How to dress sharp this winter
Staying warm, comfortable and looking sharp in the cooler months can be a challenge – these tips will make it effortless.
Sydney might not get to arctic temperatures or require you get your down feather ready, but there is still a style adjustment you needed to get comfortable, warm and still dress sharp. The air is crisp, mornings get into the one-digit zone, it rains more often. From layering to essential coat to the perfect footwear and accessories, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you face winter in style – so let’s dive into how to make that happen.
Get your winter fabrics right
The fabric you choose can make a big difference in keeping you cozy in winter. Now is the time to make the seasonal wardrobe switch: put your linens, cotton and summer weight wool suits away to make room for winter weight ones. What fabrics will keep you warm and still looking stylish? Here are some suggestions.
Wool – a natural insulator, but the summer weight suit is not going to do the job in cooler weather. Go for a heavier weight wool, maybe not quite as far as worsted wool, which is one of the heaviest, but choose something heavier that summer weight.
Tweed – is made from wool combining three yarns that are twilled to form a pattern. It’s warm, it’s stylish, it’s durable, and some say even water resistant. You can get some pretty stylish tweeds that will make you want winter sticks around for longer.
Corduroy is definitely making a come back. It might be the fabric you remember your father dawning in the 60s and 70s, corduroy is making its way in the wardrobes of the most stylish men. It’s comfortable, warm, and a little bit…hipster?
Not sure which one is right for you or how each fabric feels? Talk to us – we can show you some beautiful fabrics and help you choose the right one for you.
Beyond the fabric choice, remember that a lined, structured suit is already miles ahead in keeping you warm.
Stay sharp with accessories for winter comfort
Perhaps you already have your winter suits down pat and just need to add some accessories to lift the warmth game. Here are some that should be at the top of your list:
Scarf – stylish scarves make the man. Don’t go for a boring grey or black one. Choose a luxurious fabric, like cashmere or soft wool in a colour or print that compliments your (tweed) suits. Our money is on burgundy or deep green.
Gloves – again, go with something a little bit different. With a pattern or with a clasp, or even a different colour, something that will add a nugget of style to your winter attire. And if you’re going to invest, why not try to find a pair lined with cashmere, so soft inside that you won’t want to take them off.
Socks – socks have become an essential style staple. You can tell how stylish a man is by looking at his socks. The good thing is they can play a very practical role as well. Merino is again a winner here because it provides the warmth without the bulk. You can find socks in some pretty cool prints. Pantherella are our favourites – from cashmere to escorial or merino wool, Pantherella socks have you covered for style and warmth.
Beanie – on some mornings or windy days, a beanie might be just what you need. Go for a soft cashmere or wool one to keep your precious head cozy and warm.
All layering is about is adding another layer of fabric to insulate you from the cold. But it can also be an opportunity to add colour and texture to an outfit. Choose the superior fibres again, cashmere or merino, and dare to clash a few colours.
As you can see, staying stylish in winter doesn’t have to be cumbersome. Get these basics right and you’re onto a good start to making winter your favourite season.
What are some of your favourite style tips for winter? What quality winter items do you invest in?