3 Sharp Looks to Wear This Winter

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Our style tends to suffer during the colder months of the year, especially when it comes to our casual wear. Our thought process: If we don’t need to dress up for work, then sweatpants and the biggest sweatshirt we own under a massive parka will do just fine. But just because you need more layers when your’re off-duty, doesn’t mean getting dressed is anymore difficult. Take a look at these three casual winter outfits — they’re a breeze to pull together and will keep you warm and stylish.

1. Bookworm smart casual

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One of our favorite looks this season, which can take you from that mid-day swanky museum trip to Saturday night dinner with your partner, is the bookworm look. The turtleneck has been overlooked many times as not only a layering piece but cast off as very old school, even too Andy Warhol-y. Don a light merino wool version with a pair of weighty fabric wool flannel trousers (to bring some modernity to your outfit) and top it off a with a textured blazer, keeping with a grey/black palette. Finish off with the perfect pair of Chelsea boots. Not only will these ensure that your ankles avoid the chill when you’re waiting for a cab, but they work well with a pair of heavy wool socks to keep your feet warm. Not to mention, sans laces, they’re easy to take off and put on.

2. A Sunday visit to wherever

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Although you can wear it anywhere, this outfit is best worn if you’re going some where casual that’s just a little bit special. For example, if you’re going to meet your better half’s parents, there’s two ways you want to present yourself, barring the cold weather: respectable and neat without foregoing style.

A knitted polo shirt is a refined alternative to your trying-too-hard “going out shirt,” and if it’s paired with a cropped, tailored jacket or work shirt, it gives off just enough of a rock ‘n’ roll vibe to impress the parents. As for your bottom half, a tailored cargo pant is a hard-working and fantastic winter alternative to jeans with a much sharper silhouette to traditional cargos, which puts the smart in smart casual. Finish the outfit off with a pair of minimal white leather trainers to keep the outfit, you guessed it — casual.

3. Winter weekend walk-around

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When you’re cooped up in an office all week, sometimes the last thing you want to do is stay home and do nothing, even when it’s cold out. That means that you’re going to need to dress warm when you go out, especially if you’re planning on being outside for an extended period of time.

No winter weekend would be complete without a chunky cardigan. A thick, textured knit is sure to not only protect you against the elements but also give you some major style points when it’s teamed with a granddad or no-collar shirt. That’s right; it’s time to switch it up a bit. Be sure to wear a a bold, waterproof parka on top because any extra insulation from the elements is always smart. On your bottom half, spring for a pair of slim-fit selvedge jeans and chunky work boots to marry both form and rugged functionality perfectly.

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