(blazer - Bar iii | trousers - Club Monaco | sweater - Express | shirt - Mexx)
As I'm sure you've all noticed, I am a huge fan of layering and using different fabrics to stay warm in the winter. Adding some wool pieces to your wardrobe is a unique and f#&king awesome way of staying warm, and looking cool. I'm sure everyone living in a cold weather climate can say they have at least one wool sweater in their closet. On those colder days where a wool sweater just isn't cutting it, wool outerwear like a blazer and trousers may be the perfect items to protect you from Jack Frost (god, look at that suit).
Now, you don't have to think of this look as a wool suit--by that, I mean, don't freak out if your pants and blazer aren't the same color, brand, etc. The material is what brings this look together, not the color. Instead of trying to get trousers that are probably two shades off your blazer, just get colors that compliment each other. This does, obviously, make the look less formal, but it will make you appear very well put together whether you are dressing smart to business casual.
In the winter time, you probably want to wear more than just a wool jacket and a shirt. This is where you can sub in different sweaters from your arsenal. A few posts ago, I layered a half-zip sweater under a blazer. Here, I chose a white, henley-style sweater to give it more of a winter vibe. If you're feeling courageous, you can even try one of your wool sweaters that we were talking about previously.
Now, let's discuss how to size your wool blazer. When we're talking about a wool blazer, we obviously plan on wearing it during the colder months of the year. That being said, if you want to wear your blazer as outerwear and layer sweaters, you should size it appropriately. When you're at your local shop, just go a size up from what you would normally throw on (it is still going to fit snugly, just not as snugly). For example, I usually wear a 38R, but my wool blazer is a 40R. The up-sizing just leaves a little extra room for some thicker layering.
I know I just did a post on colorful shoe laces, but sometimes neutral colors are more appropriate. With this look, the fabrics convey a stark feel that matches the weather outside, so there's nothing wrong with playing it safe when it comes to your laces. If you're worried you look too "washed out", throw on a colorful shirt under the sweater like I did here.
- Grab some wool. It comes from wolves (inside joke).
- When layering on a cold day, don't be afraid to try any sweaters you've got in the old closet--even a cardigan.
- When shopping for a winter blazer, go one size up and leave room for vests and sweaters.
- Don't be afraid to wear bracelets and watches on the same arm, stacking can look excellent if done correctly.
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