Fashion: Winterize your wardrobe
Shop smart. All it takes are a few good pieces to maximize your current wardrobe for winter.
Meet: Gary Jones
Hometown and neighborhood: Columbus
Fashion favorites: Tom Ford and Dwyane Wade
Job: Lead style consultant at Jones Select Custom Clothiers (jonescustomclothing.com)
"Guys, you know, we'll get everything in the same color," Jones said, laughing, "or find something we like and say, 'Just give me three of those.'"
Well, most guys. Not him.
Jones' style consulting business, Jones Select, offers custom clothing and styling advice (he has a half-off personal shopping deal going this month). His well-tailored eye for men's fashion got him an invite to show on the exclusive Phoenix Fashion Week runway this fall.
Here are some of Jones' pro suggestions for what items guys can get to liven up their wardrobe this season.
A newsboy cap. "These are a hot item in fashion right now."
Non-prescription glasses frames. "Women can change their hair or makeup, but guys have to try a little harder to change the dimension. Glasses help us switch it up."
Color accents for suits. Don't be afraid to try purple or red scarves or ascots, Jones said. A safe rule to follow, he added, is to match the accent to your eyes or skin. Blue and green eyes will pop with a similarly hued accent color. Autumn colors like orange and yellow complement dark skin tones well.
V-neck sweaters.These classics can stand alone or are great for layering over a T-shirt or collared button down.
Not black. Buy your main pieces, like a double-breasted blazer, in colors like a muted brown, navy or gray. "We're going away from black. Earth tones can work in more settings."
Earthy reddressshoes. "That antiquish, old brownish-red. You can wear these with so many colors."
Ladies have pretty much got the winter look down. Take one sun dress, slap a turtleneck on under it, a cardigan on over it, add some boots with tights, and you're done. To spruce up your wardrobe this winter, swap your standbys with these cozy yet fashion-forward looks. These trends are hot, but even better, they're warm.
If you like wearing: Tights and boots
Try: Tights, boots and knee-high socks
Equestrian-style boots - be them flat or heeled - worn with tights are still popular; however, pull a pair of knee-high socks all the way up so they're peeking above the boots for a cozy, modern take. Take the look to a casual level by layering tights and scrunchy knee-highs that cuff just above the boot.
If you like wearing: Turtlenecks
Cover your neck in style. Scarf connoisseurs should hit up Substance in the Short North (783 N. High St.). The boutique offers a "Scarfscription" service where they'll send shoppers a different wrap each month. A three-month subscription is $90; one year is $360.
If you like wearing: Cardigans
Got a cardigan in every color? Blazers offer the same layering sensibility but add a touch of chic. Plus, blazers are just as versatile as cardigans. They look great with either dresses or denim.
If you like wearing: Lip balm
Try: A bold lip color
Cure gray winter doldrums with a bright red or pink lip. To ward off dry lips, look for products that offer moisturizers and SPF protection.