Do you feel that guys?
Winter is coming.
In fact, it’s almost here.
Are you ready for it?
More importantly, is your wardrobe ready?
There are so many clothing mistakes I see every winter and it’s time to set the record straight.
In today’s article, I am giving you a men’s winter style guide on the 7 clothing mistakes most men make and how to avoid them.
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Mistake #1: Not Layering Intelligently
This might not seem like the biggest issue but a lot of men don’t know how to layer properly.
First, you need to understand the basic rule: thinnest to thickest. The thinnest layer should be the closest to your body.
For example: if you have a heavy coat, vest, shirt and thermal top, you’ll want to layer it in this order:
- Heavy Coat
This will allow you to stay as flexible as possible and as warm as possible.
Layering will give you the most possibilities during your day as well. Let’s say it’s snowing outside and all you’re wearing is a heavy winter coat over your dress shirt. That’s great but when you get to work, you have to take off that top layer.
What if it’s still cold inside? What if a co-worker left a window open?
Easy solution: add more layers. Through a sweater on overtop your dress shirt so that you have more options to use during your day.
Mistake #2: The Wrong Gear for the Job
Guys, you have to have the right gear for your climate in the winter. How do you do this?
Study the weather.
Once you know the weather of your area, you can then choose items that are appropriate for your climate.
If you’re in California and it’s getting down to 50 degrees, you don’t need a winter coat. Instead, opt for a medium jacket that will keep you plenty warm.
If you’re in Canada and it’s snowing everyday and it’s below freezing everyday, you need a heavy-duty jacket as well as sturdy boots with a rubber sole to keep your grip.
A light jacket can still be used as a layering piece in the winter underneath a heavier coat.
Another issue I see guys do all the time in the winter is wearing sneakers in the snow. I love sneakers but they are not equipped for the snow.
Not only will you have a harder time staying on your feet, but most sneakers are not made to stand up to the harsher climate of winter.
Mistake #3: Overspending on The Wrong Items
It’s important to understand what is important to spend money on and what isn’t.
First of all, a name brand does not necessarily mean it’s better. Don’t get me wrong, I love a lot of brands but you have to do your research on what you spend your hard-earned money on.
Some major name brands will promote a winter jacket made of polyester. While polyester is fine when mixed with other fabrics, coats made of mostly polyester won’t stand up to the cold.
Polyester is not breathable and may leave you sweaty if the temperature were to rise or if you’re shoveling snow while wearing it.
Instead, try to get a jacket made of wool or a wool-blend. These will keep you warm while being moisture-resistant and flame-retardant. Wool jackets are long-lasting as well.
Also, don’t overspend for something you don’t need. This may seem obvious but you may be surprised.
For example, you don’t need a coat that will protect you from sub-zero temperatures if it never gets below 30 degrees where you live. While it would be nice, it’s overkill and ultimately a waste of money.
Mistake #4: Not Investing Enough on the Correct Items
While it’s easy to overspend on the wrong items, it’s also easy to not spend enough on the correct items.
What are the correct items to invest in?
- Coats & Jackets
- Thermal Underwear
When it comes to coats and jackets, you need a high quality one. Just like I said before, you want a wool or wool-blend coat. These can often be more expensive than their polyester counterparts.
Thermal underwear is another place to invest. These are your first line of defensive and a foundation to your layering for winter. If you don’t have a great foundation, you won’t stay warm enough. These will also be against your skin and you’re going to want that to feel as comfortable as possible.
While thermal underwear is the foundation of your layers, footwear is the foundation of your whole outfit. You have to invest in quality when it comes to footwear for any season but especially winter.
The best part of spending so much on all of these products is that they will all last you much longer than their cheaper options would. Spend a little bit more now on the right products and you’ll never have to spend again (even though you’ll want to).
Mistake #5: Not Leveraging the Power of Color and Patterns
This is a problem I see a lot of guys doing and they don’t even realize it. The best part of winter and fall is that you can bring in so many different colors and patterns that you normally can’t wear in summer or spring.
