential in helping you choose the right outfit that will ensure you are comfortable, warm and stylish.
In the clothing industry, cotton is the majorly used material. It’s relatively soft, inexpensive, retains color, light to clean and durable. On the downside, it stretches or shrinks and wrinkles easily.
Cotton being very absorbent, it allows the clothes to breathe reducing sweat. Conversely, it brings about body odor retention and takes time to dry.
Cotton is ideal for the base, and middle layers and a cardigan as a top layer for casual looks.
Mostly used for top and middle layers, denim in the form of shirt or jacket is always a good choice. Also used for leg-wear, jeans are a favorite choice for a casual look during winter.
Solely focusing on animal leather, there different kinds of leather with varying softness, color, durability, and heat insulation.
They are however generally strong and possess good heat insulation properties. Ideally used for top layers, leather jackets or overcoats are a solid choice and will protect you from the wind. A leather vest also makes a real middle layer option.
Wool comes from sheep, rabbits, goats, and alpacas with sheep wool being the most common. Fleece are warm, odor and stain resistant. They also insulate when wet. This makes them a good choice to be used for top and middle layers.
Men’s Winter Fashion Jackets
Dressing in the right winter coat contributes a lot to your final look. You will always want it to portray the right impression. You may need a casual jacket to compliment your formal wear. Here are some of my personal favorites:
- The Pea Coat
Its roots tracing back to military use, this jacket has been restyled into a modern fashion staple. Majorly made out of wool, warmth and durability is a guarantee. The pea coat comes in a great look that emphasizes the male body structure with its slimmed waist and broad shoulders. It’s also double-breasted offering protection from the wind.
- The Overcoat
The overcoat is ideal for business-casual and business wear. It keeps you warm and gives you a professional look hence a must have if you are looking to appear respectable when stepping into your office.
- Trench Coats
Trench coats are versatile and come in handy especially when the rain comes pouring down. You look sharp when you wear a trench coat over official or casual clothes. Coming in many styles, it offers a large pool of options to choose from.
- The Parka/Anorak
Traditionally worn by Eskimos, anorak coats are casual coats that range from heavy fur-lined to lighter fishtailed hoods that protect you from falling snow or rain and cold winds. Parkas are found in almost all men’s winter fashion branches and are common in street-wear. Parkas are very warm making them an excellent choice especially if you live in colder climates.
- The Duffle Coat
Duffle coats are stylish casual coats that are made from wool and can easily be identified by their toggles made of wood instead of buttons. They often come with a hood a hood to protect your head and are warm since they made from wool.
Despite them not being your sole winter coat option, I highly recommend them.
- Technical Jacket
Boasting a wind resistant outer shell and a Durable Water Resistant (DWR), the technical jacket is perhaps the most technologically advanced coat proving to be useful and reliable when you are shielding yourself from wind or rain.
- Bomber/Flight Jacket
First introduced 100 years ago, bomber jackets were individually manufactured for pilots serving in World War 1. Although the traditional leather jackets are still available, the original model has evolved into modern bomber jackets made from nylon or polyester.
You can always pull off a stylish look by layering it on top of a hoodie or T-shirt.
Shirts and Sweaters
Mainly made from cotton or wool, sweaters are warm and cozy and make a prominent contributor to your winter outfit. Sweaters come with a roll or turtleneck, shawl neck, V-neck, quarter zip or crew neck.
- Button-down Shirt
Button-down shirts are a broad category of shirts with various fits and detailing depending on their manufacturer. The most significant difference between different button-down shirts is the weight and fabric used. A popular and regular style is layering of a sweater over an Oxford Cloth Button Down Shirt.
Henleys make an excellent fit when picking the right layering outfit when temperatures are down. They are made from wool, cotton or sometimes a combination of the two. You should always go for neutral colors like navy, tan, white or grey.
Flannel shirts are a must-have in any man’s winter fashion wardrobe. They effortlessly pair with most outfits and come in a wide range of patterns and colors.
Hoodies are a popular choice of outwear especially during winter where you can’t just wear a sweatshirt. Pairing a hoodie with a jacket or over a shirt is a fashionable look.
