How do you stand out from the pack during the colder months?
Gents – variety is the spice of life. As stylish men, we need to keep it fresh and show variety in our wardrobe choices. The last thing you want is for people to think you’re just a one-trick pony, going along with the herd.
It’s easier in summer – a guy can wear bright colors and interesting patterns that help to set him apart from the plain shorts and t-shirt wearing sheep out there.
When the colder months come around it’s a different story. Most guy’s wardrobe options seem to become more limited and everyone starts to look the same.
In today’s article, we’re covering the stylish men’s pants that every guy should try out this winter to leverage the power of variety to elevate his winter pants game to the next level.
Let’s get to it.
- Wool-Blend Suit Trousers
- Slim-Fit Corduroy Pants
- Dark Colored Jeans
- Stylish Chinos
- Thermal Lined Pants
- Bonus: Thermal Underwear
1. Wool-Blend Suit Trousers
During the last few months of the year, men’s clothing stores start to move away from thinner fabrics like linen and start to move towards thicker materials.
Enter the wool-blend trouser – the tailor’s answer to chilly legs in the colder months of the year.
In short – wool-blend garments provide warmth. Typically, wool is blended with synthetic fabrics like Polyester or natural cotton to create a hybrid material. Trousers made from a wool-blend feature the diverse wearability of polyester/cotton and the warmth of wool.
The wool-blend trouser is often considered a more formal option for the winter months. However, that doesn’t mean you have to wear a full suit. Many men look great when they dress the wool-blend trouser with a polo top or cashmere jumper. A great option for the smart-casual Christmas party or winter date night.
2. Slim-Fit Corduroy Pants
Corduroy pants – or ‘Cords’ – have been worn by men for decades. Typically, cords are thicker than regular pants and sit slightly baggier on the leg.
Now I know many men view corduroy pants as old-fashioned. They were on-trend in the 70s … a decade that isn’t exactly known for having a great sense of style. Too much brown and orange, gents – need I say more?
However – corduroy pants can be a great option for guys looking for winter-proof stylish men’s pants. To avoid that 70s look – buy a pair of well-fitting, slim-legged cords. Try to avoid bright colors and baggy fits. Well-tailored corduroy trousers are an excellent middle ground between formal trousers and casual jeans.
3. Dark Colored Jeans
Cards on the table, gents – I’m not saying you shouldn’t wear jeans in the winter. They’re a classic and have been considered a staple item in the stylish man’s wardrobe for over a century. It would be irresponsible not to include jeans in my list of stylish men’s pants for the colder months.
However – there is a catch. As with any item of clothing, the key to looking great while wearing jeans in the colder months is learning how to leverage fit and color.
When it comes to winter – I advise you to stick to darker colors and slim-straight fits. In the summer months, it’s common for men to wear brighter and lighter colors to match the brighter and warmer. On the flip side, darker and deeper colors are more common in the winter as the weather is colder and less vibrant. Try navy, gray, or even black jeans.
Concerning fit – a safe bet is to choose jeans that aren’t baggy or tight. The slim-straight fit is a modern take on the classic straight-leg. This fit looks slightly more tailored than regular fit jeans but isn’t skinny enough to be mistaken for Yoga pants.
4. Stylish Chinos
A man can wear different types of chinos all year round – they come in hundreds of different shades and can be made out of a multitude of different materials.
When the cold weather comes knocking – it’s important that you wear chinos that are hard wearing and thick. In the summer months, it’s possible to wear thinner chinos. However, these could be damaged by exposure to the elements in the colder seasons.
Chinos have come a long way in the last few years. It’s now possible to get hybrid chinos that maintain the smart-casual style of the traditional design while leveraging the fabrics of more hard-wearing trousers.
Jean-chinos have appeared on the market in recent years – a garment that merges the thicker fabric of jeans with the more formal cut of chinos. While I wouldn’t advise wearing these to a wedding – they could be a great option for men who want a warmer chino option when it comes to colder climates.
5. Thermal-Lined Pants
Thermal-lined pants are the big dogs when it comes to warmth in the winter months. These are pants specifically engineered to meet the needs of men who live in colder climates.
Typically, thermal-lined pants feature a cotton-polyester blend that’s perfect for durability and warmth – making these trousers perfect for boosting style in chillier climates.
These garments also feature what is known as a Tricot lining. As a fabric, Tricot is stitched in a unique zigzag weave that is textured on one side but smooth on the other. This creates a comfortable but durable lining that is soft on the inside but hard-wearing on the outside.
A word of warning – choose your thermal-lined trousers carefully. Thermal trousers are sometimes categorized as a ‘work garment.’ Typically, work garments are built for functionality over style – they may be made of high-visibility material or feature unflattering extra pockets. When purchasing, ensure that your thermal-lined pants are well fitted, monotone in color, and don’t have too many pockets on the leg!
Bonus: Thermal Underwear
Although thermal underwear isn’t strictly a contender in my list of stylish men’s pants – they are worth mentioning as they can help make thinner summer garments appropriate for the colder months.
Thermal underwear is a skin-tight garment designed to be worn underneath pants. Unlike regular underwear, they are made from an insulating material that covers the entirety of the wearer’s legs – not just the waist and thighs.
Be warned: although this garment can be invaluable to those men who need an extra layer of warmth in the winter, they do increase body temperature and can cause sweating down below.
There you have it, gentlemen. Dressing well in colder climates isn’t rocket science – it’s all about striking a balance between functionality and style.
Need more inspiration for styling your winter outfits? Check out my guide on how to dress sharp and casual during the winter.
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Published Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2022 11:40:09 +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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