LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS: It’s in the Details

Let's Hear it for the Boys

On yet another unbearably cold day in Minnesota, I came across a smartly-dressed Fashionisto wearing an expertly layered ensemble. With varied textured layers and wool socks, this Fashionisto makes the Minnesotan winter look like a fashion challenge that is easy to conquer.

There is an effortlessness in the way his denim jacket fits perfectly beneath his indispensable down coat. Being a huge fan of denim jackets, I really appreciate how this Fashionisto made the light jacket work for the colder weather. This smart layering works in not only warmth, but varying textures. Some of the biggest trends of spring/fall 2014 stem from textures, whether it be mohair, heavy wool or silk (I’m thinking the latest ’90s slip trend, for example). The denim jacket next to the nylon-polyester exterior of the puffer coat not only provides a lesson in texture, but the lighter wash of the denim jacket against the black of the coat also provides a contrast, drawing our attention to the denim jacket and preventing the look from appearing bulky.

The detailing of the outfit goes even further when cuffed pants are matched with wool socks and a pair of rugged Dr. Martens. The gray wool stands out and accentuates the cuffed jean, a hard look to maintain in below freezing temperatures. This outfit could easily be swapped out for springtime weather. Remove the wool socks and the down coat, and you have an outfit ready for warmer temperatures. This Fashionisto shows us that these articles of clothing are not reserved for spring, making for a surprising and statement-making outfit.

Hint: To get a spring-ready winter look, head over to your local thrift store and snag yourself a well-loved denim jacket. If thrifting is not your thing, I would recommend a coat similar to this one sold at ASOS. For a nice pair of black pants, look for a slim fit trouser that is loose enough to cuff along the ankle such as this pair of Levi’s sold at Macy’s. Lastly, to complete the look, you can find a nice pair of Dr. Martens here complete with some wool socks here at L.L.Bean. Final tip: Feel free to add more textures and patterns with a mohair sweater such as this one at Topman and patterned socks like these socks at Urban Outfitters!

Contact: slandsbe@macalester.edu

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