You don’t want to be wearing pastel colors in the winter because it just wouldn’t fit. Try to mimic the environments change in color. What do I mean by this?
Take trees and grass as an example. In the summer, a lot of trees are bright green and the grass is as well. In fall and winter, the leaves begin to change colors and become warmer. The grass becomes more muted. As winter comes, the trees are darker with more texture on the bark from the harsh weather.
Use neutral colors like black, navy, tan, and olive green and patterns like corduroy and tweed for winter.
These are all great colors and patterns for winter and will help your wardrobe to fit into the winter season. If you were to wear bright colors, you would stand out horrible and the heat from the sun wouldn’t warm you as much because those colors are more reflective.
Mistake #6: Ill-Fitting Clothing
Guys, just because it’s colder outside doesn’t mean that you can just forget about tailoring. It’s easy to do. You’re more focused on staying warm but looking good is still a huge part of winter style.
The normal rules apply: nothing too tight or too baggy. Find that happy sweet spot that is fitted or tailored to you. This will give your clothes a high-quality appearance and make you look even better.
A common mistake men make is wearing their pants too tight or too baggy. In winter, both are bad options. First of all, they both look bad. That’s easy. But did you know that this can keep you from staying warm?
It’s all about air and heat conductivity. If your pants are so baggy that air circulates too easily, then warm air isn’t trapped in them. If the material of your pants is permeable to the air (which most skinny jeans and pants are), the tight pants will give you no protection and the wind will cut right through them.
Mistake #7: Not Wearing Quality Sunglasses
Believe it or not, the sun is closer to the Earth during Winter which makes the sun brighter in the Winter.
Because of the Earth’s axis being shifted, the Northern Hemisphere is closer to the sun during Winter. It is a common misconception that the seasons are caused by the Earth’s proximity to the sun. They are actually caused by the angle of the Earth’s axis relative to the sun.
Okay, enough of the science lesson.
Because of this, the sun is closer and brighter. On top of that, all of the snow reflects the sun very harshly and causes it to be even brighter.
In fact, the first sunglasses were made in the prehistoric time by the Inuit people and were just flattened ivory glasses with small slits to see through to block the sun.
Today, quality sunglasses are defined by their UV protection. You want to find a pair of sunglasses that blocks 100% of UV rays. Polarization is another nice touch that will reduce glare.
Mistake #8: Not Moisturizing & Grooming
In the winter, we get kind of lazy guys. “No Shave November” is all the rage and I am saying you shouldn’t do it.
I mean you can do it but many will think you are lazy and unkempt which is never something you want to hear. It’s also important to moisturizer.
In fact, it might be more important to moisturizer in the winter than it is in the summer. This is due to the dryness in the air which will cause your skin to crack and become flakey.
Lastly, it’s important to not take extremely hot showers in the winter. While they feel good, they will lead to your skin being more dry and damaged.
Men’s Winter Style Guide – Summary
There you have it guys.
The 7 most common cold weather style mistakes that most guys make.
Well most guys except you.
Now that you know not to shower with water that is too warm, why not learn all of the hair mistakes you are making?
Click here to check out my guide to the worst hair mistakes you are making that are damaging your hair or check out more articles below!
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By: Kyle Swinderman
Title: Men’s Winter Style Guide | 7 Cold Weather MISTAKES To Avoid
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Published Date: Sun, 04 Oct 2020 12:00:15 +0000
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How to wear your watch correctly
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:
- Origins Of The Wrist Watch
- What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
- Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
- The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch
#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch
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?
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?
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
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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Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 10:19:42 +0000
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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)
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:
- What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
- How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
- Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
- What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?
#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
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?
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
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?
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
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?
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.
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.
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 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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Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 23:59:00 +0000
The Best Zara Fragrances
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.
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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Published Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2022 09:57:00 +0000
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