Stay Classy in the Cold

Dressing for summer is simple, but as the mercury drops and the snow falls it gets harder to navigate what for the unprepared can be a sartorial nightmare.  That’s where Sam Michael’s comes in, to help you with eight simple looks to help avoid dumping fashion for function.

#1 – Denim

What we otherwise know as the “Canadian tuxedo,” the double denim look certainly has its place in the fashion hall of shame, but when done right it can not only keep you warm, but looking sharp.  Add a camel coat, the perfect foil to the original worker’s uniform – give your everyday a little luxury.

#2 – Tweed

You can pull off the town-and-country look by layering tweed.  It’s a way to tie in a sweater, sweatshirt, or even cord trousers but also gives that space for your knitted gloves or cap.  Accessorize in patterns.

#3 – Tailored Tech

Turn up the technical outwear with simple tailoring.  You can add a padded wool coat to a neat suit, staying warm and cool, but only if it’s cut right to your body.  That’s why we throw in tailoring with every purchase, off the rack should never look like that’s where it came from.

#4 – Print

‘Tis the season for bold and busy patterns, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fit in subtle prints.  Micro-patterns on silken cloths can give more depth to any outfit, brought to completion by hip accessories like bags and belts.  The devil really is in the details, so add a pocket square as an easy introduction to wearing a print.

#5 – Colors

Don’t be intimidated by head-to-toe color, because this time of the year the world can use it.  If you’re not into bright, loud shades, then look into tonal berry, green, and blue, which can all add a pop to otherwise drab winter colors.  The key? Never wear more than two different shades.  You can match complimentary shades to create a refined, interesting combination.

#6 – Grunge

Kurt Cobain may be long gone, but the 90’s biggest trend is back, full circle.  You can find nirvana in slouchy leathers and checkered shirts, but don’t forget that all-important beanie.  It’s not just about the deconstructed Seattle look, it’s about staying warm, and this is a perfect opportunity to throw in layers.

#7 – Knits

Oversized knitwear is a simple solution to the tricky between-season dressing we struggle with in our sometimes-unpredictable Michigan winters.  Throw on a long, chunky knit with a denim jacket and you’ve got the perfect go-to casual combination.  Need another excuse to pull on a simple knit? Remember “Casual Friday” doesn’t mean you get to wear a bathrobe to work, so go with something just as cozy that doesn’t skip the class.

#8 – Suiting Up

Trying only one new look this season? Then make it layered neckwear.  One look you can pull off is pulling on a turtleneck sweater under a shirt.  Button up the collar or combine with a silk scarf.  Not only will these extra layers be warm and practical, but also you can look elegant at the same time.