Surviving Winter in Style

Save
 
 
Surviving Winter in Style
Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

When the temperature drops and the snow starts falling, it's easy to hide away in bulky sweaters, puffy ski jackets and oversize trench coats. But this winter, you don’t have to sacrifice fashion for comfort and warmth. By picking the right pieces, fabrics, styles and colors -- and learning how to layer your clothes with an eye toward style, like actor Sebastian Stan does here -- every man can dress for the cold winter months and look fashionable from head to toe while doing it.

Winter's Must-Have Pieces
Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Winter's Must-Have Pieces

Winter outfits might vary based on climate and occasion, but there are a few pieces every guy should be armed with for cool weather. Rachel Lefort, a Denver-based personal fashion stylist, said half-zip sweaters, pullovers and V-neck sweaters, as well as dark denim in a modern cut -- like actor Brad Pitt wears here at a movie premiere -- are essential winter style basics. Topped with accessories and the coat of your choice, these pieces set the stage for a fashionable but functional winter outfit.

Rachel Lefort, Personal Fashion Stylist

Topped With Style
Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Topped With Style

No matter how great the outfit underneath, Lefort said, a bad jacket can kill a winter look. Topping winter ensembles with a sharp leather jacket or wool driving coat, like the one singer Harry Styles wears here during London Fashion Week, is always a safe bet, Lefort added. Quilted and baseball jackets are also making a strong showing for winter, noted Jimmy Au, a Beverly Hills, California-based clothing designer at Jimmy Au's for Men 5'8" and Under. “One makes an outfit dressier, while the other makes it more casual.”

The Wear-It-Everywhere Coat
Ben Gabbe/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

The Wear-It-Everywhere Coat

Having a lineup of coats keeps your style fresh, but there’s one piece that goes with nearly every outfit: the sport coat. “The minute you put on a sport coat, you elevate your style,” Lefort said. Nail the business-casual look by throwing it on over a pair of khakis and leather loafers. You can also pair a navy or black version -- like the one actor Josh Holloway wears to a presentation in New York -- with dark denim and a solid or patterned shirt for a party or date.

Fabric Favorites
Sean Gallup/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Fabric Favorites

When it comes to winter fashion, the right fabric can make all the difference in your style and comfort levels. Wool is a winter mainstay and, though pricey, Au said cashmere provides the most warmth for the weight. If you live in a cold climate, try wearing a cashmere sweater -- like the one actor Daniel Craig shows off at a movie premiere in Berlin -- over a button-down for a layered look. If your winters aren’t so harsh, go for lightweight wool blends for suits, coats, scarves and ties.

Cold-Weather Colors
Jason Merritt/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Cold-Weather Colors

Leave the salmons, aquas and lavenders to your summer wardrobe and opt instead for warmer, deeper colors for winter fashion. Shades of charcoal, navy, brown and camel are winter must-haves, Lefort said, as are jewel tones like deep purple, emerald and cobalt blue. Try throwing on a colored scarf or coat -- like the burgundy version actor Seamus Dever dons at a movie premiere in Hollywood, California -- to make a real style statement.

The Rules of Layering
Adam Berry/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

The Rules of Layering

Piling on layers may be the simplest way to stay warm during the winter, but doing it the right way -- like actor Walter Sittler does at an event in Berlin -- takes skill. Keep fabrics breathable to avoid getting hot, Au suggested, and make sure layers are subtle. It’s also important that each piece is big enough to fit another layer underneath it, Au added. “If you wear a full-fitted shirt underneath a trim sweater, extra fabric will bunch under your arm and be uncomfortable.”

Casual Layers
Jason Merritt/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Casual Layers

Nail a laid-back layered look this winter by pairing a classic button-down shirt with a half-zip sweater, overcoat and jeans, Lefort suggested. If you’re in a warmer climate, add some edge to your look with a sleek leather jacket, chambray shirt or tee and a pair of chinos, like the outfit actor Eddie Redmayne wears here to the 2013 MTV Movie Awards. For a sportier look, wear a colored jean with a plaid shirt, baseball jacket and sneakers, Au said.

Piled on Professionally
Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Piled on Professionally

Spice up your everyday suit-and-tie ensemble by wearing a scarf or an overcoat with fur trim, like fashion designer Zac Posen does here at an event in New York. For extra warmth, Au suggested adding a suit vest or sweater vest underneath your suit jacket. As an alternative to a vest, Lefort said, wear a buttoned-up V-neck cardigan under your suit or with a sports coat and khakis. “You can add on a cashmere scarf and then look really chic, stylish and functional,” she added.

An Added Bonus
Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

An Added Bonus

No winter outfit is complete without shoes and accessories that are both fashionable and functional. A statement scarf in a bold color or pattern can breathe life into a drab winter outfit, Au said, while leather gloves -- like the pair actor Dominic Cooper wears to an event in London -- add instant edge and elegance to your ensemble. Wear a modern pair of loafers or low leather boots, or try a pair of colored sneakers for a more casual look, Au suggested.

Related Searches

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!