Who better to ask about building a wardrobe of high-rotation classics than Lex Mak of Melbourne based men’s lifestyle blog, Mr Gumbatron. Here, Lex takes us through his must-have pieces for any man’s winter wardrobe.
1. Trench Coat
Accentuate your style by layering a trench coat over your already complete and considered outfit. Camel and black are traditional colours, but try one in navy for a modern and understated look. A classic coat, both sophisticated and practical, the trench looks great draped over your shoulders for a more relaxed and effortless look.
2. Wool Trousers
A pair of nice fitted wool trousers are a great wardrobe item during the winter season for obvious reasons – warmth! Texturally wool has a lot of intrigue and can add another level of depth to your outfit too, but remember to always consider your trousers as separates from your jacket when putting together your outfit. When your jacket comes off, your outfit still needs to look well considered, of course you can accessories to achieve this, but simple things like the details of the trousers can occasionally become the hero of the outfit.
3. Cashmere Jumper
Knowing how to properly layer your outfit is a skill that separates a distinguished gentleman from the regular punter. No matter where you live, layering smart is fundamental, and a fine wool/cashmere crew neck jumper is your best friend. Cashmere is extremely light weight and works effortlessly with chinos, jeans or tailored trousers. Add a bit of colour this winter with subtle and darker tones such as burgundy, navy or deep greens,
A pair of tan chinos is quite possibly the most versatile trousers for the modern man to have. They can be easily dressed up or dressed down and thanks to the simple gesture of rolling up/down the hems, you can wear them with sandals, sneakers, lace up shoes or even boots. Try the classic fool-proof look of tan chinos, white shirt, navy blazer and your choice of footwear for a simple but very slick outfit for any occasion.
5. Leather briefcase
All grown up men should own at least one leather briefcase. It says “I’m sophisticated” without being pompous. It’s also super practical, allowing you to travel with your laptop, folders and any other important things without the need for a backpack. Invest in a good quality leather style; it will last for years and will age beautifully.
Lex wears BLAQ Shirt, COUNTRY ROAD Chinos, AQUILA Jacket & pocket square all available at selected stores.
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