Winter is here, which means it’s a little trickier to dress for the office. You want to be warm during the mornings while you’re making your commute, but you don’t want to be too hot when you walk into the sweltering office heat.
To help you out, here are five cold weather styles that are perfect for the workplace this season.
Unless you’re hiking, summer isn’t always necessarily the best season for boots. But fall and winter? They’re perfect for more rugged footwear, though all too often a pair of boots can be a bit too much for the office. You don’t want to wear hiking boots to your job, and cowboy boots might make people wonder exactly what job you think you have. Thankfully, there are still plenty of boots that are fashionable and work appropriate. The Chelsea boot has long been considered the most office appropriate boot by the New York Times and continues to be on trend year after year, pairing easily with jeans, slacks, or a suit.
It’s hard to beat a good polo when it comes to business-casual couture. According to D’marge, the polo is challenging the button-down shirt for go-to office wear. The polo is easier and more comfortable than your usual button-down and can be easily layered under a sharp sweater or a blazer if you want to dress it up a little bit. Every man should have at least a few good polos in their closet. If you don’t, it’s time to run out and grab a couple.
Jeans can actually be appropriate for business casual, too. The key is wearing a darker denim that has little to no wash, rips, or embellishments. A fresh clean pair of jeans can suit every occasion, but it’s all about what you do with them. Try adding a blazer and a more formal pair of shoes (or the aforementioned boots) for an ensemble that will keep you looking cool and sharp all at once. Guys looking for some ideas on what to do with denim can find lots of inspiration on Lyst, where a number of designers are showcasing the diversity of what’s possible with some sleek, dark denim pants.
Chances are you’re in need of a warm and rugged coat, and nothing looks better for winter than the classic pea coat. You don’t want to roll into the office bundled up like an eskimo and that tough leather jacket might have a little much attitude for the workplace. A pea coat is the perfect in-between; it looks good, it’s warm, and it pairs with just about anything. Plus, with the right pea coat, you can head straight from work to happy hour without even thinking about changing.
A sweater may conjure up “dad” vibes to some guys, but when worn correctly you can look sharp and comfortable when you hit the office. And when it comes to winter, it’s hard to do better than a nice knit. Cardigans and sweaters are considered the greatest tip for perfecting business casual by Trendspotter, making them another must-have for every guy’s cool-weather wardrobe. Go with neutral colors or toned-down greens and blues to strike just the right note between fun and formal.