Men’s Fashion Advice – 2012 Men’s Winter Wardrobe Essentials

With temperatures continuing to drop, it’s time to take a look at your wardrobe to see if you’ve got everything you need to get through the season. This year’s menswear collections are packed full of new trends that are easy to wear, on the street and to the office, as well as being pleasingly functional too.

So it’s time to wrap up with the season’s essentials. You don’t need to splash out on a whole new wardrobe to get your look up to date. Just pick and choose from these major trends, all of which are easy to team with existing items in your closet.

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The puffa jacket

Last year was the parka this year it’s the puffa. Designers took this look to new high fashion heights this season, giving the puffa jacket a whole range of innovative twists. From contrast materials and OTT styles, to slimmed down fits and traditional fabrics like tweed, the puffa never looked so good. As well as looking on trend, these jackets offer up superior warmth for the winter, blending functionality with style for a look that’s street fresh. If you don’t want to go quite as bold as the exaggerated puffas on the catwalk, try a toned down, smartened up version like this Voi Jeans herringbone number from BANK.

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Ditch the denim

This season there’s a new tough wearing fabric in town, so it’s time to ditch the jeans. Corduroy was all over the A/W 2012 runways as fresh alternative in men’s suiting and casual trousers. Not only are they comfortably soft, they’re ultra warm too, making them the perfect choice for the cold winter months ahead. You’ll find them in a range of shades, from muted greys and browns through to eye-popping pink, so it’s easy to find a pair that’s right for you. Just make sure you stick to thin piped cords, which are easier to mix and match with existing items in your wardrobe, rather than thick piped, which can make you look bulky.

Suit up

As temperatures drop, you might want to think about upgrading your suit to a thicker fabric that’s going to give you better insulation. There was a return to traditional heavy fabrics on the runways this season, like tweed, flannel, and Donegal wool. All look exceptionally sharp no matter the colour, so long as the cut is right. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that bulkier fabric means a bulkier fit. A heavier-weight suit should still fit as slim and trim as any other in your closet. If you’re looking for some sartorial inspiration, GQ’s got a great guide designed to show you how to wear it.

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The new look hiking boot

Hiking boots have been undergoing something of a renaissance lately. A major trend for the past year or two, this year designers have been giving us fresh new twists on this boot that’s ideal for winter. New materials, contrast soles, weird shapes and hiking boot/Wellington boot hybrids livened up the menswear collections. There was also a heavy emphasis on mixing and matching materials like tweed and leather, a la Aigle’s Cartwell boots.

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