5 Winter Wardrobe Essentials
1. Cardigans: Pretty much all major clothing stores have their own take on the men’s cardigan, which means they can be found at a wide variety of prices. Check out Old Navy, Gap, and Macys to start. These can be difficult to pull off without top surgery, but can still work with a bit of creative layering (for example, a cardigan on top of a heavy flannel on top of a t-shirt and binder).
2. Flannels: These are very warm and can be worn in a wide variety of settings (dressed up or down). They are also perfect for layering, either as a top layer (over a hoodie, for instance) or a bottom layer (under a sweater). Check out American Eagle (currently on clearance), REI (on sale), and Eddie Bauer (also on sale). With their bold patterns and thickness, they are perfect to wear pre-top surgery.
3. Thermals: Again, these can be difficult to pull off if you haven’t had top surgery because they are kind of clingy. If you get them in a larger size, wear them as a base layer, or even just get them with stripes, however, they can still look great. Try looking at Target, American Eagle, or Gap.
4. A wool or knit tie: A grey wool tie looks great with a winter suit for a formal event or a flannel shirt for something more low key. The Tie Bar is a great place to find any kind of tie. Always good to have one on hand so you can throw together a nice wintery outfit.
5. A go-to hat: Hats keep you warm, obviously, but they also give you hat hair. To avoid walking around with hat hair, a lot of people just pick a hat that is also stylish enough to keep on at all times. Obviously this won’t work in every setting (some schools and offices don’t let you wear hats), but for the casual wear, you can’t beat a nice beanie. Make your own or pick one up at mensbeanies.com (a site that collects awesome beanies from around the internet in one place).