weathering winter / no.002

Picasso once said, "learn all the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist." This outfit goes against a few 'menswear rules.' Personally, I've grown to love the subtle contrast of navy blue paired with black, and likewise black denim paired with dark brown boots. You know those people that say "you can't wear navy blue and black" or "you're not supposed to wear black pants with dark brown boots." Well, haters gonna hate. Try it, you might like it.

Winter is a lovely time if only just for layering. A denim jacket under something like a peacoat adds warmth with an edge to your ensemble. This particular denim jacket from 7 For All Mankind is quite soft and beautifully distressed. The brand does a great job offering nice fitting quality denim (black denim shown are from this brand). If you're like me, and love finding great deals on brands like these, check out this brand and others on GILT.comAgain, as said in weathering winter / no.001, I love the details of this peacoat; the buttons, slanted pockets, and particularly the fit and feel of the wool and cashmere blend. John Varvatos offers pretty fly mens outerwear (among other nice urban chic offerings).

And another watch that will literally outlast harsher conditions than you, this timepiece from Audemars Piguet has some serious craftsmanship. If you are one of the fortunate souls to get your hands on any of the one thousand of these that were ever manufactured, then wear it proudly in any season. Underneath this denim jacket is a chambray from J.Crew. Although some would see this as a fashion faux pas, you can totally layer a denim jacket over that chambray to mix and blend your blues in your outfit.

Being waterproof, warm, and stylish; these chelsea boots from Cole Haan are great for snow, rain, mud, salted roads... pretty much whatever the season has to throw at them. And again, enjoy your spring and summer–you earned it.

Navy Blue Wool & Cashmere Peacoat – John Varvatos / Distressed Denim Jacket & Black Slim Fit Denim - 7 for All Mankind / Chambray Button Down - J.Crew / Chestnut  Lenox Hill Chelsea Boot (waterproof) - Cole Haan / Limited Edition Royal Oak Offshore Survivor Chronograph Timepiece - Audemars Piguet / Tortoiseshell Clubmaster Sunglasses, Polarized Lenses - Ray-Ban / All Images: Jamie Clayton

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