Your cold-weather looks should already be hitting their groove now that we’re well into December. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement: it’s time to take your style to the next level.
Bright-coloured outerwear cannot fail to turn heads. From burgundy to bottle green, cobalt to petrol blue, adding a touch of chromatic excitement to your winter wardrobe pays dividends if done correctly – just remember brights should be contained, so surround them with neutrals.
Graphic Crew Neck Jumper
It’s probably a good time to explain that when we say ‘graphic jumpers’ we don’t mean ‘graphic sweatshirts’ – we mean proper knitted jumpers. Like in Richard Curtis films, only, you know, cool. None of these are cooler than the crew necks in Valentino’s AW15 collection. Inspired by the art-deco styles of Australian artist Esther Stewart, the brand’s sweaters offer a bold take on 1970s knitted pullovers.
An autumn/winter fixture (owing to its party season suitability), the velvet blazer is admittedly the toughest item to wear on this list, but pulling it off will not only supercharge your formal ‘fits, it’ll make James Bond want to be mates with you. Probably.
Get it right and the world is your oyster but, as with most statement pieces, you get what you pay for. Nothing quite kills the Christmas party vibe like a cheap velvet jacket. Luckily, if you pick the right design (and treat it with the respect it deserves), you’ll only need to purchase one in your lifetime.
The perfect antidote to the skinny-jean beast Hedi Slimane unleashed a decade ago, wide-leg fits will – with any luck – have a similarly successful (re)run in the near future.
Either find yourself a pair that breaks right at the line of your trainer or roll them up a few inches for a different, slightly more Japanese-inspired aesthetic.
Shearling- (Or Faux Fur-) Trimmed Outerwear
In terms of styling, don’t overthink it: a faux fur-collared coat will bring a sense of understated luxury to any suit you have in your rotation, while a borg-collared bomber will toughen up your off-duty looks; team with heavyweight denim and a pair of rugged boots and away you go.
Maison Kitsuné and J.Crew both offer a great selection of faux shearling-lined jackets, while River Island have produced some superb detachable (key if you want to use this piece year-round) fur-collared bombers for AW15 that look a lot more expensive than they are.
Checked trousers offer up loads of chance for expression and variety, allowing you to sway between subtle (small-scale gingham and houndstooth) and standout (madras and windowpane motifs) with ease. Working well across skinny- and slim-fits, they’ll make a welcome addition to your wardrobe.