Autumn/Winter Style Hacks And Tips
Layer a roll-neck under everything
The roll-neck revival is in full swing this autumn/winter. This time around, it’s less about creating a suave 60s aesthetic and more about adding an interesting layer (and important insulation) to your favourite ‘fits. Rather than swapping a shirt for one, try wearing both as a subtler way of winter-proofing your suit. Or, for a more casual approach, layer a T-shirt over one for a seasonal update of summer’s skate styles. Apply the roll-neck like a fashion-forward base coat and feel the benefit.
Years of wearing loose, long, lines may make the thought of tucking in your top half fill you with dread, but this strong styling move will add an edge to your outfit and trap in the heat. Use a simpler high-quality knit as a thicker alternative to a long-sleeved top and tuck into loose-cut trousers to stop things looking stuffy. If you’re not quite brave enough to break the habit of a lifetime, keep your outer layer loose and lock in the heat underneath by tucking in your bottom layer, pulling your socks right up and always, always wear long-johns when you can.
Put the boot in
The message here is simple – invest in good winter boots. You might think you’re not a boots man and, sure, your trainers are pretty fresh, but they won’t stop your toes feeling the chill when temperatures plummet. Thick, durable leather and ample ankle coverage will provide your long-suffering feet with the protection they’ve been waiting for. Try work, desert, Chelsea or military styles for the smartest move you’ll make this winter.
Keep your core warm with a vest
Not quite a coat, but basically as warm, the vest's dynamic design makes it a favourite among mountaineering types and fashion-week folk. We’re not just talking thick puffer styles – streetwear labels like Carhartt have developed workwear variants with thinner padding. Choose an appropriate thickness for your personal thermostat and wear yours over a sweatshirt on warmer days, or layered under smarter coats to warm up sharper getups. For a more interesting take, reverse the look and layer a boxy gilet over a minimal jacket.
Invest in thicker fabrics
When you think of cold-weather kit you think of The North Face, Patagonia and Canada Goose, but there are more low-key ways to keep the chill at bay. It might sound obvious but thicker fabric will make everyday styles all the more wearable, so try trading in your wafer-thin jeans, combats and chinos for corduroy, wool trews or thick workpants. And switching skin-tight cuts for straight or wide-legged styles will allow air to circulate, heat up against your skin and, in turn, keep your pins toastily temperate for longer.