7 Tips on How to Dress Warm When Wearing Formal Clothing | Stay Warm While Dressing Sharp

7 Tips on How to Dress Warm When Wearing Formal Clothing | Stay Warm While Dressing Sharp

7 Tips on How to Dress Warm When Wearing Formal
Clothing Stay Warm While Dressing Sharp [0:00:00] Hi! I’m Antonio Centeno. I’m the founder of
Real Men Real Style. Today, I’m going to be giving you seven tips on how to dress warm
when you’re wearing formal wear, when you’re basically wearing a suit, when you are wearing
nice clothing. Let’s say you’re up in Winnipeg, Canada or
you’re over in Toronto. You’re in New York City. It is cold. In fact, the gentleman who
sent me the question, he’s up in Canada. He’s saying, “Antonio, it’s 20 below zero here
and it’s cold, and I’ve got to wear a suit. I’ve got to look nice. How can I dress warmer?”
so I’m going to give him seven tips on how he can do this. Some of these you guys may
have already heard of and I’ve put out infographics, but I know some of those infographics haven’t
necessarily addressed how to dress warm when you’ve got to dress sharp. Point number one is going to be invest in
a heavy and long jacket. You may have to have an overcoat custom-made, but this is going
to be your key defense, that heavy jacket. Now, most overcoats out there, they’re made
for I guess people down in Florida or something, but you want one that is made from a heavyweight
fabric, that is lined with a windproof material, and you want it so that it buttons up all
the way that it flaps up or it basically has the neck protectors on the side that is longer.
It should go beyond your knees because that is going to be a big one. A lot of guys, they
cut it short. Maybe they go with a pea coat. Pea coats are cool, but the problem with the
pea coat is they’re not very long, the same thing with a lot of other types of jackets
out there, is that they don’t cover your backside. They don’t cover your thighs.
If you can get a long jacket which goes well past your knee, this is going to pay dividends
because when you’re out there standing on the corner and you’re able to bundle this
thing up, it’s going to protect your legs and do a great job at that, and this is a
really big tip. I know a lot of you guys are wondering, “Where
can I get a jacket like this?” Over at the article at Real Men Real Style, I’m going
to link to a couple of places, but in my experience for a lot of guys, they maybe want to have
something custom-made, but I will try to link to some vendors who can supply you with one. Okay, so point number two is the part that
the jacket doesn’t cover, and that is first off, your feet. Invest in a pair of winter
boots. What do I mean by winter boots? There’s a wide range out there. I’m talking a pair
of zip-up boots that have an insulation on the inside, and you should tell they’re insulated.
I’ve worked with a company over in Berlin called Shoepassion and I really like some
of their insulated boots. There are other companies out there that will use different
materials. The other thing to look for in a pair of insulated
boots is that they’re a bit higher up off the ground, so this may be a small difference.
We’re talking in some cases about a quarter of an inch, but that quarter of an inch to
half an inch can make a big difference in the sense of distancing you and insulating
you from the very cold ground. Anyone that’s had to stay at the bus stop for half an hour,
for 25 minutes in cold weather can really appreciate this because otherwise, that cold
is going to start to seep up and you want to make sure that you are properly insulated
from this. So point number three, you want to protect
your head, you want to protect your neck, and you want to protect your hands. Now, there
are going to be some very basic watch caps out there. If you’re going to go with the
watch cap, make sure it’s thicker, that it’s knitted, that you may even consider having
a thinner one that you wear underneath and then a thicker one on top. I’m a big fan of the full ushanka and really
covering and protecting yourself, being able to protect your ears, and having something
that at this point and when it’s that cold, believe me, it’s not going to really detract
too much. There are some other stylish hats and I’ll link to a few other options in the
article, but guys, this is where it’s okay to be mixing a little bit of casual with the
formal jacket. Now, the other thing — and this is where
you can keep it actually very sharp and really bring it together — is going for a nice scarf.
Now, I’ll link you to my infographic. I give you 11 ways to tie a scarf, but going with
a nice, long, cashmere scarf that you’re able to wrap around that’s going to really help
and protect your neck as well. Last thing about the hands, now a lot of the formal gloves
out there, they’re not going to go very far up. I’m a big fan of making sure you find
a pair of longer gloves that do a good job of covering the wrists. I’ll try to link you
to a few vendors at the article as well. After that, let’s go ahead and go to point
number four, which are thermals. There’s a wide variety of thermals out there. You want
to make sure you go with something that fits you a bit closer to the body. With casual
wear, you can go with a looser fit because usually the clothing in general is looser,
but with formal clothing, with suits, you need something that’s not going to just make
the suit look a bit odd because you’re trying to scrunch it in underneath. For that, I’m going to recommend a lot of
athletic wear. If you go into an athletic store, a lot of those bit of clothing that
fits really close to your body, there are certain things like Polartec Power Stretch
out of Malden Mills. I’m a big fan of what they do. There’s a company called Canyon that
makes it and I’ll link over to some of their products. If you get those and you get them
to fit closer to your body, that is going to be an awesome insulation layer. [0:05:01] Point number five, let’s now focus in on the
core. What I mean by the core, this is going to be your upper body and your torso and your
midsection area or basically in your ground or your crotch area. Some small little things
you can do, wear two pairs of underwear. Wear a pair of boxer briefs maybe with a pair of
briefs underneath instead of wearing boxers. Instead of wearing just one undershirt, how
about you wear two to even three undershirts? Now, you may be saying, “In the office, I’m
going to be incredibly hot.” Well, the great thing about just focusing
on the core is that you can walk into a bathroom, take your shirt off, and strip off one of
the layers, maybe even two of the layers. I know the double underwear theme may not
be for everybody, but I’m talking about for guys that — yeah, you know what I’m talking
about. It’s really cold and you don’t want to get frostbite anywhere, so focus in on
the core. It really is going to keep you a bit warm, and this is important when you can’t
go with a lot of long thermal underwear because I know the long johns for a lot of guys, it’s
just too much especially when you’re in a warm office. Point number six is going to be your suits
and your shirts, maybe go with a winter weight. What do I mean by that? Actually, you can
buy suits, you can buy shirts that are going to be a little bit heavier. That’s actually
wearing one of your heavy duty shirts, one of your suits, maybe going with flannels,
going with tweets. By simply bulking up that — maybe your trousers, instead of going with
the lightweight, why don’t you actually invest in some gray flannel trousers? By doing
that, if you’re going to just simply bulk up that layer and mix with everything else
we’re talking about, you’re really going to be able to better retain the heat. The last and by far not least, you want to
be paying attention to the various types of fabrics that you’re purchasing. Understand
the cotton. Cotton is very cheap. Cotton can be found all over the world, but cotton does
not insulate heat as well as wool and a number of synthetic materials which are specifically
designed to do that, and I’m talking more about the thermal underwear, so make sure
you’ve got the right fabrics. In addition, make sure you’ve got the right
weaves. There are some weaves out there which are going to allow air to move through very
easily. You want to be going with twill weaves on your shirts that are going to better retain
the heat and not allow air to move as easily between. Okay, guys, those are my seven tips. Hopefully
you enjoy them. I’ll see you in the next video. Take care. Bye-bye. [0:07:33] End of Audio

