March 2, 2014

Style Feature: Winter Pic(k)s


Spring may be just around the corner, but you wouldn’t know it from the weather. For this post I wanted to focus on some key pieces that I think should be a part of every winter wardrobe.

1. Sweater


Winter doesn’t have to mean dark and muted colors (not that there’s anything wrong with that).  A good way to introduce brighter colors back into your wardrobe in anticipation of spring is with a light sweater. In the winter, I prefer jewel tones to get that pop without looking too summery.

Extra Tip : I like v-neck sweaters over crew necks because I find them to be more versatile. Just as appropriate under a suit as with jeans.

Extra Tip II : An extra long scarf gives you more options when it comes to staying warm. Wrap it up tight or let it hang loose depending on the weather.

Pea coat by AllSaints; Sweater by Nautica; Shirt by Uniqlo; Denim by PPD;
Sneakers by Penguin; Scarf by Burberry; Gloves by French Connection;
Sunglasses by Alexander McQueen

2. Tailored Separates


I’m all for dressing seasonally. Not only does it add a thoughful touch to your outfit, but seasonal fabrics can also be incredibly practical. Layering tailored wool pieces is not only stylish, it will keep you warm without added bulk.


Extra Tip : Be judicious with mixing patterns. There is a fine line between coordinating and trying too hard, so when in doubt, err on the conservative side.


Extra Tip II : Have fun with your scarves. Colors and patterns are ways to set yourself apart. Personally, I love Psycho Bunny because of the whimsy their logo offers.

Jacket by AllSaints; Vest by Umit Benan; Shirt by Uniqlo;
Trousers by Nautica; Tie and scarf by Psycho Bunny;
Shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo; Socks by Corgi

3. Henley


Henleys are great year round, but particularly during the winter as a layering piece. You can wear them as a base, mid, or top layer for completely different looks, and the color, pattern, and texture options are almost endless so you’re sure to find one that works for you.

Extra Tip : A chunky cardigan is another good layering piece. When it’s a little warmer it can replace a wool coat and when it’s bitterly cold it will keep you extra warm.

Sweater by John Varvatos Star USA; Shirt by AllSaints;
Henley by Perry Ellis; Chinos by Ted Baker; Boots by John Varvatos;
Pea coat (in hand) by INC; Scarf by Burberry; Gloves by French Connection

People often write off winter fashion because you spend so much time covered by a coat, but with the right combination of layers and fabrics you can feel warm and stylish no matter how long the winter lasts.

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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