Keep Your Cool This Winter: A 12-Step Plan


When it’s cold, some guys shrivel up and die inside their coats. Don’t be that guy. Instead, do as Glee’s Harry Shum Jr. does and walk into the office like winter is another chance to impress

1. Get Your Weight Up
Thanks to this latest fashion trend, you won’t be freezing your ass off at work this winter. It’s all about heavier weights, from your socks to your topcoat.

Coat, $1,595, and pants, $295 by Burberry London. Sweater, $198 by J.Crew. Shirt, $62 by Reiss. Tie, $120 by Pierrepont Hicks. Shoes, $945 by Brunello Cucinelli. Socks by Brooks Brothers. Gloves and bag by Jack Spade.

Suit, $1,470 and sweater-vest, $148, Gant by Michael Bastian. Shirt, $108 by Saturdays NYC. Tie, $125 by David Hart & Co. Shoes, $1,750 by Giorgio Armani. Socks, $30 (three-pack) by Lands’ End. Scarf, $99 by Smart Turnout. Hat, $20 by Topman. Gloves, $100 by LaCrasia Gloves.

2. Electrify the Flannel Suit: Three Ways to Wear It with ‘Tude
The gray flannel suit? Kinda simple—and that’s always been the whole idea. But we like how it plays once you build all the modern trappings around it. These are our three favorite ways to give your grays a swift kick in the seat.

a) Layer up with a down vest and you can leave the topcoat at home.

Suit, $525 by Calvin Klein. Vest, $450 by Columbia Sportswear + Jeffrey New York. Shirt, $150 by Gitman Vintage. Tie, $125 by Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers. Shoes, $650 by Florsheim by Duckie Brown. Socks by Paul Stuart. Tie bar by The Tie Bar. Pocket square by Lands’ End Canvas.

b) This is the artiste approach to tying a scarf: tossed-off, not arty-farty. For a more composed knot, see number 3.

Suit, $2,795 by Giorgio Armani. Shirt, $320 by Thom Browne New York. Tie, $140 by Alexander Olch. Shoes, $625 by Alejandro Ingelmo. Socks by Falke. Cap by Borsalino at JJ Hat Center. Scarf. by Dolce & Gabbana. Pocket square by Robert Talbott.

c) Nothing boring about gray flannel when you’re making a smart play on proportion, like mixing tiny gingham checks with big ol’ argyle diamonds.

Suit, $595 by DKNY. Sweater, $850 by Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers. Shirt, $360 by Thom Browne New York. Tie, $150 by Dsquared2. Shoes, $550 by Allen Edmonds. Socks by Smart Turnout. Pocket square by The Tie Bar.

3. Know This Knot
It’s very Englishman-at-university: the slipknot. Fold a striped scarf in half, hang it over the back of your neck, and thread the tails through the loop. Keeps you warm enough to skip the coat, and God knows we could all stand to look smarter.

Vest, $60 by Lands’ End. Scarf, $50 by Coal. Sports jacket by J.Crew.

4. Tread Heavily
If Joe Strummer had been a CPA, he would’ve worn boots with his suits. It doesn’t get more macho, it’s totally within office dress code, and it’s still the smartest way to get to work when the streets are running with slush. You can pull this off. Trust us.

Boots, $640 by J.Lindeberg. Pants by Club Monaco.

5. Get Some Tech Support
When the windchill is so punishing you simply cannot dork around with anything that hasn’t been trek-tested, layer a techy parka in a dark color over your work suit. Just please—please!—make sure the parka is longer than your suit jacket.

Coat, $200 by Uniqlo +J. Suit, $1,390 by Salvatore Ferragamo. Shirt, $60 by Topman. Tie, $180 by Brunello Cucinelli. Gloves by Ben Sherman.

6. Be a Knit-Picker
At the risk of sounding like your mom, put on your hat, scarf, and gloves, boys. Nothing worse than a guy who thinks he’s too tough to dress as warmly as possible for winter. Frozen fingers aren’t cool.

Hat, $190 by Bally. Gloves, $9 by Marcus Adler. Scarf, $170 by Dsquared2.

7. Winterize Your Ties
We’re not gonna try to tell you wool ties are going to save you from frostbite or the shivers. They just look real good with heavyweight fabrics like your flannels and tweeds. A shiny silk tie doesn’t jibe with corduroy.

Ties, from left:
Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers, $125
Gitman Vintage, $80
Alexander Olch, $140
Riviera Club, $125

8. Plow Ahead…Even in Dress Shoes
Suiting up is all about proportion, proportion, proportion. So if you’re wearing a winter-weight suit, an oxford cloth shirt, and a woolly tie, you want chunkier shoes—with no-nonsense rubber treads—so everything’s of a piece. They might get a little wet or scuffed, but that’s the point.

Shoes, from left:
Z Zegna, $595
Allen Edmonds, $249
Mark McNairy New Amsterdam, $450
Brunello Cucinelli, $890

9. Take a Vested Interest
We want to buy a hot toddy for the staggering genius who first thought to chop the arms off his sweater. You know, so they don’t bulk up your suit sleeves. Also: The sweater-vest is an easy way to mix in some doldrum-shattering hits of color.

Suit, $646 by J.Crew. Vest, $118 by Tommy Hilfiger. Shirt, $150 by Gitman Vintage. Bow tie, $95 by Billy Reid. Shoes, $255 by Walk-Over. Socks by Pantherella. Pocket square by The Tie Bar.


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