One way to do casual sophistication
There’s a lot about winter style that is based completely on practicality–namely, the need to keep warm! As a result, it can sometimes be easy to simply phone it in and layer up big and heavy without much thought for anything else.
However, like everything style-related, a little pre-planning and thought goes a long way. Being intentional with color choices as well as having a few “ringers” in your winter wardrobe is the key to stand out winter style. That’s what we’re talking about today.
First off, we need to talk about the “no white after labor day” rule (or should I say, myth). In my opinion, it’s the stupidest menswear “rule” ever. In fact, I believe that wearing white in the wintertime is a smooth move for a variety of reasons.
It’s unexpected. It has an elevated and sophisticated feel. The coolness of the white color matches the season. And it’s a blank canvas that you can literally pair any color you want with–so there are immense possibilities.
Despite that versatility, I’ve decided to keep it rather simple with a neutral color palette. Browns, tans, and creams always project a sense of luxury and sophistication. In fact, to me, this particular outfit looks and feels very Ralph Lauren-esque.
A B-3 bomber jacket is a bona fide classic piece of outerwear. It’s equal parts badass and luxe, thanks to the mix of leather and shearling. I love the look of the distressed leather of this jacket and its faux-shearling lining, collar, and cuffs speaks style as well as consciousness.
Nothing says winter style more than a chunky sweater. A thick, ribbed turtleneck is an easy way to bridge the gap between luxe and casual.
A suede chukka boot is another way to add a touch of luxe sophistication to a pair of denim any day of the week. In a dark chocolate brown, it creates a nice contrast with the white denim as well as providing a visual “anchor” for the entire look.
Thanks, as always, for reading.
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