That manly, rugged look hit big in men’s styling last year. Just about everyone wore boots, something waxed, a chambray shirt or buffalo plaid at least once in the winter and it looks like it could hit again.
Rather than falling into the same routine as before, how about finding new ways to wear the outdoors on your sleeve.
What a stylist says: “A great way to update the outdoorsy, work-wear look is to add a bit of luxury,” says stylist Tina Gill. “Try pairing a cashmere v-neck sweater over the top of a casual button down shirt. Rolling up the sleeves showing the cuff of the shirt will keep the look relaxed.”
What The Menswear Journal says: Luxury is definitely the way to go. Make your ensemble look expensive and not as if you bought it off the sale rack at Old Navy. I believe in KMart’s moto “money can’t buy you style,” but that means your styling techniques should be up to par.
Keeping with this idea of luxury, there are many ways to make an outdoorsy outfit higher end. Jewelry, for example, will juxtapose the rugged nature of a buffalo-plaid shirt and dark-wash jeans with sophistication.
The boot look is changing as well. Yes, you can fall back on a duck or hiking boot, but try something more fitting of an urban wilderness, like leather or suede. Again, we already know what works. Might as well try something different.