60 Replies to “7 Tips on How to Dress Warm When Wearing Formal Clothing | Stay Warm While Dressing Sharp”

  1. I'm wearing more, but thinner layers. A huge, thick sweater is not as effective as two thin layers, plus light sweater. After all it's easier to handle cold weather than warm weather. It's always possible to wear more clothing, but not to wear less. Also I don't think anyone won't understand that you protect your health, your business partners need you healthy. Greetings from Berlin!

  2. hi antonio, when you were discussing about an overcoat, would it also be acceptable to substitute that for mabye a mac/trenchcoat for when it gets slightly warmer? and also, do you think that a mac/ trenchcoat would be acceptable to wear with a suit? 🙂

  3. I have a medium short jacket, no idea what it's called, translated from my language it's called a "sailors jacket" i really like it, looks formal, and still has a great look, i just don't like the long jackets :)<3

  4. Great stuff! As a kilt wearer I can attest to the importance of keeping the torso warm. Then in most situations the main work is done. Woolen hose also help.
    And an Inverness cape is a great addition.

  5. You know what my pet peeve is? After spending money to have suits and sport coats dry cleaned and after ironing dress shirts, once you put on everything-especially the overcoat-everything seems less crisp than before you put it on. It's mostly from the weight of the clothing, and then add the body temperature factor and sweat from moving around etc. Many times I pre-heat the car on cold days, then wear thermals under the shirt and pants and put the suit jacket and overcoat on hangers and run with them to the car. I think if I were commuting via mass transit I would put the suit in a garment bag and wear the overcoat with an Aran sweater and heavy fabric pants. The thing about layering is that once you get the right fit for shirts, jackets,and coats, that fit gets compromised when one thing gets added on top of another. But you gotta stay warm, right? To modify a Mike Tyson quote: Everyone has a plan until the cold hits them in the face.

  6. that suit looks killer on you!
    great video.
    its not that cold here in germany, but sometime it does get really cold and it catches you off guard and you end up freezing.

  7. Solid content as always, thanks Antonio.

    My problem with cold weather dressing are I sweat rather easily and many buildings have their radiator set on high heat.
    If I wear heavy lined shoes, it can be soaked with my sweat when I am inside the building. I prefer regular shoes/boots, put insulation insoles and thick wool socks for outside, so that I can put them off for thinner socks when I stay in a building.

    My friend told me that cotton is not good for winter, and I find it's true after I tried synthetic/wool thermal. For a person who sweats a lot like me, synthetics stink (even shirt with silver stuff stinks on me). Merino wool is the best for me (not itchy) followed by woolblend (min 50% wool). I also have an old merino sweater which my girlfriend put in washing machine, it shrunk, a blessing in disguise for a student like me, I use it as a thermal now 😀

  8. Nice video! Can you make one for people who live in warmer areas? so we can look good but not feel uncomfortably hot. thanks i live in So-Cal

  9. Never thought my hometown of Winnipeg would get a shoutout in these videos!  Great advice Antonio, anyone coming up to Canada between October and March (especially in the Prairies or Eastern Canada)  should be packing wool or goose down.  Thermal leggings can an alternative for anyone who feels weird rocking 2 pairs of underwear.  You think you don't need it, but walk outside and you might think twice!

