Summer’s on its way out, and with old man winter due to knock on the door in a short while, it’s time to upgrade your wardrobe. Unlike what most of us tend to think, winter isn’t all about bulking up. With the latest winter fashion trends, men can spruce up their closets and their personal style without looking like a stuffed potato walking around. And what man can do without shirts? As you tuck away your summer shirts, here are five must-have winter shirts that let you beat the chill in style.
1. Chambray Shirt
If you’re a man who lives in his shirts, then a Chambray is a must in your winter wardrobe- if you don’t already have one, that is. Once a blue-collar work shirt and now a staple in almost every designer menswear collection, a Chambray shirt makes for a stylish and functional addition to your winter essentials when you have added the foundation shirts. A long sleeve navy checked Chambray shirt or a printed Chambray will warm up your winter attire.
2. Checked Flannel Shirt
Fall-winter’s key shirting options cannot be complete without a checked flannel shirt. Ideal to keep you snug and warm, while letting you make an impressive statement, a checked flannel shirt is one of the key winter pieces. Flannel shirts are soft, comfy, and versatile, so you can pair them with jeans, chinos, bomber jackets, and also chambray shirts. They are also great for layering, with flannel shirts being ideal as the outer layer thanks to its heavier construction, while a thinner cotton shirt makes the inner layer. A tartan flannel shirt with Sherpa lining or one with a detachable hood would be the right additions to your winter wardrobe.
3. The Denim Shirt
Although mostly considered summer casuals, denim shirts for men have been seeing a rise in popularity as winter-wear, given its versatility. Like the Chambray, denim shirts too were the reserve of the working class back in the day, but not only is denim a favourite among designers now, it’s also an essential piece in every man’s wardrobe. Slim-cut, button-down denim shirts in dark blue and indigo washes give the best results, since they are fit for both dressing up or down effortlessly. Try a slub denim shirt with twin flap front chest pockets, long sleeves and a relaxed collar to reinvent the vintage cowboy look.
4. The Overshirt
A go-to piece for many during autumn/winter, the overshirt can become your best friend during those chilly months. When you’re looking at menswear options that will allow you to layer up in style without appearing stuffed, the overshirt is your best bet. Prop up your off-duty attire by wearing the overshirt in between your outer and middle layers. A pea coat or trench coat and a roll neck is a great pairing to go with the warm and cosy overshirt.
5. The Wool Plaid Shirt
Shirts made from worsted wool look stylish, last long, and keep you warm. The best fabric for tailoring, worsted wool plaid shirts has been a runway favourite for many seasons. When you choose a wool plaid shirt in navy or grey, it can do wonders for your wardrobe as well as your personal style. Wool shirts can be worn with slim-fit, semi-formal trousers for men, suave look, and they can also be teamed with cotton twill trousers or denims for a more casual look.
Men’s winter wardrobe needn’t be boring. Add these five shirts to your repertoire for a stylish and functional statement this season.