Men’s fashion week always comes just in the nick of time — when it’s been too long since a real burst of sartorial inspiration was let in through the window, when it feels as though women’s fashion week will never arrive (no matter how imminent it may be!), when you really need something to re-jigger the puzzle pieces that are floating around in your head but just not connecting. Because that’s the thing: those pieces are in our head.
They’re just a little bit too far to the lower right-hand corner. Sometimes they’re on an annoying-to-reach shelf. But what good does any of that do when you’re standing with both of your arms outstretched before a wardrobe of clothes that are laughing in your face. It’s like playing peek-a-boo with a kindergartner who sucks at hiding: you know they’re there. You see them, but you pretend like you don’t for the sake of the game.
It’s exactly where the street-styled show-goers of Fall 2016 Men’s Fashion Week come in — right into the center of the playground, tapping your hidden creativity or inspiration or blazer-that-you-forgot-about on the shoulder and whispering, “Psst. FOUND YOU.”
But everything’s easier with a breakdown, right? let’s begin.
1. You need gloves. They add texture and save your skin.
2. Get a proper umbrella. One with a hook that will latch over your forearm like a steadying hand, with the kind of circumference to offer real coverage. Bonus: it’s an excellent accessory for the dapper human.
4. Suede and shearling are sticking around. Don’t throw them out just yet. Do wear them with a less 70s-literal spin. You know what’s a good state to channel, here? Montana. Make Montana proud.
5. Layer. Layer colors and fabrics and textures. Trust no one who regurgitates quotes about taking one thing off before you leave the house, because they clearly didn’t live somewhere with a true, lip-blue winter.
6. Don’t let your outerwear dictate your outfit. That makes getting dressed so much harder. Rather, stick with your gut picks, then add the coat. Stuff your hands in your pocks and walk like it’s intentional, because if it’s keeping you warm or dry then honestly, it is.
7. Flip your lenses, roll deep, roll your sleeves. If your sleeves are cropped, flaunt a dramatic forearm and really make the most of that punctuating real estate.
8. Find a scarf long enough that it will knock you on your knees.
9. If you’re going to go monochrome, go green.
10. And while it’s really important to be yourself in your clothes and you do you and I’ll do me, let’s allllll take a collective moment to agree that this is also who we’d like to be:
Ah, yeah. Feeling better already.
Photographed by Dan Roberts for Vogue.com unless otherwise noted.