Vintage isn’t just for the summer months, it’s for life!
We’re all too aware that during the cold seasons, keeping your wardrobe stylish can be challenging – especially for those of you dedicated to the vintage or retro vibe.
This rings even truer when the evenings start to turn, there’s more rain (than usual) and it becomes easier than ever to grab those bulky outer layers and call it a day.
But if you want to stick to your favourite vintage inspired aesthetic regardless of the weather, then read on. We’ve collated some handy tips and tricks – and ideal items to add to your wardrobe – for the colder months.
From men’s vintage style jackets to bring a classy finish and an extra layer, to thicker, hardier underlayers for extra warmth. We’ve got you covered!
Get The Tweed Out
Tweed is a great addition to any wardrobe. It’s a fabric truly steeped in vintage fashion, and with a men’s vintage style jacket made of this fantastic fabric, you can’t go wrong!
Renowned for being the perfect material for outdoor wear, Tweed is also moisture resistant, insulating and long-wearing – which means it’s an ideal fabric for both outdoor and indoor wear during the cold months.
This is especially important to remember when it comes to men’s vintage style jackets and coats – keep an eye out for 100% wool and tweed. Or perhaps something like a Tweed waistcoat can add that perfect layer of warmth for that special occasion – or the trip to the pub!
Plus, Tweed is embedded in vintage fashion history, and heavily associated with the typical UK countryside, estate houses, and cold winter walks. So why not get yourself a Tweed waistcoat or overcoat, and finish off your look with this versatile, but incredibly warm statement piece?
Button Up Shirts
Buttoned shirts are another autumn must-have, to add a thicker layer underneath your retro inspired jumpers or vests.
These classic shirts can also be utilised for casual or smart occasions, considering the vast array of patterned shirts available, or the timeless look of that crisp white shirt adorned with a cravat, or underneath your waistcoats.
You’ll look effortlessly put together wearing your buttoned shirt with a sweater vest or cardigan too, and never underestimate the appeal of long shirt sleeves finished with cufflinks underneath a vintage style jumper.
Even better, layer a smart or casual button up shirt underneath your men’s vintage style jacket and you’re onto a winner.
Knitwear’s Time To Shine
Of course, we can’t speak about winter essentials without mentioning the obvious winner – jumpers!
While many of us – if you’re in the UK – are accustomed to the need for jumpers all year round, knitwear truly comes into its own once the leaves start turning brown and we eye the thermostat with a little more intent than the previous 8 months of the year.
As a staple of men’s vintage wear, knitted garments have been popular for hundreds of years. Though they truly came into their own during the early 20th century.
Once the go-to for sporting activities, you can now add a knitted jumper to almost any outfit (apart from perhaps a three-piece) and look the part. Try a pullover, or V-neck jumper with a smart button up for a stylish, vintage inspired look.
That being said, by far the most popular pattern within vintage fashion, and knitwear especially, is the Fair Isle. With its distinctive knotted pattern that can be made up of hexagons, squares, circles or crosses, the Fair Isle is instantly recognisable.
Layer your Fair Isle jumper with a classic shirt, 1940s style trousers and add on a wool or tweed men’s vintage style jacket for a finished look.
Don’t Forget Denim
Jeans almost need no introduction.
Though they were undoubtedly made the statement of all fashion by the rebellious youth of the 50s and 60s, the humble pair of jeans actually came into fashion as early as the 19th century.
When paired with your vintage jumpers, smart or casual jackets, shirts and vests – you can’t go wrong with a functional pair of denim jeans. No matter the season.
Try and find some of those vintage household names – like Levis – for the truly vintage feel. And not only are they cool, comfortable and effortlessly stylish, jeans are incredibly warm!
Try Some Accessories
The colder months are the perfect time to embellish your outfits with accessories – and the more vintage the better. You’ve sorted your perfect men’s style vintage jacket, you’ve got that Fair Isle knit on – now it’s time to finish the look.
Grab those scarves, hats and gloves during autumn for an easy way to add complimentary finishing touches to your outfits without compromising your vintage style.
Not sure where to start? Driving gloves are incredibly vintage, and often made of comfortable leather, tweed or fine wool for an extra layer of warmth.
Try a flat cap for a hack back to the industrial 20s, or a finely knitted scarf for a sophisticated flair.
Start From The Bottom…
And we can’t overstate the importance of warm underlayers! Source some high quality undergarments that are designed to be either thermal in nature, or made from quality cotton and fibres designed to be insulating.
Then you can get creative with your outfits, knowing you’ve got those critical under layers sorted.
Whatever look you decide to go for this season, dress with confidence, and you’ll achieve your perfect vintage inspired look that will turn heads. As we said, vintage is a lifestyle choice, so go forth and serve!