The Best Of Winter – 6 Looks To Wear Right Now To Beat The Winter Blues
Written & Produced By James Vincent
February 12 – the dead of winter – at least in Chicago and other cities in the northern US. Winter has been around for a while now – but it just suddenly seems like it will never end. And there certainly can be a good bit of winter left. Even the walk of three blocks to catch the L to work is a test of endurance. Sure there are some who say “Embrace the cold – go skiing, skating, blah, blah, blah”. For those of us not so cherry and athletic, it’s a waiting game. So the only thing to do is endure it and wait. A little shopping can go a long way to cheer things up – there’s still some good sales going on – why not add to your winter wardrobe – you can wear things right now and you’ll have a good start on next winter’s wardrobe as well.
If you already haven’t gotten a hooded parka – and if there are even any left – start there. From our January 2016 fashion issue http://menofvalue.com/2015/12/31/get-in-from-the-cold-winter-2016-essentials/– It looked good then and it looks good now. Forget the traditional topcoat over your business suit that’s never quite warm enough – get there in style from work in a new parka. That’s right – a parka over a suit. It immediately says you want to be warm and speaks a fashion sense that’s your very own. Get one that’s roomy enough to go over a suit and it will also be versatile with a chunky cable knit sweater or a denim jacket – a great wardrobe piece for layered looks.
Parka, Michael Kors; Suit, Brooks Brothers; Shirt, Michael Kors; Tie, Ralph Lauren; Belt, Bill Adler; Pocket Square, Simonnot-Godard; Tie Bar, Vintage.
Photography, Alejandra Guerrero, http://www.alejandraguerrero.com/; Model, Justin for Ford Models Chicago; Grooming, Ashley Condron; Styling, James Vincent, https://www.tradeshowoffs.com/ Shot on location at https://www.thefrontierchicago.com/
Whatever your destination or activity when you need to look your best in winter, nothing beats a colorful plaid wool sport jacket. Trim and neatly tailored is the way to go. As here from our January 2017 issue http://menofvalue.com/2017/01/02/cold-men-wear-winter-2017/.
Just because its winter doesn’t mean you should schlep to work in an old, outdated wool sport coat. Spend a little extra on this wardrobe staple – you’ll be glad you did. A classic All American wool sport coat is always a good investment for winter – especially a plaid – because it will give you endless shirt and tie options. It can just as easy go to the office as a night on the town. It will also have the versatility of being dressed down.
Sport Jacket, Polo Ralph Lauren; Shirt, Polo Ralph Lauren; Trousers, Louis Raphael; Tie, Michael Kors; Pocket Square & Belt, Nordstrom Rack; Tie Bar, Vintage; Shoes & Socks, Model’s.
Photography, Alejandra Guerrero, http://www.alejandraguerrero.com/; Model, Ryne, for Ford Models Chicago; Grooming, Ashley Condron; Styling, James Vincent, https://www.tradeshowoffs.com/; Shot on location at http://www.shoproysfurniture.com/
A good versatile sport jacket can also become a layered outerwear piece for that rare winter thaw day when 40 degrees seems downright balmy. From our January 2016 issue http://menofvalue.com/2015/12/31/get-in-from-the-cold-winter-2016-essentials/– layer it up with a hoodie, jean jacket or a bulky cable knit sweater, a scarf and gloves and you’re good to go on a temperate late winter day.
Photography, Alejandra Guerrero, http://www.alejandraguerrero.com/; Model, Justin, for Ford Models Chicago; Grooming, Ashley Condron; Styling, James Vincent, https://www.tradeshowoffs.com/; Shot on location at https://www.thefrontierchicago.com/
What says winter like flannel? From our January 2015 issue – It’s always great to have a soft, don’t-care-if-it-wrinkles flannel shirt in winter. Whether it’s to pack for a trip to have on hand for a Saturday morning/afternoon of seeing the sights or just lazily lounging around all day doing nothing with friends and family. Ratchet up the look with a good pair of jeans – a dark wash looks great with anything – and they can easily be dressed up later with a jacket.
Winter is always a good time to wear that crazy sweater you got for Christmas – from our January 2016 issue – Sometimes a day or evening just requires that you be comfortable – and warm. Stay warm, comfortable and on trend with this ‘70’s retro graphic inspired sweater jacket. Its warm enough layered up for outdoors – the hood will give you extra protection – and comfortable indoors as well. Add in a pair of deconstructed jeans and you’ve got a comfortable and interesting weekend look.
Photography, Alejandra Guerrero, http://www.alejandraguerrero.com/; Grooming, Ashley Condron; Styling, James Vincent, https://www.tradeshowoffs.com/; Shot on location at https://www.thefrontierchicago.com/
And finally since everyone knows what comes after winter is – well, if not outright spring, at least the next best thing – not all out winter. Maybe it’s just about time to think about wha’s up next for the wardrobe – from our March 2015 issue – Since it is still cold, and spring fashion isn’t all that far away, go ahead and invest in a spring weight top coat that could easily work in late winter as well. Don’t think of a top coat as only for winter – it is an essential piece for any man’s wardrobe be it winter or spring fashion. This slim, navy, cotton trench coat will work with anything in your wardrobe. Here with a sport coat, tie and trousers – it’s a traditional classic stand out. It can also work just as well without a jacket over a wsinter weight sweater and jeans – pick your own wash. Again, the idea is to think beyond the items’ initial purpose. This trench works on many levels – take it from a rainy weekend knocking around to that same rain on Monday over your business suit. The trench coats’ plainness is its’ virtue at the same time – it will work with anything.
Trench, H&M; Shirt, John W. Nordstrom; Tie, Nordstrom Rack.
Photography, Diana Kim; Model, Anderson for Ford Models Chicago; Grooming, Ashley Condron; Styling, James Vincent, https://www.tradeshowoffs.com/