In April this year, I wrote an article on dressing for Autumn. I then followed it up with an article on coats. Today, I introduce you to a few winter essentials. I also answer the hottest question in the media at the moment (maybe not absolute hottest)… Will Hugh Jackman be seen in a manket this winter?
Shoes are a style component often overlooked by guys. However, from my personal market research am solely (no pun intended) noticing a huge improvement in guys and their shoes. My research is based on nothing statistical; just my “gut feel” as I venture around Sydney looking at people’s feet. Shoes are seasonal and colours can make your winter essentials get noticed.
Complete a contemporary look with these comfortable desert boots. The sleek design and smooth urban appeal of Aquila Doyel Charcoal makes it a staple to complement casual attire. This round toe suede lace-up boot rests on a contrasting black rubber sole offering comfort and style. I would encourage slim jeans to show them off.
For me, wearing a leather jacket is difficult. Let me explain. I love leather jackets, but I look like a mafia boss when don on the black leather. No offense to any authentic mafia bosses out there, but I lack most qualities associated with one, so the perfect leather jacket has escaped me. I’ve also longed for Tyler Durden’s (Brad Pitt in Fight Club if you are not an earthling) Red Leather Jacket, but I think it takes a bit of a rock star to wear that. Unfortunately, I’m neither of the two roles previously discussed, so I’m still on the look out for a leather jacket that suits me. Either way it’s a winter essential you really can’t go without.
Perhaps a cool brown leather jacket would suit me. I mean, my hair is a little different, but I’m off to super-impose my head on Hugh’s body to see how it looks… let me know if you see any awesome ones out there! PS Trim/file your nails before you try Hugh’s jacket on for size.
About a year ago, I was reading GQ where they exposed men wearing extra-large, pashmina-like swathes of fabric around their necks. They were definitely not scarves. I think they called them a “manket”. I’d love to take the credit for mankets and mandles, but unfortunately I am not the inventor! A year on, we’ve seen the manket make the transition from the streets of Europe to runway shows, most prominently at Burberry Prorsum…. Do you think Hugh Jackman will be seen in one of the “mankets” below? hmmm…. I’m going out on a limb and saying no. If you do however catch a shot of Hugh wearing a manket, please make sure you let me know…
Because of the manket, I feel the need to talk about the scarf. Sydney winters are not too bad. So when it comes to staving off the chill on your chest and necka lighter weight scarf may not be enough. This season’s scarf winter essential scarf style is skewing towards statement neckwear. Many designers are opting for thicker fabrics, which will help avoid a manket if you don’t like them.
I would love to hear your winter essentials stories and selection of leather jackets, shoes and mankets. Tag yourself and let us check it out on Instagram @mrmalebox