We’re well and truly in the thick of it. Some of us perhaps aren’t feeling it quite as much as past years as we are consigned to the house more, but winter is here and your fashion needs to adapt accordingly.
Seasonality has the habit of sometimes forgetting the modern-day man. Sure, most men know the difference between a winter coat and something a little lighter, but that’s the end of it. The options aren’t quite as endless unless you proactively look for them at a shopping district like Covent Garden.
Bearing this in mind, today’s article is going to take a look at some of the common winter mistakes that tend to blight male fashion. By the end of proceedings, you’ll hopefully be armed with enough knowledge to fight off the winter blues in the most stylish way possible.
You buy the wrong items
Most of us love a brand. We all have our go-to list, but this shouldn’t necessarily be the same for winter.
On the contrary, you need to be looking at the ‘ingredients list’ of your clothing. In other words, what materials have made it into the garment?
This is where you need to forget polyester (at least as the primary material) and instead look for more winterproof materials such as wool. Don’t fall into the trap of looking in the winter coats section of a store – your research needs to be deeper than this.
You don’t layer properly
To survive in winter, you need to learn the art of layering. Without this knowledge, you are destined to freeze (OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration).
There are all sorts of guides out there, but the general rule is that the thinnest items are closer to your skin, leading all the way up to your thicker garments.
You can dive into the complexities of layering if you wish, but if you keep the above in mind you’ll be on the right track.
You buy the wrong size of clothes
It’s colder, so you need larger clothes, right? This is one of the most common, and easiest traps to fall into.
While you will be wearing more layers, this doesn’t mean to think you need to stretch to a new size. You certainly shouldn’t be an M in summer, and a L in winter.
We’re going to summarize this point by telling you how air circulates. If you wear baggy clothing, warm air is never going to be “trapped” inside. By the same token, if your clothing is too tight, the elements will bypass them.
This is why, as the old saying goes, size doesn’t matter. Instead, the material does, and buying material that is permeable to the air is the easiest way to bypass the above and ensure that your body is adequately protected.
You don’t mimic the environment
So far, we’ve spoken about practicality, and it’s for good reason.
This final point is about style, though. During the summer months, most of us turn to bright tones as these reflect our mood. In winter, they tend to make you stand out for the wrong reasons.
Sure, some people will still get away with more outlandish colours, but many won’t. Instead, try and blend into the environment more. This means wearing more muted, darker tones which allow you to mimic your surroundings.