What to Wear: 5 Fashion Trends in December

Smiling man with jacket and scarf relaxing outdoors

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December 21 marks the official start of the winter season, but we’re getting a good preview of the pending cold during the dwindling days of fall. December is chock-full of excuses to dress up and look for your best — it’s the holiday season (and layering season too!), otherwise known as the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the month to really break out your knitwear, slap on a velvet blazer, and start wearing your new pair of shearling-lined sneakers, so your toes don’t freeze. Here are our picks for what you should wear in December, whether you’re looking to impress at your company holiday party, keep warm, or play with new color for the dreary days ahead.

Cashmere crewnecks and denim


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‘Tis the season of cashmere, and since it’s cold out, it’s an absolute must. It’s comfortable, cozy, and The Wall Street Journal calls the cashmere crewneck sweater “the benign king of basics,” in the most flattering way of course. A cashmere sweater is a December must because it’s such a simple, refined piece of clothing. The Journal adds that every man also needs at least one crewneck, but the trick is finding one at a reasonable price because, as most know, a cashmere crewneck reads luxury and can be very pricey. Most fast-fashion brands, like Zara, H&M, and Uniqlo offer cashmere crewneck sweaters at reasonable prices. Consider this cashmere crew-denim combo your go-to comfy sophisticated outfit for those December days when you really don’t want to think too much about what you’re going to wear. Put this outfit on, and you’ll instantly scream style.

The blue velvet blazer switcheroo

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When it comes to the holidays and all the parties you’ll be attending, one of the best styles of the season to give a try is the velvet blazer. This timeless yet unique style is easy to rock — wear it as a straight swap for a tuxedo or suit jacket in a rich blue or any other jeweled tones like forest green, emerald, black, navy, or burgundy. FashionBeans suggests that the perfect fit for the jacket is slim, rather than boxy, and should fit similarly to your suit jacket: the sleeves not too long or short, the jacket nipped at the waist, and not too broad or restrictively narrow in the shoulders or upper back.

Grey wool suit with a grey turtleneck

Ralph Lauren merino wool turtleneck sweater

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Keeping with one the biggest trends of the fall season, says The Idle Man, is the monochrome look. A grey wool suit, which is the best suit fabric for colder temperatures, looks fantastic with a grey turtleneck and is a great work outfit. Switching out your everyday white dress shirt for a soft grey fitted turtleneck is easy. Not to mention that this classic look has been worn by the most badass men in cinema history — think James Bond himself, Sean Connery, and the always classically handsome and eternally, stylishly youthful Robert Redford. Here are some other great turtleneck outfit options from the Style Girlfriend.

Outerwear vest with a chunky knit cardigan


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Take advantage of this combo before it’s way too cold outside and your only viable option becomes a Canadian Goose Parka. This combo looks great with your work attire underneath — your dress shirt and tie, with the chunky knit wool cardigan and down outerwear vest to finish off the look. This sporty yet sophisticated look is a great way to switch up your December winterwear. If you want to brighten your winter blues, try the vest in burnt orange, green, or blue.

Long sleeve henley shirt with a shearling coat

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This combo is another one to take advantage of before the mercury drops to hibernation levels. The shearling coat has undoubtedly been the “it” coat of the season, shown by the likes of Coach, Tom Ford, and Hermes. It’s warm and exudes a rugged quality. “It’s a guy’s guy kind of material,” said Frederik Dyhr, the vice president of men’s design of the British brand Belstaff, to The Wall Street Journal. “Shearling offers a way for guys to wear a more luxurious material that doesn’t feel precious.” It’s comfy, cozy, and you’ll feel like a manly outdoorsman, especially when you wear a long-sleeve Henley underneath this ’70s inspired coat.

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