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Winter Whites

February 4th, 2013

Who says you can’t wear white after Labour Day?

In my opinion, a splash of white looks very natural in the crisp air of winter and is a great way to stand out from its sea of dark colors.

Here’s three examples of using white to infuse your winter wardrobe.

1. Crisp Denim

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Slim jeans are the easiest, and most effective, way to add a dose of white to your winter wardrobe. They’re cool, refreshing and work with everything.

A great way to stand out from the crowd, without the “try hard” feeling of bold, in-your-face colors.

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This winter has been unpredictable. One day it’s in the 30’s, the next it’s in the 60’s (Fahrenheit).

We shot this on a mild day, when a flannel jacket and silk scarf was enough to cruise around the neighborhood.

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Two of my go-to combos lately:

Grey & Brown.

Flannel & Suede.

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  • Grey tortoise shades by Matsuda ·
  • Burgundy paisley silk scarf Vintage ·
  • Polka dot pocket square Vintage ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • White denim jeans by Helmut Lang ·
  • Brown suede Ring belt by Brooks Brothers ·
  • Brown suede boots by Massimo Dutti
  • · Brown stripe contrast collar shirt

2. Clean Frame

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A white sweater offers an appealing contrast under a dark jacket. It also frames the face in a clean, non-distracting way.

I feel like I’ve written this a hundred times, but it’s important: simplicity is crucial in menswear.

My philosophy is that clothing should be used to improve the presentation of a person, not distract or disorient the viewer. What I mean is, when a person looks at you, that is exactly what they should notice: you. Your face, your eyes, your presence. Not your busy tie/pocket square combo, or your colorful layers, or your lapel ornament collection…you get what I’m saying.

Allow your clothes to complement your physique and present you in a the most favorable light by keeping your outfits simple. Most of the looks we present on Articles of Style consist of only 3-4 staple pieces in classic shapes and straight-forward color palettes.

Remember, less is more. Complement, don’t distract.

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Okay, this turtleneck isn’t true white. It’s off-white or super-light-grey. Same effect though.

A turtleneck with a suit (or blazer) is a nice combo for a dressy event. It’s a mature and regal way to wear a suit in a non-corporate environment.

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More suits and boots.

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  • Off-white waffle turtleneck Ralph Lauren (Vintage) ·
  • Grey silk pocket square Vintage ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Black lizard belt by Trafalgar ·
  • Olive and Black leather captoe “corset” boots by Alexander McQueen
  • · Grey windowpane suit

3. Antiqued Leather

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A casual weekend spent kickin’ it with the guys doesn’t have to look sloppy or boring.

This is essentially your every man’s “t-shirt and jeans” look, just slightly updated. The fits are tailored and topped off with a wicked asymmetrical leather piece (that I found on a sample sale floor at 90-something percent off).

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Not all jeans are made from denim. These are wool flannel and they’re one of my favorite pairs in the winter.

Lastly, black leather sneakers in a classic shape are a smart investment for weekends and nights out.

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  • Distressed off-white leather jacket by Helmut Lang ·
  • Navy Organic Cotton Crewneck by Nudie Jeans via Mr. Porter ·
  • Necklaces from NYC Street Artist ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Grey flannel Jeans by Zegna ·
  • Black leather sneakers by Heutchy

 

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

 

Photography by Alex Crawford