Everyone knows how much I love hygge – and how much I love my boi (ya boi) Jake Story. This is an extra special post from everyone’s favourite menswear blogger Jake from Overdiluted.net, who has something to say about super-cosy menswear for AW15.
Hyggeligt attire is usually one of two things. It’s either cosy, warm and for days spent indoors cooking and listening to great records, or it’s stuff that makes you feel that little bit cosier, happier and comfier despite the fact you might find yourself braving the chilly outdoors. Whichever it is, October through to late spring is all about dressing with hygge in mind, embracing what the elements bring us and staying as comfortable as possible through any weather. I have a real love for Scandinavian and Northern European menswear, which is reflective of what I’ve picked out – I have a feeling that a lot of these items were crafted with hygge in mind.
For me, autumn/winter is all about layering. It probably comes from more time spent dressing for the cold than the warm, but a great outfit for me is all about layers. It’s why I like the colder weather so much; there’s so many more possibilities. Long sleeve tees, overshirts, light jackets, coats, scarves… the list goes on.
Libertine Libertine Hunter Shirt
Thick enough to almost act as an overshirt, the heavy cotton of this piece from Denmark’s Libertine Libertine will do its best to keep you right no matter how cold it might be. The deep marled red is a striking yet effortless tone that’s nothing but versatile. Great with nice dark denim, worn open with a plain white tee or underneath a collegiate grey loopback sweater.
Whistles Jersey Sweatpants
Perfect for those days spent catching up with Netflix but of a slim and easy enough cut that they’re definitely okay to venture beyond the walls of your flat, these Whistles sweatpants are one of the softest and comfiest items of clothing I have ever worn. Ever. Embrace their super-cool comfort and flattering bagginess; with the right jumper and (clean) sneakers, these don’t have to be treated any different from a pair of chinos, keeping you hyggeligt as hell wherever you venture at the weekend.
Form & Thread Socks
The wintertime often means that nobody gets to see your meticulously planned outfit because you never get chance to take off your coat, which for me is all the more reason to make sure your sock game is on point. Socks are fun and effective way of brightening things up, and Form & Thread bring really, really high quality ones to you for the fraction of the price of many other brands. If you’re going for bright socks, keep the shoes muted or vice versa, and remember that everything looks great with grey socks, especially in marl.
Stutterheim Rubberised Raincoat
Stutterheim are a Swedish brand all about embracing the melancholy that comes with rain and grey weather. With welded seams and vulcanised rubber, there’s literally no way you will ever be wet ever again in one of these, it’s amazing. These raincoats will help you find hygge even when you’re caught in the pouring rain, which is pretty amazing. And if £175 sounds like a lot, consider the typically Scandi timeless and minimalist design – you can bank on the fact you’ll still be wearing this in four years.
Cos Wool Cardigan
Going for the jumper/shirt combination wears a bit thin after a while, so why not consider something a little more lightweight and versatile that can easily slot under a jacket or coat. This Cos take on a traditional ‘grandad’ cardigan is reimagined for 2015 with a simple zip that really sets this piece apart. It’s 100% lambswool, which has never, ever been a bad thing and the low, round neckline makes it easy to work with; there’s nothing worse than that feeling of a weird bit of collar beneath your coat, that properly does my head in. Anyway, I could bet money on just how hyggeligt this will make you feel – regardless of whether you’re in front of the fire or spending a crisp day Christmas shopping.
What do you make of Jake’s choices? Will you be donning any of these pieces this winter?