Man UP

Guys, it is time to man UP in the fashion world.  What is the one thing every fashionista wants? A man who can rival her fashionable ways.  This is my guide for men to UP their fashion game this winter, whether dressing up for holiday parties or going on a casual weekend outing.  Men, the go-to stores for you this season are J. Crew (even check out the factory store), G.H. Bass, Topman, Nordstrom, and Ralph Lauren.  Ladies, don’t click away!  This serves as a perfect gift guide for the man in your life.

Let’s start from the bottom!

Shoes:  These boots do everything for me, personally.  Dress them up with chinos or down with jeans.  G.H. Bass & Co. offers them at a great price in two colors.  Navy for the preppy man and tan for the guy who doesn’t want to draw as much attention- either way you can’t go wrong!

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| Paramount Boots, G.H. Bass |

Pants:  Chino’s the word.  J. Crew is always on top of the Chino game.  No matter the season, they offer any color you could possibly want.  J. Crew Factory has the best winter colors right now at ridiculously affordable prices.  May I suggest the ‘Old-red’ (below) or ‘Faded Black.  For a little spin on this staple piece, check out the flannel lined chinos and roll them at the ankle for extra points!

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| Flannel Lined Chino | Broken-in Chino |

Casual Joggers: Want to just wear sweats on a lazy Sunday?  That’s fine, but opt for trendy joggers instead!  These slim fit pants may be a little intimidating so check out Nordstrom’s blog for a ‘how-to’ on wearing these pants.

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| LuluLemon Revival Pant | Alternative Slim Fit | Topman Joggers |

Shirts & sweaters: The perfect pair.

I have two words for when it comes to cozy winter shirts and sweaters:  elbow patches.  A little extra something goes a long way here!  J. Crew Factory has a great rustic styled button-up with elbow patches.

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| Rugged Elbow Patch, J. Crew |

Pair any button down you already have with a sweater and you’re ready to go.  Experiment with patterns, prints, and necklines.  Polo has plenty to offer from their signature teddy bear (below, center) to shawl necks (below, left).  If you’re a fan of the quarter-zip, try the same style with buttons and wear it over a dress shirt and tie (below, right).

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| R.L. Shawl Neck | R.L. Polo Bear | R.L. Mock Neck |

There are so many options out for men right now, it was hard to narrow them down to these favorites.  Guys, don’t let women steal the fashion spotlight all the time!

-Molly Dougherty

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