The leaves are falling and there’s a chill in the air but we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to sacrifice warmth and comfort for style. Your winter wardrobe needn’t reflect the dull and dreary British weather, as it can be at this time of year, it can be just as vibrant as your summer attire.
Experiment with layering
Layering is the key to staying warm and looking sharp during cold weather. It simply means layering pieces of clothing on top of one another, for example, wearing a sweater on top of a button-down shirt and throwing a puffer jacket on top.
It’s a brilliant way to add interest and complexity to your winter outfits by playing around with different textures and patterns whilst helping you to stay snug and toasty whatever the weather.
A layer of knitwear is essential when layering for winter, and one of the best fabrics out there is wool
Wool reacts to your body’s own temperature, which means that it will keep you warm while keeping you from overheating. It’s also odour and water-resistant.
Remember, always wear thin layers on the inside and thicker layers on the outside. A sweater goes on top of a shirt and a thick jacket goes on top of the sweater. This creates a balanced look and makes it easy to remove the top layers in case it gets warmer – thank you, unpredictable British weather.
Invest in good quality knitwear
Knitwear is your absolute best friend during the winter season. Not only will a good-quality sweater (made from materials like wool, cashmere or cotton) keep you warm, dry and comfy it will be a go-to item that will see you through the winter season and beyond.
Here’s a quick cheat-sheet:
- For casual, sporty outfits – choose a half zip sweater or a thick, cable-knit crew neck.
- For a classy, modern outfit – wear a turtleneck or a roll neck sweater. Go for a slim fit that will highlight your silhouette and shoulders.
- For an easy smart-casual look – throw a crew neck or a v‑neck sweater on top of your favourite button-down shirt.
- For a sophisticated yet relaxed look – choose a shawl neck cardigan.
There really is a sweater out there for every occasion to compliment any style and outfit!
Choose the right coat
Your coat is usually the first thing that others will notice about you. It also sets the tone for the rest of your outfit. Choose one that fits your personal style – this way it will naturally work well with the rest of the clothes in your wardrobe.
But how to choose a coat that’s both practical AND stylish?
Invest in higher quality pieces that will keep you warm for many years to come. One of the best fabrics to look out for is, once again, wool. A wool overcoat is always a great choice! It looks refined and elegant and will keep you well protected from the elements. When choosing a coat, it’s best to opt for neutral colours like grey, charcoal or camel as those will get on well with most other colours, making it easier to layer pieces together.
Carefully choosing your accessories will help you make your outfits appear more thought-out and put together, creating an overall polished look. Luckily, there are so many great winter accessories to choose from!
Here are our top picks for you:
• Pair of leather biker gloves, paired with a nice watch.
• Tartan scarf.
• Good old tweed cap.
• Fun pair of socks to express your personality and style.
County Clothes have been serving our stylish customers for over 45 years now.
We stock fine quality clothing in a wide range of sizes, including long fittings for the taller man and many garments measuring up to a 52” chest.
From classic and modern suits, sports jackets and wax jackets, to stylish knitwear, shirts and accessories, and traditional English shoes, our range of menswear is handpicked to offer a superb choice of classic brands and contemporary styles. All of our sales staff have an expert knowledge of the clothes and accessories in our collection, and will be happy to assist you.
For more information call your local branch.
Canterbury – 01227 765294
Sevenoaks – 01732 454068
Reigate – 01737 249224
Tenterden – 01580 765159
Bexhill-on-Sea – 01424 210123