A Gentleman’s Quick Guide to Winter Suits

When the temperature outside starts to drop, it’s time to push the lightweight wool, silk and linen suits to the back of the closet and opt for something bit warmer. The fabric and the added accessories you choose to pair with your winter suit will elevate your look while being able to bear the winter weather. I’ve made a quick a guide on what to consider when styling your winter suits so that you can keep on looking cool while staying warm all season long.

Experiment with Separates

Each season, I like to blend a separates look into my wardrobe because it allows me to get creative with my styling. For this particular outfit, I stick to the basics by pairing my dark green jacket, light blue shirt and knit tie with off-white trousers. As always, I complete my look with one of my favorite printed pocket squares to add more flair. This jacket is a wool and cashmere fabric blend making it perfect for the winter. When selecting the softest wool and cashmere fabrics, I choose E. Thomas for my suits and sport jackets. It’s an Italian mill that produces top quality fabrics since the 1920’s ranging from wool with silk, cashmere, mohair and linens with unique features.

Enhance Your Look with Layers

Layering your winter suits is key to keeping you warmer and also gives you an opportunity to express your sense of style. You can layer a suit or sport jacket with a cardigan, turtleneck or crewneck sweater. Since winter suits tend to be made in darker colors, try to compliment your looks with bold printed accessories or a stand out piece. Remember to always have fun with it.

Mix Heavier Weight Fabrics and Textures

For winter suits, the most used fabrics consist of wool and cashmere. These soft textures are thicker, heavier and will keep you toasty during the cooler season. This look features herringbone fabric, which is a must have texture for the winter. For those who are not familiar with herringbone, it gets its name from how it resembles a fish skeleton. This classic and sophisticated print is probably one of the easiest patterns a man can wear. Herringbone is mostly used during the fall and winter seasons because of its heavier weight. As you may notice, I like to wear my suede double monk shoes with my heavier winter wool suits. Not only are suede shoes more common during the fall/winter season, but mixing these textures gives a more impactful appearance to your suits.

Just because it’s winter does not mean your style needs to be dull. Experiment with layering and mixing different fabrics and textures to achieve your signature look. Guys, what are some of the ways you like to wear your winter suits? Let me know in the comments below.

Details:

LOOK ONE (All from Suitsupply) – Dark Green Jacket, Trousers, Shirt, Tie (similar look), Shoes
LOOK TWO (All from Suitsupply) – Suit, Waistcoat, Tie, Shoes

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