I find that autumn and winter give me some of the best opportunities to experiment with my own personal fashion. This season in particular offers a variety of looks for the modern gent to mix and match. Whether dressing to impress or just rolled out of bed, there’s no reason to not find something fabulous this Christmas.

Colour: Camel

The colour; Camel has reinstated its sense of luxury and the ability to breathe life into any outfit. It is one of the key colours for this A/W 13 and a perfect alternative to the darker colours associated with these seasons. Consider the colour for outerwear, complimenting other traditional colours of the season such as greys, blacks and navy, which will blend perfectly into anyone’s winter wardrobe. To avoid a ‘Del-Boy’-esque look, aim for an overcoat that cuts slim and sharp to embody a more sophisticated appearance, after all, camel is class.

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Now you can mix and match to how you want to express yourself. I find that wearing a tight slim blazer underneath my cream coloured overcoat, offers a sharp appearance, as well as keeping your torso warm and toasty on those cold morning treks up to uni. I also like to wear a patterned scarf, draped over my shoulders and tucked under the lapels of the overcoat, breaking up the outfit and adding my own personal touch to a sharp outfit. The key to any mans wardrobe is his own stamp on the entire collection.  Why not combine your camel overcoat with something bold, like a roll neck jumper to release your retro side as well as to challenge the conventional Christmas jumper wearers!

For those who prefer a more casual look then place your Christmas jumper underneath a camel quilted jacket. A pair of camel chinos are also perfect for the casual gent, brightening up a dreary day without having to leave the house feeling too dressed up.

Quilting

Quilted garments such as jackets and jumpers also a big trend this A/W’13. Quilting has been applied to t-shirts, sweatshirts and even in accessories like gloves (which are really quite appealing in the freezing weather). I’m particularly fond of quilted sweatshirts, with the quilting on the upper torso or on the sleeves. It really brings out a whole new perspective to any look.  Not only does it keep you warm, but quilting also adds dimensions to all types of outfit. I have yet to get my hands on a quilted jacket for this winter, but I intend it to become an essential part of my wardrobe this season. And with high street retailers currently stocking quilted products at reasonable prices, there is no wear better to get your fashion fix.

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Students

Now we are students after all, and we don’t like to beat up our wallets too much, but there are plenty of high street and independent retailers that stock many of these lovely pieces for a student-friendly price. Take for example these little quilted numbers from H&M. Very cosy. Very casual. Very affordable.

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Now you may think the orange a little extreme, but in keeping with the camel theme this winter, I feel its best to showcase similar shaded pieces to develop the trend and make it your own! Orange is also another colour trending this season, not just in outerwear but in knitwear, shirts and trousers. Have a look at some inspirational pieces that vary from statement to subtle.

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As for those of you of the more formal persuasion, finding a decent overcoat that won’t injure your bank account can be a bit of a challenge. But you should know that the overcoat will never go out of fashion and is an absolute killer piece during winter for any formal gent’s wardrobe. An overcoat is not just for Christmas, it’s for life. Once you’ve got one, you won’t need another. So it’s definitely worth investing a little something extra to have one. Your standard high street retailers such as River Island, Topman and Zara are currently stocking camel pieces at about as affordable as you can get. And don’t forget those Boxing Day sales coming up! Yet, honestly, something I personally do is browsing that little site we all know and love, EBay. You’d be surprised how cheap a lot of pieces are. However there’s always the issue of postage of packaging and the quality of the item. My advice, stick to what you know and see what’s out there, you may be pleasantly surprised.

So there you have it, a few items of fashion inspiration for the winter uni gent. No matter what your style, there’s something out there for everyone to mix and match to create some really sharp looks this season. So layer up, and try on something new for Christmas.