Winter. The time when fashion tends to get overlooked by society due to inclement weather or bad choices. We here at Fresher Than would like to give the fellas a few tips on some options available to them during the bitter season.
Jackets can be tricky by climate. But we’ve put together some good tricks to help you out regardless of the temperature outside. I am a firm believer in layers. Layers are your friend and it just plain looks good. For example, your main outer will of course be your jacket/coat of choice. I am a huge fan of the pea coat. It just looks classy. Below is a pea coat by Andrew Marc Lloyd. These coats can be found easily at most department stores, but your best bet would be specialty stores and online. Pea coats such as the charcoal one below come in most any color. The grey wool coats are super nice as well. Just go with what you like.
Personally, I feel that Moto-Jackets are underrated and can be used in a very stylish fashion. Leather jackets are particular in such that they can possibly be damaged by heavy amounts of moisture due to rain or snow. Wear at your own caution. Below is one made by 7 Diamonds. This one in particular is pretty pricy, but you get the idea of the style and look of it. Mind you the color. Leather comes in all different colors, but I think most tend to stick to the darker colors such as black, charcoal, grey, & brown. Again, this is all at your discretion.
I didn’t begin layering until the start of this fall/winter here and so still have a bit to go, but asking friends and lady-friends about what they think looks good on a man has helped tremendously. Never be afraid to ask your friends for advice when it comes to dressing up for an occasion. Be it going to a bar or on a date, simplicity works best when done so in subtle ways. For example, v-neck tee’s are perfect for your first layer, then go from there. Winter can be harsh so the more layers the better. Don’t over-do it though. Best left with 2-3 layers. Think about the thickness of the cloth you are wearing. We can’t have you sweating before the occasion. So, that being said, there are a few choices out there for how you wanna look. Cardigans over a long-sleeve button up shirt is nice. Below is the Perry Ellis Cotton Poly Cardigan over a button-up. Very little effort. You can use contrasting colors for a thick layered look, or similar colors for a less obvious appearance.
You can utilize the fabrics for warmth depending on the severity of the climate. As the picture below of a CK Jeans Plaited Military Zip can show. It looks good on it’s own, and is not too loud. You can wear this under your jacket of choice for added layers. Such as with the pea coat. The zip-up is good for extra care of your neck and throat. I’ve found when I wear one, I don’t get as cold. A scarf will do this as well, but perhaps work better with a crew neck pullover.
Pants should be relatively simple to choose. The choice for most right now is dark colored jeans. Dark blue-jeans, charcoal, and even black. I stay away from the black jeans because I personally don’t like them. I do however prefer dark jeans, with a slim fit. Low-cut is not necessary, but does look good while wearing form fitting tops. Below are a simple pair of Levi’s 514 Slim Straight jeans that you could find almost anywhere.
Slacks/Dress pants aren’t used much anymore except for business suits, but I believe they can be used simply with a solid-colored pullover. Example below is a pair of Perry Ellis Heather dress pants which can be used for any occasion. As I said before, simplicity can go a long way – especially with slacks. Rock them right, and I guarantee people will be looking.
Finally, shoes. This can go a number of different ways depending on what you are comfortable with. For example, I personally like the look of dark jeans with dark sneakers. But I do like to wear dress shoes/boots as well. Mix and match is the key here. Such as the pea coat over the cardigan/button up shirt combo, dark jeans, and a pair of sick boots (brown in this case) looks fresh. My point is always to have something stick out. My favorite shoes to wear with my dark jeans are my Supra TK Society Perfs. Solid black leather with a red sole. Again, this all depends on what YOU are comfortable with. First are a pair of Florsheim Ashland Limited’s. These slip-ons can go a long way in turning a few heads. Especially when worn with a pair of dark pants. They go great with flannels and cardigans.
This pair of shoes are the Supra TK Society. There are many styles and color ways. They can be perfect for subtle looks or if you wanna show some color, have a go! They are my favorite sneaks and can go with almost anything. Have a look at the different styles they have.
Finally we have a pair of Rockport Parkridge boots. If you like the look of boots, but don’t like the color brown on your feet, these are the way to go. Black boots/dress shoes always look sharp no matter what the occasion and no matter what pants you wear. They can go well with something as simple as a polo, or all the way to a suit. Best to be worn with at least a button up.