Winter in Queensland is unmatched. As much as the daily battle to stay in bed until absolutely necessary rages, we’re also right at our peak time for seasonal styling. While this time of year presents a challenge of layering up without overdoing it, I’m enjoying a rotating roster of key staples and accessories that make dressing up as exciting as possible.
Luckily, with a few key pieces in the closet and some international inspiration modified for our unique brand of winter, looking the part can be as simple as any other time of the year. From coats to statement watches, these are the key #menswear winter trends to be across for rest of the season.
Breathable, block-coloured knits are the secret to staying comfortable and stylish in winter 2021. Look to stick to the simple-but-bold colours, including tan brown, grey, dark green or navy blue, pretty much anything like this textured Scotch & Soda option. In the era of dressing for comfort, these can be worn as shirting without the need for a bulky undershirt. Thanks to a seasonal range of options available from almost every brand, there’s something to fit any wardrobe budget.
With more of us working from home than ever before, the need for comfort has thrown much of the traditional business attire out in favour of versatility. While corporate jackets and suiting is becoming less of a requirement, tailoring hasn’t lost its appeal. The hack to this trend is by investing in trans-seasonal pieces at Mitchell Ogilvie that take us from home to work and out to socialise, when possible. My pick is this tailored Canali shirt jacket, layered over the roll neck knit and hemmed dress pants. Come warmer months, this combo can be pulled out and swapped out for lighter fabrics.
But for those who prefer to stick to the winter staples, a medium-heavy wool overcoat from M.J. Bale does the trick of keeping style fairly simple. Over any collared shirt, it makes for a perfect throw-on piece especially for when temps drop during the day. Weighting is especially important to keep in mind here – after all it’s still Brisbane and you may need to carry it around for parts of the day.
When it comes to accessories, big statements seem to come in small packages. Thankfully Designer Archives has you covered with a selection of cross-body bags, satchels and to break up the monotony – print scarves. For the more fashion-forward men, I would encourage going even further by combining style and practicality with a standout vintage piece. The key point is to accessorise in line with the rest of the outfit so keep a few options on rotation.
Finally, my fellow horology aficionados haven’t been left out at The Hour Glass. Staying true to the notion of finding investment pieces, you can find all your seasonal timepiece needs here for the gents (and ladies too). Taking the season into consideration, dark navy and brown straps provide a fresh take on winter styling.
The trend is to look for a visible mechanical detail or tonal colour scheme on the dial that highlights a breakaway from formality. All without being too garish!
So here are all your key winter wear trends in one place! Take inspiration and adjust for your personal preferences without fear of being too repetitive. Thanks to Edward Street Brisbane, you can find all my seasonal picks from this edit and even more in-store. Use what you’ve just read as a guide without being afraid to tweak and amend for your own wardrobe. Essentially it’s all about keeping the basics in mind while allowing space for some experimentation.
As I like to say, you can’t break the rules until you know them first…
Take to Edward Street Brisbane this season to find all of my latest picks featured in this trend edit and so much more!