The cold season provides the opportunity to try out different pant styles and fabrics. Here are the favorite men’s winter fashion pants fabrics and textures:
Introduced more than a century ago, denim takes the position as the cornerstone of every man’s trouser collection. Modern-day jeans come in an assortment of colors, cuts, and fabrics. Jeans that come in darker shades integrate well with various winter outfits and are a common choice.
- Wool Pants
Wool pants are incredibly warm and are a smart choice when temperatures are relatively low. Additionally, wool pants compliment perfectly with boots, dress shoes, chukkas, and some sneakers.
Similar to jeans, chinos are incredibly versatile and come in different styles, colors, and cuts. This gives you more options to choose from. Mainly made of medium weight cotton, they also come in warm and thick fabrics that include moleskin and duck canvas.
Men’s Winter Boots
During winter, when the ground below your feet is frozen, regular shoes won’t be of much when trying to keep your body upright or protecting your feet from the cold. However, this does not mean that you need to slip into and stomp around in out-dated clunky boots. These days, there are lots of men’s winter fashion shoes to choose from.
Even so, you should consider the various shoe aspects that make them a favorable winter shoe option. You should look into:
• lining the inside of your boot with wool will protect your feet from freezing
• Waterproof shoes will prevent the melted snow from seeping into your shoes
• Soles with traction will prevent you from slipping on the snow
Here are some of the trendy winter shoes and boots:
- Brogue Boots
Brogue boots are similar to regular brogues in appearance only that they have few extra inches of sole added on the ankles to help in keeping your feet dry. With your pants covering the raised part of the boots, you still manage to maintain the professional look.
They often come with insulation and Vibram soles to prevent you from slipping. They are also an exceptional pick with casual wear.
- Leather Desert Boots
These boots are comfortable, stylish and have a great look. Their sole also has the traction that will prevent you from tripping.
- Leather Hiking Boots
Hiking boots are an excellent winter shoe choice, and even if you don’t plan on going on any hiking trip, they are good looking and will prevent your feet from getting wet on the sidewalks. They are ideal for a rugged casual look.
- Chelsea Boots
Having elastic ankle sides and a heel pull, chelsea boots are easy to slip into and best worn with a suit or a casual leather jacket or denim pants.
Defined by minimal details and lack of laces, chelsea boots provide a satisfying sleek look.
- Duck Boots
With the perfect combination of leather and rubber seen on duck boots, they are suitable when dealing with heavy rainfall or snow. They also come in handy when shoveling snow or hiking.
You should always ensure you put on appropriate winter accessories before stepping out into the cold. They will help protect the bare body parts from the cold outside, keeping you warm and comfy.
Hats protect your head in the harsh winter weather, and it’s always good to invest in a stylish winter hat. Knit caps are a go-to option for casual wear as they protect your head as well as keep your ears warm.
However, avoid the likes of pom-poms and tassels as a regular knit cap portrays a more masculine and mature image.
Not only do scarves keep your neck warm they also chance to experiment, play and add color to your outfit. With infinity and thick-knit scarves these days, their textures are great and more masculine and better suited for casual wear.
For formal wear, a wool scarf comes in handy and appropriate. However, be careful when shopping for one and keep an eye on the material used to help you in distinguishing between wool and acrylic, and I advise you check the label first before settling on one. Remember fleece is warm material.
When it comes to gloves always ensure that they don’t soak up moisture and that they are thick enough to withstand the cold. I prefer leather gloves as they look classy and protect your hands from the wind and wetness. A simple rule in fashion is matching your leather to your other leather which means that, if you are wearing brown gloves, coordinate them with your other leather accessories in your outfit like a belt and shoes-if shoes are brown, put on brown gloves. By employing this simple tactic, you will achieve an astounding final look.
Stick with leather gloves for a formal look and keep them sleek. For a casual look, you have another option of wool glove that comes in different colors but be careful not to break the matching pattern.
- Wool Socks
Most men usually pick on least priced socks and those that come in numerous numbers, however, switching to wool socks which are ordinarily warm during winter will prove to be a wise step considering the cold temperatures. The repelling properties of wool will further be helpful if you are prone to natural odor and sweaty feet.
With the correct mix of appropriate shoes, pants, jackets/coats, shirts, accessories, and proper layering, you will not only be able to keep warm and comfortable during winter but will be able to keep your style at par with the ultimate men’s winter fashion.
Be sure to go for the right fabrics needed during various temperature levels outdoors and indoors.