It is as difficult to know what to wear in 40 degree weather as it is in 100 degree weather.
Some guys prefer to dress cosy and warm, and are less sure of their summer style. Some guys are the total opposite.
Dressing for the cold can be difficult as you need to be practical as well as stylish. Layering requires more individual items of clothing, so many struggle with what goes together and which items they can layer on top of one another. If you want to look cosy chic in men’s cardigan styles or add some edge to your winter look with a leather jacket, we’ve got you.
No matter where you’re going this winter, we’ve got you covered with this ultimate guide to what to wear in 40 degree weather, and look cool in the cold.
Going To Work
Generally, suits keep you pretty warm. But in 40 degree weather, you might want to add a few extra layers to your ensemble, particularly for the journey. If you wear a suit, think about investing in a slim fit wool coat. They look great over a suit as well as over a turtle-neck sweater or even a t-shirt. If you don’t know what to wear in 60 degree weather, a wool coat over something casual will be sure to elevate your look. Find one in a neutral color, like tan or navy, to make it extra versatile.
Another great option when it’s 40 degree weather and you want to stay warm in the office, is a slim fit sweater that you can wear underneath your suit jacket. Cardigans are perfect for when you need a little extra warmth in your suit.
On A Date
Dates can be hard to dress for at the best of times, let alone in 40 degree weather. Of course, the perfect date outfit depends on what the date entails. Similar to going to the office, a woolen light jacket is great for dressing up something more casual and still keeping you warm. It’s the perfect weather to wear autumn shades like burgundy or mauve, so wear a sweater in one of these colors underneath. Turtle-necks are flattering on everyone and super chic, so if you don’t want to carry a scarf around, this is a great alternative. If your muted palette feels a little boring, try spicing it up and wear some subtle jewellery, like a necklace or a statement watch.
Knitwear is another great choice for a date when it’s 40 degrees. If you’re going for a thicker or more textured knit, get it in a slimmer fit to avoid looking bulky. When it’s cold you’ll be grateful for those thicker layers. To avoid knitwear aging your look, accessories are still a great way to keep it modern. Stay away from darker brown shades, and lean into greens, blues or a neutral light gray.
At The Weekend
In your down time, you can relax your style. The weekend is a great time to try outfits that are more casual and have a bit of edge. Keep your tailored jacket for during the week, and try a denim or leather jacket instead. Over your usual sweater and jeans combo, an oversized jacket will keep you toasty warm and make you look casual and stylish in 40 degree weather. If you’re opting for a denim jacket, get a color that contrasts with the color of your jeans to avoid looking dated. Black jeans and a lighter blue jacket are a great combo for any man. Find a sweater to go underneath that’s more fitted, so your outfit will still be comfortable and flattering.
If you’re still a little chilly, add a scarf and a hat. Scarves are an easy way to add a pop of color to your cold weather outfit. If you don’t know what to wear for 60 degree weather, colorful scarves are also a great choice.
Three words: layers, layers, layers. Going out in the evening in 40 degree weather means it’s colder outside and warmer inside, so it’s best to find garments you can take off and put on easily. In 40 degree weather, you’ll want a thicker jacket. Wool will keep you really warm, and looks effortlessly classy whatever is underneath it. You can even get an oversized fleece, if you style it with some gold jewellery and tighter jeans, to keep the look modern and youthful.
A thicker bomber jacket is also a great option – particularly if there’s rain as well. You can wear a bomber over a thicker sweater or hoodie to make sure you don’t get cold throughout the night. A light jacket is incredibly versatile, so as long as you pair it with some warmer layers, jackets from your Spring wardrobe can still work.
Formal events are tricky because you want to keep warm but not cover your stylish formalwear under a large jacket. Layering works well here, as you can slip a cardigan or sweater under your blazer to keep you warm. If you worry it will make your look seem more casual, wear accessories to the blazer such as a lapel pin or pocket square. They will keep your formalwear looking fly, no matter what the weather is.
Another option for 40 degree weather is to choose garments in heavier, thicker fabrics to keep out the cold. In a formal outfit, you could get a velvet smoking jacket to stay warm and stylish. You need a few staple blazers in your wardrobe, so have one of those in a material like velvet, wool or corduroy so you have some options for 40 degree weather.
The only thing worse than being out in the cold is staying out in the cold. If you’re going to an outdoor event in 40 degree weather, you’ll need to wrap up even more so you don’t get cold after a bit of time outside. Again, layering and thick fabrics are your friends here. You can wear a sweater with a thicker jacket to keep the cold weather off, and a scarf and hat as well to lock in that heat. Even at outdoor events in 40 degree weather, it’s helpful to wear removable layers. If you’re at a football game or out for a long walk, you might generate some body heat and want to take a layer off.
For trousers, jeans or chinos in denim, corduroy or a thicker cotton will keep you cosy even in 40 degree weather.
What To Wear In 40 Degree Weather? The Essentials
When it’s 40 degrees, you’ll certainly want to make sure you wrap up warm with a jacket or coat. But you don’t have to opt for a cosy dad look if that’s not your style. Keep it sleek with a wide brimmed hat or comfortable in a beanie. The number one rule for cold weather is layers. This way you can take off the top layers when you’re inside, and still be warm when you head back out into the cold. Pair softer, less fitted garments with more tailored pieces, and you’ll look as cool as 40 degree weather.
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