When the weather gets cold and the scenery gets gray, it's the perfect time to warm up your wardrobe with color and style. The holidays give us an excuse to don the most ornate designer shirts and luxurious accessories, so don't hold back this year. If you follow a few of these simple rules, your winter fashion statements will impress everyone you know.
Get festive with jewel tones
There's something to be said for a guy who can pull off purple. Green and blue aren't quite as adventurous, but the deepest, richest shades of all three colors will make you look like a real gem. Jewel tones are hot in men's collections this winter, from dark sapphire Bertigo shirts to emerald plaid Maceoo shirts. Keep the rest of the outfit simple with a sweater in a neutral shade and a pair of great jeans, to turn your shirt into a perfectly wrapped present.
Don't shy away from scarves
If you only wear scarves on a must-protect-skin basis, maybe it's time to give your neckwear another chance to be a statement piece. Big scarves are in, as well as blanket-style capes that double as scarves and earned the dubious moniker of "manket" from GQ. Now is your chance to be completely cozy while rocking something trendy and flattering. Look for geometric patterns, and if you want to take a fashion risk, mix them up with men's shirts in completely different patterns. Layer lightweight scarves for extra warmth, or invest in a thick one that you can loosen indoors.
Swap the briefcase for a bag
Large, structured bags were popular on the runways this year, and there are more options than ever for men who
want to look masculine and sophisticated. Invest in a big leather handbag that will fit all your devices, with enough
extra room for toiletries and a change of clothes if you decide to use it as carry-on luggage. You can pick from a
variety of different designers who included men's bags in their winter 2014 collections.
Instead of resorting to ugly sweaters and bulky layers, rethink everything you wear this winter. These three tips
can guide you towards more colorful, useful fashion choices, but if you get creative, you can express your own
unique festive spirit.