In today’s world of men’s magazines and style blogs/tumblrs there is no shortage of sources telling men what and what not to wear. The motives behind many of these are questionable, so we at Stylepoints decided to take it back to the essence: your mom. Sure, our grandfathers may have been the greatest generation or whatever. They were the last ones who really cared about their appearance…before us, that is. They remain a constant source of information, but it was your mother who taught you HOW to dress. She laid the foundation. It is to her that we look for our essential fall/winter style tips.
It’s cold outside, put a coat on:
I know you see it in all the style blogs, but prancing around on a 20 degree day in your dandy sportcoat with gloves and scarf is just silly. We get it. You have style, and you want the world to see your vast collection of blazers as opposed to that same one or two overcoats you have. Fight the urge. If it’s cold enough to require a scarf and gloves, you passed coat weather a full ten degrees ago. Speaking of scarves…
Make sure you wrap that scarf really well:
Your mother’s worst fear is that your neck get too cold- that’s why she insisted that you wear a scarf. We at Stylepoints believe the scarf is an essential F/W accessory…for keeping you warm. Have you ever been walking around on a chilly fall day and thought to yourself, damn, the back of my neck is cold? More likely than not your first reaction was to close your collar. You know why? Because your chest and the front of your neck were cold. That’s what scarves are for.
It’s one thing to unrap your scarf because it got warm, it’s entirely another to stroll out of the house with your unwrapped scarf tucked into your sportcoat.
You lose 80 percent of your body heat through the top of your head:
Actually, this one comes from my mom (your mom places the figure closer to 70%).
Let’s switch gears and talk about gloves for a second. Gloves should be the final frontier of men’s accessories. Of all the accessories in a man’s wardrobe gloves are the worst. They’re clumsy, making it difficult if not impossible to use many portable electronic devices. They are far and away more likely to be lost than anything else you own, and to be truly effective, they usually have to be pretty ugly. Gloves are for when it’s just too cold for your pockets to cut it. By the time it’s that cold, your head and ears are fucking freezing.
Seriously, put a hat on. Are you afraid of hat hair? How hard is it to carry a comb or brush in your bag?
Don’t wear your good shoes out in this weather:
We believe that nice shoes are the foundation of a man’s wardrobe. They aren’t as vulnerable to fashion trends as the rest of a man’s wardrobe. Changes in metabolism/diet/exercise-habits won’t render old shoes unwearable, and with care, quality shoes can easily last a decade or more. The key word is care. Leather soled shoes are not built to withstand the elements.
If you live in an area that experiences severe winter weather, you might want to consider wearing boots, and carrying your shoes to work. If you refuse to change shoes at work because the idea of carrying shoes brings to mind images of 80′s secretaries in suits and white sneakers, then you should invest in some dainite soled dress shoes.
It should go without saying by now, but the first rule is being stylish is dressing like you’ve got common sense*
*this applies to men, and men only.