As much as I hate to admit it, the winter season is upon us. Bring on the chilly weather, the rain (and for some of you, the snow) and the months of gray skies. Ugh.
Obviously, I’m more of a summer and sunny skies kind of guy, but I guess the colder months can have their perks. Namely, the chance to layer! Yes, I’m geeking out over layering right now. Layering is the one thing I look forward to about the more frigid months, as I consider it an art as well as an opportunity to put together some really cool textures and colors in your outfits. I should probably address this in a separate post…
Anyway, I digress. My friend Joe from dappered.com blesses us with several affordable options when it comes to cold weather necessities. Check them out below.
1. A Blazer with Texture
Fall and winter are the layering seasons. And layering with a nubby wool, corduroy, or even thick brushed cotton blazer is a fool proof way to look better than the sweater wearing masses. Add a scarf and gloves and you’ll be set for those crisp nights that aren’t quite cold enough for a heavy wool coat.
Corduroy: Slim Fit Corduroy blazer by INC – $69.98
Brushed Cotton: Banana Republic Tailored Cotton Herringbone Blazer – $250.00
Wool Mix: Gap Wool Mix Blazer – $98.00
100% Wool: L.L. Bean Signature Tweed Blazer – $195.00
Wool mix is acceptable and more affordable, but 100% wool blazers will feel better and hold their shape.
2. Merino Wool Socks
These aren’t your Grandpa’s hunting socks. They’re thicker than your normal cotton sock, but nowhere near as bulky. Wear them with everything but your suits. Even with classic canvas sneakers that are usually too thin for the winter.
Look for Wigwam’s Merino Wool sock line. They’re widely available (even at Shopko), cheap, made in the USA, and entirely washable.
3. Non-Boring Leather Gloves
Everyone has a pair of leather gloves with the three stitch design across the top. Upgrade to a pair that’s a little different. Think quilted cross stitching on the exterior, a racing inspired snap clasp at the wrist, or a combination leather and knit glove.
Express Leather Glove with Knit trim – $39.90
Ugg Australia Leather Gloves with Knit Sidewalls – $95.00
Johnston and Murphy Cashmere Lined Snap Sheepskin Gloves – $98.00
Polo Quilted Lined Leather Moto Glove – $66.00 (sale)
4. Some Facial Hair
You don’t need to go all Zach Galifianakis and look like you’ve been cutting lumber in British Columbia. But a bit of well groomed facial hair is more than acceptable in almost all places of work. Just keep your neck shaved smooth, and your beard lines on your face well defined. The more stubble creep you allow, the less polished it looks.
Tired of the mess you see in and around the sink after trimming your beard? This beard and stubble trimmer from Philips Norelco comes equipped with a whisker capturing vacuum. At first it sounds like a gimmick, but after you use it a few times you realize it really does cut down on the mess by about 90%.
5. A Flask
Taking pulls from a flask in the dead of summer means you might have a bit of a problem. But using a flask to carry and consume dark rum, whiskey, or bourbon after the leaves have started to fall is just too enjoyable to pass up. Use it to spike coffee or hot chocolate, or take it for a walk with you while you listen to a Saturday afternoon football game. Just be responsible, inconspicuous, and aware of your city’s public drinking laws.
Joe Weber is the founder and director of Dappered.com. Focusing on affordable men’s style, Dappered is a source for men who want to look good, but also value not going broke in the process. You can reach him at [email protected].