Dressing for winter can be a challenge for even the most savvy of shoppers. You're likely thinking 'how can I achieve an easy, casual wardrobe whilst being both comfortable and warm?'. If so, then you're certainly not alone. The search for a stylish cold-weather wardrobe is on and here to provide us with some much-needed insight is seasoned menswear blogger, Ben Lipari.
Travel is his forte, so you'd be forgiven for glancing at his portfolio and thinking mostly of beachwear and summer holidays. But take a closer look and you'll see that the Italian-born, long-time Australian dweller has been faced with the task of mastering a totally new way of dressing since moving to our chilly capital. How he's tackled the art of layering is just the dilemma that will unlock the basic rules of pulling together a winter look. For the record, he's adjusted very well.
When asked to describe his wardrobe, he responded with 'classic, understated and simple'. Now we're listening...
Heavy Herringbone Coat
What’s the key ingredient to a menswear winter wardrobe?
A decent coat makes or breaks a winter outfit. As you'll be wearing it so often, I’m of the opinion that you should buy a premium, quality coat that will last.
When it comes to coat shopping, do you have 1 rule that you live by?
I’m a firm believer in ‘anyone can pull off anything’. When shopping for a new coat, make sure you get a sense for how it makes you feel. Does it make you feel like you want to strut down Oxford St (or any other street for that matter)? If so, you’re onto a winner.
Melton Double Breasted Coat, Textures Patchwork Knit Scarf, Co Slim Jeans
What’s the main challenge you should be prepared for when going winter shopping?
For me it’s being afraid/not willing to try a new style and go out of my comfort zone. It’s so easy for us to stick to the same look year after year, so this season I’m looking to change it up!
How do you keep a balance between well-dressed and casual when keeping warm?
It can be tricky, especially when your favourite joggers are always staring right at you! But I think many brands are realising the importance on keeping their clothes both stylish and practical, meaning we don’t have to sacrifice one over the other.
5 Pocket Trousers, Wool Jersey Roll Neck Top, Wool Two Colour Scarf
Wool Two Colour Scarf, Cabafeitro Wool Melton Long Coat,Leather Chelsea Boots
Melton Double Breasted Coat, Slim Temple Preppy Sunglasses, 72-denim Stretch Slim Fit Jeans