Forbes recently wrote about designer Pepper Foster as he remembered a time he visited Aspen and saw a grown man dressed in a puffy down ski suit.
“The moral of that story,” he says, “is what is cute on kids does not necessarily translate into a good look for adults!” “I think the biggest mistake is that people--primarily men--make is that they think that when the weather gets cold all they need to worry about is staying warm, and they don’t bother trying to look good,” says Pepper Foster. “Trust us. You can do that and still look good.”
Cold weather does not mean to throw away all your fashion sense. What woman would want to be seen arm-in-arm next to a man dressed like a nerd?
5 Fashion Blunders to Avoid
#1 Don’t rely on only one coat.
Invest in several jackets for different types of weather and environments. If you have a business meeting, throw on a wool toggle coat over the suit. On warmer days, a heavier weight sport coat can be worn casually with a pair of slacks and dress shoes for a business-casual meeting, or with a pair of jeans.
#2 Don’t forget a stylish hat!
Scarves and hats are an excellent way to express your style. Stark & Legume Hats sport the Stetson® - a nostalgic holdover fedora from the '30's, or Eddie Bauer has a wonderful winter fleece scully, specially treated to repel water and resist stains.
#3 Don’t embarrass yourself with wearing rubbers, or galashes.
For those looking to walk around in the post-snow slush, invest in a pair of rugged leather boots for business. Arthur Beren has a great sale on Bruno Magli boxer-style quarter high boots in soft nappa leather with a rubber traction sole for ice. The normal price is $375, on sale for $187.50.
#4 Don’t wear cheap looking wool or knit gloves.
Invest on top quality leather gloves, lined in fur. They will keep your hands warm and look great with a business suit.
#5 Cashmere is in … rayon is out!
On casual days at the office, if the weather warrants wearing sweaters, try a traditionally handsome, lush alpaca v-neck pullover for only $135 by Peruvian Connection. A great value on a cotton/cashmere v-neck sweater Or, wear a button down shirt underneath a v-neck cashmere sweater.
Rayon and polyester sweaters can be spotted a mile away … they look cheap and unprofessional.
According to Andy Gilchrist, author of The Encyclopedia of Men’s Clothes, “Once you get something that is functional, and a good quality piece, you are going to feel good in it and know you look good in it as well. Outerwear like a great coat, a scarf or a hat is another mode of expression for yourself.”