Sometimes it feels like winter gets a lot of bad press. The inevitable drop in temperature combined with the British public’s fear of snow can often lead to plenty of undesirable situations: transport delays, salt stained leather shoes and increasingly less reliable umbrellas, to name but a few.
All of which can leave us sartorially-inclined men feeling pretty miserable; daydreaming of the summer when it was all dusty pastel colour combinations and glorious madras.
But it isn’t just the summer months that get to have all the fun. Oh no. Because with winter comes the festive season and it’s more than appropriate to let your style reflect this by adding a touch of flair and creativity to your cold-weather looks. Combined with an increased focus on layering, you could argue that there’s even more room for experimentation compared to when it’s warmer.
Yet, as we all know, simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication, so let’s try to stay away from garish reindeer jumpers your gran knitted and outfits that resemble your Christmas tree. Instead, aim to subtly highlight the season of good cheer using these simple tips…
As soon as the weather begins to turn, try taking inspiration from what’s going on outside. I personally love integrating more earthy tones like olive, brown and sunburnt orange into my looks during autumn, to reflect the leaves falling and the environment around me.
The same can also be said for Christmas. Why not look to incorporate colours associated with the festive period? I find that accents of red, green and yellow can really bring an otherwise neutral or monochromatic look to life.
For example, I have a mustard yellow wool hat from last winter that pairs perfectly with my navy pea coat, grey tweed trousers and brown brogue boots – injecting a shot of colour and separating my look from the crowd.
The same can also be said for saturated red or green chinos, which work well with neutral blazers and jackets in navy or grey. Alternatively, why not try a chunky knit or scarf in a rich, autumnal hue?
Just remember, when injecting a shot of seasonal colour into your outfit, keep the rest of your pieces simple and neutral to help anchor the look.
- Le Coq Sportif Cologne Cycle Chinos In Ivy
- Canali Washed Cotton-poplin Shirt
- Edwin Roll Neck Jumper Batallion Cable Knit
- Reiss Paddington Waffle Stitch Sweater Sage
- Asos Cable Cardigan
- Reiss Conway Suede Brogues Olive
- Merola Gloves Shearling Gloves
- He By Mango Slim-fit 5 Pocket Corduroy Trousers
- Reiss Shackleton Classic Plain Socks Burgundy
- Paul Smith Shoes & Accessories Hunter Textured-leather Chukka Boots
- Topman Burgundy Lambswool Scarf
- Watchman Beanie Hat In Green
I don’t know what it is about an item of clothing in plaid, but it always feels pretty festive to me. It doesn’t hurt that checks are this season’s biggest print trend either.
Whether it’s a quality wool tartan plaid tie paired with a simple white Oxford shirt, chinos and brogues combination or a full-on Glen plaid suit in navy with a pale blue dress shirt and black penny loafers, you can’t go wrong.
It lets everyone in the room – from pub to ballroom – know that you’re here to have a good time.
- Topman Charcoal And Blue Checked Skinny Trousers
- Etro Slim-fit Plaid Wool Blazer
- Topman Burgundy Tartan Skinny Blazer
- Vito Check Trouser
- Topman Charcoal Grey Checked Suit
- Ymc Plaid Corduroy Trousers
- Hartford Slim-fit Unstructured Check Wool Blazer
- Topman Selected Homme Check Blazer
- Topman Vito Boye Check Trousers
- River Island Tie In Red Check
- New Look Check Tie
- Alexander Olch Plaid Woven-wool Tie
Christmas Pattern Knits
My friends and I set a date every December where we find the cheapest, ugliest Christmas jumper we can and wear it on a night out. This year, that date just so happens to be today, December 13th: Christmas Jumper Day, as organised by Save The Children.
Things can get ugly quickly, and it’s always shocking to see how bad some are, but who’s to say this can’t be done stylishly? Simply look for classic knits in neutral palettes; think grey shawl neck cardigans, navy roll necks and brown crew neck lambswool jumpers.
Just make sure that they include a timeless winter pattern such as Fair Isle, Aspen, Nordic-inspired or jacquard to bring a touch of joy to all mankind. If a jumper feels like it’s a bit too much for you, why not opt for an accent piece? Most high street and mid-level brands stock plenty of socks, pocket squares and ties in these wintry styles that work just as well.
- Topman Navy Snowflake Jumper
- Reclaimed Vintage Christmas Jumper With Robin Print
- Vintage Renewal Winter Knit Christmas Jumper
- J.crew Fair Isle Wool Sweater
- River Island Grey Fair Isle Sleeve Cable Knit Cardigan
- Beams Plus Ski Intarsia Wool-blend Sweater
- Asos Christmas Jumper
- Vintage Renewal Reindeer Knit Christmas Jumper
- Asos Fairisle Cardigan
- River Island Dark Red Fairisle Scarf
- Topman Blue Ski Scarf
- Asos Touch Screen Gloves With Snowflake Design
Upgrade Your Childhood
Stiff corduroy trousers, itchy wool jumpers, Wellington boots and winter bobble hats were probably the bane of your life when you were a kid at Christmas. However, thanks to updated fits and designers giving many of these pieces a modern rework, you can now rediscover those items that previously brought you pain.
For example, a pair of tan corduroy trousers is the ideal partner to an Oxford cloth button-down and denim jacket combination, whilst a buttery-soft cashmere blend jumper will not only keep you warm but brings a touch of luxury to any look you integrate it into.
- Beams Plus Button-down Collar Fine Corduroy Shirt
- Huf Nordic Bobble Hat
- Uniqlo Men Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater
- Allsaints Elba Cashmere Cardigan
- Reiss Harp Cashmere V-neck Jumper Blue
- J.crew 484 Slim-fit Corduroy Trousers
- He By Mango Straight-fit Corduroy Blazer
- J.crew 484 Slim-fit Corduroy Trousers
- Asos Trapper Hat In Grey Melton
- Hunter Original Tall Wellington Boots
- Lowther Full Wellies
- Fair Isle Bobble Hat In Navy
If there was ever a time to break out a bow tie, it’s now.
These days, there are a plethora of styles available at every price point and in every material you can think of. They offer one of the simplest ways to communicate you’ve taken a festive approach to a formal or smart-casual outfit, without having to adjust your style too much.
I personally opted for a navy and pink polka dot version from TheTieBar.com that works with every shirt and knit combination imaginable.
- Burberry London Knitted Cashmere Bow Tie
- He By Mango Polka-dot Bow-tie
- Alexander Olch Thrilby Plaid Woven-wool Bow Tie
- River Island Red Paisley Print Bow Tie
- River Island Bow Tie In Black Paisley
- Turnbull & Asser Taz Polka-dot Silk Bow Tie
- Beams Plus Camouflage-print Cotton Bow Tie
- Topman Wine Velvet Bow Tie
- Asos Bow Tie In Velvet
- New Look Donegal Bow Tie
- River Island Teal Two-tone Bow Tie
- Marwood Lace And Silk Bow Tie
So there you have it, a few simple ways that you can inject some Christmas cheer into your looks this winter.
As always, I want to hear what you guys have to say: what is your go-to Christmas look? How do you get creative with your style during the colder months?
Let me know in the comments section below…