It seemed like only yesterday we were breaking out the cotton shirts and sandals. Now the winter is drawing in, the nights are getting darker and there’s a chill in the air. It’s time to break out the winter favourites. The big jackets come out of the closet and the chunky boots are back by the door. Invariably we can only find one of last year’s gloves and an old scarf that your Grandma knitted. If this is the case, it’s time to hit the shops and stock up on new accessories.
Accessories are a tricky thing to get right for men. There’s a fine balance to be found in order to match our existing wardrobe and winter boots. In winter, it’s best to look for dark, solid materials. Winter is the perfect time for leathers, cashmere and wool. Look for deep, warm colours like chocolate browns and caramels. However, if you have the creative flair, an accessory is the perfect time to inject some colour into the winter outfit. Warm oranges, for example, can work quite well here.
Leather bags are a good choice all year round. They work with your pastel Oxford shirts in summer and they will work for you in winter. Those deep, rich leather tones match perfectly with trench coats and other jackets. A handheld leather bag and a timeless glove is another perfect match. If you’re after a bit more stability, a sturdy rucksack can work for you as well. Just choose a simple, dark colour.
A men’s scarf is a tough one to get right. Too thin and too much pattern can look a little feminine. However, a thick chunky wool will look clunky and oversized around your neck. It will also irritate you beyond belief. A thin wool is a great option here. Try to stick to caramel tones, blacks and greys. That way it will generally match anything that you wear it with. A lot of men can pull off the thinner, lighter fabrics, but keep the patterns simple.
The best trick I can offer when it comes to hats is to find the most comfortable. A wool hat can look good but if you spend every 5 minutes scratching, it’ll look silly. Plus, you’ll stop wearing it after a day. Try a few and see what fabrics work best with your head! Browse RagRetail.com for darker colours. Again steer clear from bright colours unless you can match it perfectly to an outfit. The classic ski cap or fisherman cap is a solid choice.
Take the same colour advice with woolen gloves. Again, If they itch you, avoid them. The black leather glove is a classic for men. They work with just about any outfit you can throw at them. Plus, leather is strong and will keep the weather out. Unless you’re going skiing, avoid chunky athletic gloves. You’ll lose all grip and dexterity.
Experiment with what works best for you and the wardrobe you already have. Find the right balance between comfort and style. Finally, stick to dark colours, unless you’re feeling creative and can match it up. Now you’re all set to brave the cold!