An important part of dressing for warmth is knowing what fabrics you’re wearing, because many are warmer than others. The two best fabric choices for dressing in cold climates are cotton and wool.
A more modern alternative that has introduced itself is the use of Under Armour to keep warm. Under Armour, when worn as your first layer, will hug your body which will not add on extra girth. It’s important to remember to no one is going to see what’s under your outer layers, so there is nothing wrong with wearing something like Under Armour as a bottom layer. It may not be very formal, but what matters here is staying warm.
Wearing a sweater is a great addition to an outfit, and it will also provide you with an extra layer for the cold weather. If you need to stay warm, the best way to go would be wool. It comes in many different varieties and it’ll keep you warm.
One of the most popular types of wool, especially for formal wear, is cashmere. Cashmere is a very soft and luxurious type of wool, and it is quite warm in cold climates.
There are many different patterns available when choosing a sweater, and the key when picking a pattern out if to remember that you’re going to have many layers and articles on, so making sure that the sweater compliments these things is crucial. Wearing an extremely loud, bright, or busy sweater will take attention away from the rest of your outfit.
Conservative colors that correspond with the season will allow you the best opportunity to put together a complete look. For winter, darker colors and heavier fabrics usually work best. Consider navy blues, forest greens, and browns.
Types of sweater patterns:
Men’s Argyle Sweater Pattern – offers a sporty, diamond pattern. Comes in a variety of colors to allow many coordination opportunities.
Men’s Cable Knit Sweater Pattern – Stitch that produces a vertical cable pattern by crossing groups of knitting stitches over each other.
Fatigue Sweater Pattern – pullover in firm rib knit, small v-neck yoke, round turnover collar (almost shawl) and a five button closing at neck. Fairly thick, so great for winter time.
Men’s Overcoats and Topcoats
People confuse these two types of coats and often use them interchangeably, but they each have a specific function and purpose. A topcoat is not meant for colder climates. It is to be worn in the spring or fall as it is thinner than the overcoat. A man’s overcoat is meant to be worn over suit and dinner jackets, and are worn outside.
When dressing up in cold weather, an overcoat is essential. It should be made of wool because it will be the warmest and most flexible, and it should be worn so the bottom reaches anywhere from 6-8 inches below the knee. This will help in keeping you legs warm . Lastly, if shopping for an overcoat, it should be a size larger than your suit jacket.