End of Winter Essentials

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Men's Style Pro WInter Essential

In just a few days, winter will officially come to end. Even though warmer weather is in our future, we know it’s still pretty damn cold outside and lightly bundling up is a must. This winter I’ve personally found sartorial solace  in two pieces in my wardrobe, both of which happen to be the same color burgundy. These two items are my winter hat (called a “skully” here in Philly) and fine gauge merino turtleneck sweater.

Style tips for picking the right skully (winter hat) for you:

  • Evaluate the thickness of the fabric. If you have a full head of hair with some substantial thickness, opt for a thinner hat (so you don’t sweat to death). If you prefer a low-cut or you’re rocking that baldy then a thicker fabric hat will work best.
  • Choosing a color is relatively simple. Solid colors are easy to pair with most outfits (if you’re interest in complementing other pieces in your looks). Sticking with relatively neutral colors like shades of grey is a safe bet, but, don’t be afraid of warm colors like royal blue, burgundy, forest green and burnt orange.
  • Ribbed hats (like the one below) add great texture to your look and can help to conceal any “awkward” lumps in your skull (we’ve all got them).

Style tips for picking the right turtleneck sweater for you:

  • There are three basic colors when looking for a turtleneck sweater: black, grey and navy blue. Once you feel comfortable with those color, step outside of your comfort zone (within reason) and pick up a burgundy or plain red, deep purple or royal blue.
  • Fit: A turtleneck sweater is supposed to fit your body like a glove, but, not a like a glove that is two sizes too small.
  • Fit: The neck of your sweater should fit snuggly as well. If the fit is droopy, the neck is too large and you should size down.
  • Turtleneck sweaters are extremely versatile. Pair them with jeans, leather jackets, corduroy pants and suits, especially tweed or wool suit, because the textures complement each other.          

Shopping Tip

  • Right now is the perfect time of the year to pick up winter hats, sweater, gloves and down vest because all the spring apparel is in or coming into stores. This istime winter apparel goes on sale to make room for all the spring inventory. 

Work Ready                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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Custom Glen Plaid Trouser by Imparali Custom Tailors – Cooper Brogue Wingtips by Fin’s For Him – Camel Color Top Coat by Indochino

Wool Hat, Sunglasses, Turtleneck Sweater & Green Downed Vest by H&M

Wool “Ketchup” Pocket Square by Armstrong & Wilson (available online now)


Olive Green Corduroy Suit Jacket by Onassis Clothing – Levi’s 521 Slim Taper Jeans (Now 508s)

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Tan Leather Gloves by H&M – Derek Cardigan 7011 Brown Tortoiseshell glasses by Coastal – 

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Tan Captoe Boots by ASOS

Photography: Marina T. Peele @CantWinkLefty





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Categories: Hats, Sweater, Weekend Essentials

Author:Sabir M. Peele

Founder & Creative Director of menswear style & lifestyle blog Sabir serves as an independent brand consulting working with brands like GQ, AskMen, Indochino & Z Zegna (among others). Selected as #GQFall Best Dressed in 2013 & one of Esquire Magazine Best Dressed Real Men in America in 2010. Follow @MensStylePro on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. Email with your inquiries.

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14 Comments on “End of Winter Essentials”

  1. March 18, 2013 at 9:43 PM #

    Stellar pics, awesome and very useful tips! Another great post!

    • March 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM #

      Hi BougieHippie,

      Thanks for the kind words!



  2. March 19, 2013 at 11:10 AM #

    always with the pocket squares! haha I love it!

    • March 19, 2013 at 11:43 AM #

      Hey Jenn Dice,

      You know there will always be a pocket square in my pocket!



  3. March 19, 2013 at 12:39 PM #

    Saw this up on Details! looks great! Can’t wait to start sending them my own stuff 🙂

    • March 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM #

      Hi The Brasharian,

      Glad you liked the feature. Looking foward to your stuff.



  4. March 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM #

    I love the concept of putting puff vest under suit jacket or a topcoat, as it definitely helps to warm up one’s body without loosing the style. My custom made quilted suit vest is my go-to essential for the transitional weather. Btw your topcoat looks incredibly sharp, I have to look for a similar model 🙂

    Kind Regards,

    Secondhand Dandy

  5. March 28, 2013 at 6:59 AM #

    Some great style tips here, I would also agree it’s a great time to pick up some great bargains in winter wear. Great pick by the way!

  6. April 4, 2013 at 10:33 PM #

    Awesome style here, love the Indochino topcoat! By any chance were you at a science fair working for USciences just this Wednesday at an Expo Center? I swear I saw you there!

    Best Regards,

    • April 4, 2013 at 10:34 PM #

      Hi Toby,

      Thanks for dropping by and for the kudos on the Indochino topcoat. Yes, that was meet the at the Expo Center.



  7. Coltrane
    April 7, 2013 at 2:08 PM #

    I like the look! How have the ASOS boots held up?

    • April 7, 2013 at 2:14 PM #

      Thanks! They’ve held up very well! I’ve had them for over 2 years.

  8. October 16, 2013 at 7:28 AM #

    Brilliant post, can’t believe i’ve only just stumbled upon your blog. Love the captoes!


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