  10. Antonio, you look great in that suit, I definitely like it more than the green and purple.  Very sharp and professional, I love it.  I still need to pick up a navy suit one of these days.

  11. My only problem with the colder seasons here, is that they're not long enough, so I don't get to wear my coats as much as I'd like.

    Nice tip about the Twill weaved shirts, I can now discard those for when I get new one.

  12. @Real Men Real Style a big thank you. I have a sport thermal for my legs because when it is cold, my legs hurt. I don't know why, but it started after I lost a lot of weight. That cap looked really ugly in my eyes but I will invest in one for the next winter. Here in Stockholm, Sweden, it is spring now and I have pulled up my short armed shirts and beige pants to celebrate it. Antonio, thank you. =)

  13. Hi! I have been learning quite a bit from these videos, but I have been wondering should I buy a white suit? I am Indian so I have black hair and a little darker skin. Should I buy one? What will work?

  14. Thanks for your tips! They are very useful in Mother Russia, where General Frost leaves he's positions very slowly even in spring.

  15. Antonio, do you have any tips for dressing for rain while wearing formal clothing? That might make for a good follow-up video to this one, if you haven't made on already.

  16. Man, I look at that scarf video and you looked so small on that video , you looked about 17 on that one. When did you started the whole YouTube thing?

  17. what about perfume or colone how mush should you had and where when your wearing a suit so the smell wont be so strong  

  18. Canada life explained on this video. -30 is layering weather for sure. Ive been doing laundry waaaay too often because of this winter

  19. I was wondering if it's ok to wear a long black double breasted overcoat with a single breasted suit? I like wearing them but since they're two styles I don't know if it makes me look odd!

  20. I look a couple of RMRS videos. Its really helpful with all the dressing tips. Then I want to add an extra info coming from Montreal, where the winter measure -35C (-31F) in some days with a wind chill may be down to -45C (-49F).

  21. Thank for the video. Do you still have those recommendations for companies making the really long really warm coats, as there is no link here or on the article for them?

  22. I have watched this video and many others, and read many of your articles and ebooks. All have helped me a great deal with several aspects of my wardrobe. Thank you! Now I am wondering if you have any advice on dealing with rainy weather. Tips on raincoats, waterproof fabrics and umbrellas? I realise there might be some overlap with this video here, but I am asking anyway.

  23. Might be a bit of a silly question, but are there coats made to wear over suit jackets? I have pretty broad shoulders (I'm over 2m/6'7, trapezoid (?) body type) and wear tailored suit jackets but I can't seem to find coats that will fit well over the suit without looking saggy.

  24. Wool base layers, wool scarf, sheepskin lined gloves, fur Ushanka, wool socks. Smart wool and ice breakers are great brands.

  25. one of the best winter coats I have is a long (hits about 2 inches below my knee, and I'm 5.10 for perspective) heavy duty woollen jacket that is very smart. double breasted, epaulettes, the whole 9 yards. it was only £30 to buy from a military surplus store, RAF Officer's overcoat. try checking your local mil-sur stores, see what they stock!
    I get tonnes of compliments on it in smart or casual outfits, worth the money!

  26. Man I live in Toronto . Most winters we don't worry about style . I have a 850 down jacket ! 40 below winter boots . I buy good mountain climbing gear . It's not cheap . I don't fool around .

  27. Hello sir, your tie is looking great. Is it italian knot. I know how to make a dimple but not know how to make that knot. Please guide me. Thank-you

  28. If one doesn't have a moral dilemma with it, I would suggest that a long fur coat solves all the problems in one go. Canada sells some of the best furs in the world.

  29. Antonio, I love you videos, but why do you call a coat a jacket? This is becoming quite common and I do not understand it. I am a classic dresser and collect clothes of all types. It is truly sad that people no longer really appreciate a nice topcoat or overcoat. Thanks for your continued good advice.

  30. We have to wear Mary-Janes at our school. Mine have super thin soles. It really sucks.
    And I suggest Uniqlo Heat-Tec thermal underclothing. It's soft and really warm.

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  32. It gets -40 here, luckily i kept my winter parade jacket from the military. It's massive and heavy but stylish, protective and warm.

  33. -40°f is not uncommon where I live and let me tell you, wool over coats or if you can afford them, lined, fur over coats are your friend!

  34. Thank you for this video! It was really helpful. I have/had difficulty to find information what to wear as a women at winter, but this presentation was informative enough to be translated to women's wear as well. Thank you for your help!

  35. 1. Invest in a heavy and long jacket
    2. Buy Winter boots
    3. Protect your head, neck and hands
    4. Wear Thermals
    5. Pay attention to your core
    6. Try winter weight suits and shirts
    7. Pay attention to fabrics

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