Layers baby...

Wow, I didn't realize how long it's been since my last post.  Sorry all, been quite busy with work and the family.

So let's get down to it...

Most people don't like the cold, but I love it.  Why?  Cold weather creates an opportunity for the common man to fashionably shine.  And so with no trepidation I declare that LAYERS equals GOOD FASHION.

Basically, you take a t-shirt (v or crew neck), add on a button down or polo, put on a sweater (cardigan, pullover, crew neck, v-neck, shawl collar, tuxedo collar) add a piece of outerwear, put on some work boots and BAM!  You're a J Crew model.

Well, of course you need a good eye for piece selection as well.  Hopefully, the items below will give you some direction.

Good luck and good layering!

1) Sweatshirts.  Man I love a good sweatshirt.  This season (and every season I believe), take on a plain (no logo) basic colored sweatshirt and make it your own.

In terms of pricing, I really like this one offered by Lands End.  It's their Serious Sweats Crewneck and it's only U$ 29.50.  Put this on over a patterned button down (gingham or plaid - which seems to be the only type of shirt being offered these days by most retailers).

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For a more casual look, go with a button up hoody in navy - available from J.Crew Factory (their cheaper stuff site).  It's only $ 34.50 right now.  Again pair it over a nice gingham shirt.

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If you want splurge a little, I really dig this paint splattered, worn out sweatshirt offered by J.Crew at U$ 98.
Or you can buy a regular sweatshirt and paint something and cut holes in it yourself.
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2) Sweaters.  Ah so many choices, so many looks.  Most guys opt for crew or v necks layered over a button down.  That's fine for the office, but if you really want to "pop", take a gander at these choices...don't get nervous, I wouldn't guide you down the wrong path.

Trend - Fair isle, Nordic, Apres-ski.  Basically your ski sweater is hot right now (just like that Hansel).

This one by J.Crew is a little expensive ($118) but I think it's worth the price.  Pair this over a plain shirt (denim or chambray would work).
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You richer style-conscious guys can pick up this shawl collared one at the same place ($ 178 right now, normally U$ 218).  Just copy this dude's outfit, make sure everything fits well, and you won't really look like Dude from the Big Lebowski (and if you did look like Dude - that ain't so bad is it?)
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Trend - cardigans - they're all over the place right now, but you can really add your own flavor.

This one is kind of different, it's got a shawl collar, it's heavily textured and it's got these patch pockets which will make you look a little rugged along with refined.  Pick it up from the Gap (!) for U$ 68.  (BTW, Creative Director Patrick Robinson is revolutionizing the Gap).

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To spice it up, try a patterned cardigan not normally seen.  This one from Urban Outfitters (BDG Patterned Cardigan $58) really drew my eye.  Just wear with a blue or white oxford (any solid color would do, try not to mix patterns too much, that only works with shirt/tie combos).  Actually UO offers quite an eclectic mix of sweaters - I would spend a few minutes perusing their site.

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My last selection is a little resplendent.  Meaning $495 at Barneys resplendent.
It combines the cardigan with the apres-ski vibe (you tell people you're an Olympic downhill skier).

Check it out - the Moncler Maglione Tricot Cardigan.  Imagine rocking this with just a t-shirt, some beat up jeans and a pair of tennis sneaks.  Ultra cool and laid back at the same time.

Well I hope you enjoyed this, I will try to be more timely with my posts.  In the meantime, get out there, take a look around, if you like what someone is wearing, emulate not imitate, make it your own.  Chances are they did the same thing.