Though it has not quite happened yet, soon all the leaves will have fallen off the trees and cleared off of our yards. For the majority of the winter Denver is not covered in snow, but rather the greyed out muted ground colors of cold weather along with the bold colors of the obnoxiously early yet remarkably beautiful mid afternoon sunsets.
With daylight hours occupying less of our day we have to think about how we can dress more intentionally for colder temperatures while still holding tight to our approach of clothing as a curation of art pieces. This particular collection brings together wears from Spain, France, Canada, and New Zealand in an aesthetically pleasing and surprisingly functional way. When the cut of each layer is well planned, the full fit can be remarkably nimble.
Canadians know winter. The Muttonhead Cycling Dress Shirt, out of Toronto, is very fitting and impressively agile. The shirt is made with light recycled hemp which not only adds to its durability, but because hemp is a hollow fiber it traps heat to make it a great insulator. The collar and upper are made of a cotton oil cloth that looks incredible from behind the other layers.
The TwoThirds Pluvia shirt makes a reappearance this week with a different color way simply because it is such a great mid layer. Coming out of the sailing and surf culture of San Sebastian, Spain, the shirt has a little more room so it fits nicely on top of the Muttonhead shirt without sizing up, but not too much room so it will not bunch up or twist under the outer layer. The pattern lays nicely against to solid colors and provides an intriguing yet clean stand alone when the jacket is removed.
Most of the winter days in Denver do not require a heavy duty coat, especially when we are layering on top of two warm shirts. The Tucson Blazer by Sixpack France provides plenty of warmth with a sherpa lining while keeping it sharp with a blazer style button up. It features a convertible mao collar to add another layer to the neck if needed.
We love the Muttonhead Cycling pants because of the way they combine comfort, quality, and style. Made out of an organic cotton twill trouser fabric, these are not to be confused with sweatpants. They feature an elastic waist and ankle that help to stay comfortable while trapping your own body heat inside the pant.
As the winter solstice approaches and the days continue to shorten, don't let that seemingly dreary mentality degrade your dress in method or purpose. A small interjection of intentionality can dramatically change your winter presence.
Whether you're in a high desert climate like Denver, dealing with the frigid conditions of New York, or are in a relatively unchanged San Francisco, we're all dealing with these shorter days and being prepared while remaining styled is something we can all unite in.