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This time of year is pretty evil. It's turning cold, it's getting darker, and your wardrobe is well and truly letting you freeze to death thanks to a lethal blend of no knitwear even less ideas. Nightmare.

Never fear though, because this week, we're going to show you how you can make the most out of the clothing that the Winter months have to offer- then make sure that what you choose will be fit to answer another Winter fueled dilemma.

If you're in that working conundrum of not needing (or wanting) to wear a suit to work, but still want to look the business, then use this look to not only solve your work wear woes, but also carry you from your annoyingly squeaky swivel chair, to the nearest bar. Thank god for evenings and weekends.

To crack this look, we've taken a leaf of the American book of prep. Classic and elegant, but not so smart that you look like you're struggling to put a suit together, it's got just the right level of well dressed style, without screaming power dresser.

Lyle & Scott LS Shawl Collar Cardigan

We love a good shawl collar knit, and this Lyle & Scott piece certainly fits that bill. Setting off the preppy look with a hefty chunk of nostalgic style, it's finished off with the heritage Lyle & Scott golden eagle. Shawl collar's are great because they're so versatile. Wear this one open when you hit the bar, and fasten it up to the top for a smart look when you're at work.

Ralph Lauren 3BD Poplin Navy Check Shirt at

The undoubted king of preppy style, Ralph Lauren have been producing shirting of serious notoriety for over 40 years. This Gingham number comes from the same breed of their infamous Oxford shirt, featuring a smart button down colour, and polo player logo on the chest. A decent shirt is essential- if you need to lose the cardigan, you haven't got anything to hide.

Ted Baker Natural Stripe 5.5cm Tie

It's all in the details with this Ted Baker tie. Putting the icing on the cake (and the cherry too) it's a classy lesson taught using some serious thoroughbred style. With a check shirt and stripe tie becoming a staple style in recent years, we've used the burgundy on this edition to give the look some seasonally trendy colour, and the contrasting grey to add some extra texture.

Ryan J Gray


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