Growing up in the Midwest, I am accustomed to cold weather and snow for the holidays. It wasn’t Christmas unless I had shoveled the driveway in below freezing weather all the while silently cursing my parents for being too cheap to buy a snow blower. Bone-chilling cold, corrosive salt stains on my shoes and second-guessing if I had frostbite were the hallmarks of a Lake Family Christmas. Needless to say when it came time to leave the nest, this birdie flew South ….well West to California.
However, while my feet are firmly planted in California, my head (and my heart) tend to find they drifting over the border to our snowy northern neighbors. Over the last few years, I have found myself becoming more infatuated with Canada. Maybe, because many of my design mentors are Canadian and thanks to this great thing called social media have cobbled together a merry band of amazing design oriented friends who support and inspire this little ole’ American.
Looking through my Canadian friends Instagram shots made me a touch nostalgic. My Canadian friends embrace the cold weather, rather than run from it. They pull out fashion-forward coats, cute hats and functional but stylish boots. They mix pattern and materials with abandon for a look that is undeniable chic. For this next installment of Men’s Style: Holiday Edition, I channeled two of the most fashionable Canadians I know, Erica and Jonathan to create a look that I am calling …
I think one of the reasons I have had such a hard time getting into the holiday spirit is because I have not been dressing the part. It’s hard to be full of Christmas cheer when you are sweating in short sleeves and flip flops. The mild climate is one of the many wonderful things about living in Northern California but the East Coaster in me prefers my Christmas season to be cold, snowy and blanketed in white. Evidently Mother Nature heard my silent pleas and sent a cold snap across the country. While this cold front caused a major case of the “bah humbugs” among most people, for me it was a welcome icy kick in the bum to knock me off my grumpy perch.
Inspired, I quickly pulled together a new set of looks for my annual Men’s Style series that celebrated the emergence of wintery holiday season but with my unique (and at times warped) take on dressing. Kicking things off, I am doing the unthinkable – championing Winter White. For some reason this hue (or lack thereof) seems to scare almost everyone but one I find incredibly chic. Winter white is the perfect base upon which to layer a fun coat and pile on the accessories. Paired with a pair winter boots and you may have the perfect out to run errands or deliver your perfectly wrapped gifts to family and friends who are too afraid to venture into the frigid holiday wonderland…….
[trenchcoat: black fleece for brooks brothers//turtleneck: ralph lauren purple//pants: kenneth cole//boots: coach]
Jonesing for your own winter white outfit? See below for a modified twist on what I consider to be a holiday [outfit] classic…….