It’s a week before the beginning of winter and the fall is ending. And while choosing the right coat can be perplexing when it’s 30 degrees in the morning, 65 at lunch and 45 during your commute home, it’s important that we begin to bundle up. Three months ago we spent some time looking at the must-haves for a man’s fall closet, but it’s time to refresh our list with Five Things Every Man Should Have In His Closet This Winter.
1. Full-length Wool Coat – Let’s get the formalities out of the way. Your trench coat doesn’t stand a chance against this winter and it’s no longer cool to wear a North Face with slacks. Therefore, it’s time to invest in a Full or Three-Quarter length Wool Coat. The most important thing about this piece of fashion is warmth and length. You want it to fit, but warmth is critical. Make sure it’s a slightly heavy wool, and not too long that you end up tripping when trying to walk. Depending on your shade you want to pick a color that works for you. I prefer a black coat, but the khaki and navy blue may work better for you. Ralph Lauren sells some awesome coats, but Syms is about to go out of business, so you can probably get one from last season there if you don’t want to spend Ralph Lauren money.
2. Cardigans and V-Neck Sweaters – Drake isn’t the only one who should know how to wear a nice sweater. All men should keep an excellent collection of sweaters. First, do me a favor, reach into your bottom drawer and take out those sweaters with words on the front. We’ve all worn our share of chaps, or other logo embossed sweaters. Throw them away immediately. Let’s go shopping for a nice cardigan or v-neck sweater. Personally, I’m more of a v-neck, shirt and tie kind of guy. I’ve got tons in every color possible. Again, match your sweater with your shade. For the darker men, a nice yellow sweater works great, for the lighter men, a nice pink sweater goes a long way with the ladies. Listen up brothers because this is a tip that’s going to take you far, the color for 2012 is Orange. Plan accordingly.
3. Dress Boots and Trendy Socks – You’ll need to have boot that gives you a bit more warmth than your typical dress shoes. I prefer a Black or Gray leather boot with a slight heel. Anything to high makes it obvious you’re compensating for something. You can grab an affordable pair at Kenneth Cole or Aldo, but if you’re like me, Cole Haan has a Wingtip Dress Boot that’s pretty hot. Also, you’ll be spending a lot of time in the weathers, so when you visit friends, it’s shoes off at the door! That’s why it’s imperative that you step your sock game up. At a minimum no holes in your sock and make sure they don’t smell. Brown shoes go with blue or brown socks (never black). Black shoes get black or dark gray socks (never brown or blue) and at this point, unless you’re heading to your local gym for a workout – you really don’t need white socks at all. For my Caribbean folks, please wear socks. Let your feet be great though, novelty socks are trending these days and are an excellent way to show that you appreciate warmth, but can keep it fashionable. I have my own personal place where I shop for socks, but you can start with Happy Socks and then go from there. Sorry guys, I can’t let you know where I’m shopping for my socks. I love the exclusivity.
4. Accessorize with Hats, Scarves and Gloves – If you’re a slim or slender guy, I would tend to recommend the Fedora, for the stocky guys, go for a driving cap. To be honest with you, those rules aren’t etched in stone, so do what you want, nobody’s checking. Next is your scarf, for men, we tend to do fashion out of necessity and completely miss out on the memo… Women love a nicely dressed and groomed man. Think for a moment, how much do women love scarves? A lot, so that’s why it’s important that you love your winter scarf just as much. I prefer a lengthy cashmere scarf, I’m a big fan of ribs and checkers. Some people prefer crinkles, but those aren’t as warm. After you get your scarf, visit this site to find some really neat knots to take it to the next level. For your gloves, I call them OJs, but they are basically leather driving gloves. Should be a tight fit so that you don’t lose your mobility, I hate loose fitting gloves.
5. Andis T-Outliner – Us men like to let our beards and goatees grow out during the winter. Women love facial hair, but they hate messy facial hair. So you need to be groomed accordingly. Here’s where I recommend you do like most Black men and get an Andis T-Outliner. Simply put, most Black men have no business letting a straight edge razor go anywhere near your face. And when it comes to shaping there’s nothing better. Invest in a pair now and they’ll last you a long time.
So here’s what you’re most likely to find in my closet, but I’m always interested to hear from the fellas what they’ve been eyeing this winter and what they hope to see under their Christmas tree from the lady in your life, even if that’s your mother. Also, ladies, what say you about winter fashion? Have you noticed something that you would recommend the fellas grab the next time they’re at Macy’s? And also, what are some of your must-haves for yourself? It’s a winter going on out there, no man is safe from, or as my main man Freeway said, “It’s cold winter, y’all [negros] better bundle up!.”
– Dr. J
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