As I type this, the wind and rain is lashing hard against the window of my study. I think it’s pretty safe to say that summer is over kids and it’s not coming back! So, with this in mind, I thought I would compile a list of the top ten items that I’m looking to purchase for the coming colder months and that you may be interested in getting yourself.
As a general rule, the first five are what I consider to be more ‘basic’ pieces that are easy to incorporate into a winter wardrobe, while the remaining five are slightly more ‘fashion-forward’ (although I seriously hate that term).
So, here we go:
1. Real Man Boots – For Real Man Weather
This one really is a no-brainer. Although you could find me last year rocking a pretty heavy pair of brown military boots, it’s time for an upgrade and the reason is simple – the boots just weren’t cutting it. Sure, they were great for wearing with thick socks when temperature dropped but as soon as it started to pour with rain, or blizzard with snow, it was game over and I was on the floor.
This time around I’m looking for something with a big chunky lug sole for grip, better design to support my ankles and quality leather to keep the water out. I may even swap the laces for some bright red ones just to add a punch of character. This way, I can spend all my days jumping in puddles like I want to.
2. Invest in Some Tweed
This is both a practical and stylistic decision. First of all, by its very nature, tweed is a warm insulating material. Made in the highlands, it’s a rough unfinished wool that is durable and moisture-resistant and perfect for winter.
I’ve already got a grey tweed blazer laying around from last year so this time around I’m going for some suit trousers instead. They are perfect for wearing casually with a t-shirt and a cardigan but can be dressed up just as easily with a shirt and jacket. I’m probably going to be looking for one in a tobacco brown or rich navy.
3. Horizontal Stripes
They are not just for summer you know. Although rather than having them on your t-shirts and in bold colours, why not try them with thick-knit jumpers and cardigans, in tonal colours like navy and teal or olive and mint green?
4. Bring Some Colour In
This is a simple one really. For whatever reason, autumn/winter tends to make guys stick to black, grey and navy. Now there’s nothing wrong with monochromatic colours, they can be a great foundation for a look, but why not add a shot of warmth into it as well.
Sunburnt oranges, olives, rich browns and striking burgundy were all over the runways, so will soon be filtering down to the shops too. Get involved!
5. A Shawl Neck Jacket
It can often feel, during these more depressing months, that when it comes to formal wear you are obliged to wear something traditional like a black notch lapel suit. Not so. In fact, a shawl neck collar on a suit jacket was favoured by nearly all the 50s and 60s Hollywood movie stars and can really smarten up any look.
I’m going to buy one in grey or burgundy with black lapels and trimmings to smarten up my jeans and polo shirts when I head out into town for the evening.
6. Tangled Up In Plaid
More specifically, plaid wool ties. With everything else in your wardrobe getting more bulky, thick and durable, make sure your ties don’t get left behind!
A tweed or flannel suit combined with a silk or cotton tie just doesn’t translate. Invest in a wool tie in a colourful pattern like red and blue plaid – and wear the hell out of it.
7. Double Monk Straps
They are having a huge resurgence across the pond and on the blogs – and for good reason. Think of them as the slightly older, more refined brother of the desert boot when it comes nailing that smart-casual look.
8. The Turtleneck
Check out Ben’s recent article on why you should at least think about investing in one. Enough said.
9. Pick a Pattern
You can have fun during the winter too. Whereas the summer was all about Breton stripes, floral flourishes and Hawaiian vibes, this autumn/winter can be all about folkloric, Peruvian and Norwegian touches.
I’m personally going to be looking for a crew neck jumper with a snowflake pattern on it for when the weather really kicks in.
10. Leather Varsity Jacket
L ast year’s varsity jacket just graduated… with honours.
So there you have it guys, my picks for this coming season. What do you think? What are yours?