Typically, January is freezing, dark, wet and boring; but there is one good thing that cheers up this time of year - January sales! It's the perfect opportunity to grab some farraginous pieces to work next season's look around, and to keep you warm as it always seems a long time before spring comes around.
A new winter coat is a fantastic investment that you'll never regret in this climate, especially if you're lucky enough to find one in the sales. So if you didn't get the one you were after for Christmas, now's the time to treat yourself and there are loads of great options to choose from this season. Lightweight and shower proof, belted trench coats and macs are all over this season in muted tones of cream, grey and tan, and even metallic white which will give your look a snappy, futuristic twist. A good look is to keep the coat plain, but add a checked keffiyeh or patterned scarf - classy fringed silk scarves in paisley and prints are set to make a comeback as Versace used them at the recent Milano Fashion Week, and they're surprisingly warm, as well as the fact girls love them! You'll be able to keep wearing a trench coat well into spring, and then wear it with big aviator sunglasses for that essential '70s detective look - very cool.
The rocker look - black leather jackets teamed with skinny white t-shirts and black jeans - is still going strong and leather biker and bomber jackets continue to rock the catwalks, with the constant trend setter David Beckham out and about in a multi-pocketed pilot number. Another choice for this trend is the plain blazer, which effortlessly bridges the smart-casual divide when worn with a t-shirt and skinny scarf. You can even pin badges onto one lapel, which you may recall was the height of cool when you were about sixteen and still in high school - mod bands like Maximo Park, and TV star Russell Brand are to thank for bringing that one back onto the fashion radar. Wear with pointy Chelsea boots, classic wingtips or brogues.
A For a more casual look next spring, lightweight nylon jackets and hoodies covered with bold, geometric patterns, angular lines and checks will be hot stuff. These are slightly reminiscent of early 90s styles, and on the same note bright, neon orange and yellow details - like piping, zips, or shoe laces - should be massive too. Shiny, futuristic fabrics including silver and gold are starting to funk up jackets, shoes and more; but remember not to go too far with this trend. One silver accent in an otherwise conservative outfit will bring your look bang up to date; a silver jacket with silver shoes, white jeans and a metallic scarf will just make you look a bit like the singer from Babylon Zoo.
Alternatively, if you're feeling indecisive and the dazzling variety of men's winter jackets out there is just too much, you can never go wrong with a classic, structured wool overcoat. Double-breasted, army and navy-style pea coats are brilliant, flattering and very warm. Alternatively, there's the timeless, tailored, single-breasted style which should be a staple in every man's wardrobe. Don't think of it as your dad's wool coat, it's channeling James Dean in that unforgettable portrait in Times Square in the rain.
Andrew Regan is an online, freelance author from Scotland. He is a keen rugby player and enjoys traveling.
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