I’m not exactly sure what it is about the cold and snowy weather that makes a darker color palate something of a winter uniform. It could be an expression of the depression people are starting to feel as this extremely cold winter continues to drag on—I may honestly be the only one enjoying it—or it could be a way of creating a simple, but stark, contrast with the grey skies or snow blanketing the ground. Here’s one way to mix some subtle patterns into a wintry monochromatic look.
I’ve been on something of a mission lately of finding ways to dress down, or at least re-imagine, some of the dressier piece I own in a less formal and unexpected way. I was concerned that my double-breasted topcoat would be forever cast as a piece that I only used for semi-formal or classic business looks, but pairing it with a thermal henley and slim dark denim makes a high-low look with a bit of an edge.
Don’t be afraid to mix plaids. It can definitely be a little intense if you’re working with two bold patterns in the same color, but when one is more subtle than the other, it can create a lot of interest and depth.