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Let’s face it – when it gets cold, the last thing on your mind is dressing sharp.

You’re focused on keeping warm and comfortable…. and oftentimes this does not equate to being stylish.

But guess what?

You can dress for the cold weather and look amazing at the same time.

And in today’s article – I’m showing you how.

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Winter Style Tip 1. Leverage Texture

Texture is one of the first things we see. You probably had a favorite blanket or teddy bear that you would cuddle up next to when you were a baby. As babies, we gravitated towards those things because of their texture.

Texture tells babies whether something is safe (soft toys, teddy bears) or dangerous (a stone or hardwood floor).

Psychologist Dr. Harry Harlow proved this in 1958. He tested the responses of baby monkeys towards textures. He set up two fake mothers – one made of coiled wire and wood with a bottle of milk and one made of soft fur and covered with cloth that had no milk. The monkeys formed a bond with the more delicate mother, showing that contact comfort drives our texture perceptions.

So what does this have to do with adding texture to your outfits? It’s simple – when someone sees something with a texture, they want to get closer to it.

Wondering what texture to use? Check out these findings from a 2001 study by the John Moores University in England.

Fabric samples were given to women and they were asked to rate them in terms of emotional/cognitive factors. The women’s brains were scanned while they felt the fabrics to double-check their thoughts.

Here’s what they found:

  • Fleece and Tweed evoked feelings of relaxation and warmth
  • Satin, Silk, and Lace evoked feelings of “faded familiarity”
  • Corduroy and Leather evoked feelings of masculinity
  • Lycra and Denim evoked feelings of energy

 

Winter Style Tip 2. Incorporate Retro Wear

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Bring in retro styles with a few updated flairs to stand out and look fantastic. If you need inspiration – look at the Nehru jacket.

A single-breasted jacket with a high standing collar, the Nehru was inspired by Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru – who stopped wearing British suits after India won its independence and switched to a knee-length Indian jacket called the achkan or sherwani.

This inspired the Nehru jacket, which is hip-length and can be worn as part of a suit. It became popular in America and Europe in the 60s and 70s – which means it’s just the right time for this to be in fashion again.

No matter what you choose from the past – wear it with confidence.

 

3. Wear a Check Patterned Blazer Jacket

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Many of you can pull off a check shirt but it takes some real confidence to pull off a check jacket. From tartan, tweed, Prince-of-Wales, glen plaid, window-pane and gun-check – check blazers are everywhere and they embody the ultimate casual winter style.

Fun Fact: The gun-check was traditionally worn in country settings. Its contemporary name came from the American Gun Club in the late 19th Century who adopted it from Scotland.

If this is your first time wearing a check blazer – keep it simple. Keep the checks small and closely match the color of the rest of the blazer.

 

Winter Style Tip 4. Practice Wearing Your Outfits Around The House

If you work from home – as I do – it can be very easy to sit around all day in your boxers and a t-shirt. You’re not going anywhere, so why not?

Because of the way it makes you feel.

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Sure – you may feel comfortable in just a t-shirt but are you going to feel productive and motivated? I doubt it.

My tip is to dress up and wear your outfits around your house. When you feel fantastic, you’ll find yourself inspired and motivated and you’ll get more done.

Plus, you’ll find yourself getting used to dressing sharp. It’s essential to make sure you wear the clothes – not the other way around.

 

Winter Style Tip 5. Break Out Of Your Style Comfort Zone

winter style mens vest

It’s time to put down the pea coat and try something outside of your style comfort zone… here’s why!

A 1908 study by psychologists Robert M. Yerkes and John D. Dodson found that a state of relative comfort created a study level of performance; however, a state of relative anxiety was the best way to maximize your performance. They called this state “Optimal Anxiety” and defined it as just outside of our comfort zone.

So with this in mind – to maximize your style performance – you have to go outside of your comfort zone. I understand that you might be scared to do this as some of your choices may not work well for you.

The best advice I have for you is to experiment with everything. An excellent place to start might be leveraging a heavy vest.

Vests come in many varieties like softshell or quilted. A softshell vest has a soft outer shell worn close to the torso with no down filling. It is usually composed of human-made materials like polyester. Pick a thin, lightweight version and wear it as a third layer under a gray flannel blazer or suit jacket.

A quilted down vest uses down goose feathers and has a sectional pattern where the filling is sewn in. This is a warmer but more casual option. Today, many down vests are made thin and sleek and worn under a suit in a professional environment. Speaking of layering things under a suit…

 

Casual Winter Style Tip 6. Accessorize With Bold Colors And Patterns

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It’s time for you to go crazy with patterns – on your accessories.

Adding bold accessories to a neutral outfit makes a big statement without screaming for attention or being too over the top. There’s something eternally stylish about wearing neutrals, whether your outfit centers on blacks, whites, grays, or tans. Adding a bold, colorful scarf to your outfit can transform it from commonplace to something original without being too fashion-forward.

Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication – so when styling your outfit, allow your accessories to do the talking for you.
When you wear mostly neutrals, the eyes are automatically drawn to the most colorful aspects of your outfit, allowing your bold accessories to draw attention and complete your look.

Not into a bold color? You can go for a paisley pattern or a geometric check pattern like we previously discussed with your blazers instead.

 

Winter Style Tip 7. Layer Casual With Business Casual

 

Business casual can mean a lot of different things, depending on what industry you work in. On top of that, dress code rules are always evolving. The only consistent thing is that dress code rules are the fact that they’re ever-changing.

Need inspiration? Just look at many famous actors or tech company owners who are famous for rocking the t-shirt under a suit. You could wear a thicker sweater under a suit for the colder months and skip the shirt and tie altogether.

With that in mind – use this recommendation with caution. Always judge your situation and what others around you are wearing before you decide to throw some casual options into your business attire.

Next up – check out my How To Dress Warm In Cold Weather Infographic.

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As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

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When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

man wears watch

The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

watch facing inside

The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

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Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)

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We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

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One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

fall clothing items

After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

man wearing coat

Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

clothing on sale

As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

man shopping for clothes

You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.

Overcoats

man wearing overcoat

Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

leather jackets

A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.

Sweaters

man wearing sweater

Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.

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The Best Zara Fragrances

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We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

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For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

Written by Tom Loughran

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