When it comes to winter, it truly is all about keeping warm. After the pristine white snow has turned slushy and ugly, there truly is nothing else that can keep one’s mind away from the fact that it is frigid outside. Despite that truly bone-chilling fact, there thankfully still are small ways to look good while also being warm. As it is often said, everything is in the details. In the case of winter menswear, those details are the winter accessories that are often overlooked as trivial pieces that can’t mesh form and function together. Luckily, that isn’t the case.
As it is to be expected, the essential winter accessories are the scarf, the tuque, and last but certainly not least, the gloves. When used in a knowledgeable manner, these three pieces can keep one warm and stylish all at the same time. The key to achieving that is not being afraid of embracing colour, patterns and textures. When those three elements are incorporated into one’s decision-making process, only good things lie ahead.
On the subject of the scarf, I would highly recommend either purchasing one that features either an eye-catching yet mature pattern or an equally arresting bold colour. If you have more of a penchant for patterns, the easiest ones to incorporate into one’s winter attire are without a doubt stripes. Be it large in-your-face stripes, small -barely-stripes, or a refined mix of both, striped scarves are definitely the way to go this winter. The great thing about stripes is that they add a highly-appreciated graphic element to any outfit in a manner that is still subdued and completely business-appropriate. Stripes catch the eye, for all the right reasons. Furthermore, stripes are an excellent way of color-blocking with a wide range of winter-appropriate colours that can go with all winter attire. As mentioned in AskMen, “great fabrics for scarves are wool, cotton and fleece” because of their classic versatility.
When it comes to tuques, I would strongly suggest sticking to a solid colour seeing as a tuque is supposed to act as a functional complement to a winter outfit. Additionally, you don’t want to direct all the attention away from your actual outfit, and instead to your head by wearing a tuque with a graphic print or excessively gaudy tones. Accordingly, if you want to try something that isn’t black or grey, I would recommend choosing winter hues like burgundy, army green, navy blue or even brown. However, just remember that for tuques it’s all about simplicity.
In regards to the final element of the trio of winter accessories, gloves are a great way to have fun with new materials and textures. A material I would certainly suggest experimenting with is leather. Because of it’s natural “hard” edge, leather is a fantastic way of adding a certain visual intrigue to an outfit mainly composed of dark solids (i.e. all winter outfits). As stated in Sharp for Men, be it in black or buttery camel, brown or even burgundy, leather “can help you show some character” in a sublime manner that exudes modern elegance.
All in all, winter accessories are a great way of breathing life into any winter outfit. The cold becomes a second-thought when you look so damn good.