Making sure you look good all the time can be a total pain in the unmentionables. Especially at this time of year, when the cold and the rain looks like it is here to stay, it is easy to go for convenience rather than style. As long as we are warm, who cares how we look, right?
That’s a question that we should really spend more time concerning ourselves with, as the worse the weather gets, the less we feel the need to make any effort at all.
The reality is that no matter how cold or damp it gets, or how deep the snow is, there is simply no excuse for dressing poorly, or heading out without having had a shave, or with messy, unstyled hair.
If you manage to keep your style consistent, you will be onto a winner. You don’t need to be overly flamboyant or grab attention with what you wear. Quiet, simple, smart attire will win the day. Here’s how you can dress down, but dress well and look amazing.
Smart With Trainers
With sportswear being a huge part of mainstream fashions like never before, it is easy to include things such as trainers in even smarter get-ups and get away with it, and that’s what we did to great effect here.
Get yourself a pair of classic trainers – go for plimsolls if you find trainers are too sporty – and pair them up with grey tailored trousers. Throw on a plain long-sleeved t-shirt in a color of your choosing, and finish with a chunky, knee-length, belted cardigan.
The key to this look is getting the size of the cardigan correct. One size too big and the look will be too casual. You want perfect sizing for a sophisticated and smart look.
Simple Yet Smart
You buy a winter wardrobe and then along comes a mild day leaving you with nothing to wear. When this happens, as it inevitably, will, go for a simple look that brings together dark denim, smart ankle boots, a t-shirt and a varsity sports jacket, again in a darker color. If you want to add lighter tones then do this in the form of a hat and scarf combination, keeping the main body of the look dark.
The re-emergence of the roll neck jumper into men’s fashion this year means that you can easily pull of a classic winter gentleman look. Pair brown corduroy trousers with the footwear of your choice – desert boots would be our poison – and wear with a cream roll neck and navy pea coat, the essential men’s wardrobe item for the winter.
Three winter looks, all effortless and dressing down smarter looks, yet leaving you looking well dressed and feeling great all throughout the season.
Kate is an established Muslim fashion guru, who has traveled the world offering advice on everything from kaftan dresses to hijabs to jeans. Kate has been in the industry for about 15 years, and now resides in London.