Dressing for the colder months can get a bit… utilitarian. Aesthetics take a backseat when it’s sub-zero outside and insulation becomes the top priority. It doesn’t have to be no fun and all function, though. Visit a brand that cares as much about materials as design, and the textures you get to play with make winter the most creative and sartorial season of the year.
That’s where Luca Faloni comes in. The Italian brand specialises in wardrobe essentials woven from the world’s finest, softest fabrics, which will keep you warm and feel great against the skin, a winning combination when the temperature drops. They’re also made to last, crafted by Italian artisans who blend timeless design with luxurious modern details.
So what are the layering pieces you need in your wardrobe this season, and how should you wear them? Here’s everything you need to know about dressing warm without leaving your style out in the cold.
Key Autumn/Winter Layers
For ultimate warmth, the right knitwear makes all the difference. Depending on just how cold it is, chunkier styles such as cable knits or fisherman’s jumpers can be worn on their own, whereas lighter weight sweaters are perfect for layering under jackets or outerwear.
Softness should also be a consideration. Poorly chosen fabric can be itchy and uncomfortable against the skin, which is far from ideal. This is why Luca Faloni is meticulous about the mills it partners with for its knitwear, which is among the softest and most luxurious you’ll find anywhere. The brand’s cashmere knits are crafted with two or four-ply yarn from the Cariaggi fine yarns collection, renowned for its incredible softness and durability.
Cotton Twill Trousers
An often overlooked aspect of winter dressing, trousers don’t tend to get the attention they deserve. Similar to your top half, those made from thicker fabrics are better for keeping out the cold, which means you should shun lightweight cotton and linen blends in autumn and winter. Instead, opt for pants made from dense cotton twill or wool, which do a much better job of keeping your legs warm.
Using their mastery of fabric, Luca Faloni’s Cortina trousers might be the perfect tool for the job. Crafted from a remarkably soft, stretch cotton twill with a weight of 350 grams per square metre, they’re ideal for keeping you warm without weighing you down. Designed for comfort, the 3% elastane will help them mould to your shape, while the mid-rise and tapered fit ensure they’re versatile enough for work and play.
Accessories are an easy way to add a point of difference to a look. From gloves and scarfs to bags and leather goods, these finishing touches can make or break an outfit, so it’s best to choose wisely. The trick is to keep things consistent. If you’re wearing a smart, single-breasted overcoat, for example, match its formality with a pair of leather gloves, rather than the knitted variety.
Luca Faloni’s range of expertly designed accessories is unparalleled for its use of the finest materials and craftsmanship. The double-faced cashmere scarf and cashmere lined nubuck leather gloves are an excellent choice if you want to keep warm in style, while the chocolate brown leather weekender is the perfect size for those travelling home for the holidays.
Key Autumn/Winter Looks
An easy way to look cool (and stay warm) in the colder months is by wearing complementary neutral colours. Think earthy browns, greens and beige, which look great together and pair easily with light blue and navy. A key piece from Luca Faloni’s collections is its cashmere polo sweater, the perfect accompaniment to its Cortina chino trousers. Layer it above a brushed cotton shirt and you can’t go wrong.
Business wear doesn’t have to be boring. Inject a dash of subtle colour by spicing up your knitwear rotation while keeping the rest of the look muted. Think jewel tones of dark reds, deep blues and rich greens, which wear well with understated greys and browns. Available in a range of tones including marine, Luca Faloni’s cashmere V-neck sweater is perhaps the perfect piece, ideal for wearing on the move between meetings in the city.
When travelling for work or play in the colder months, it’s best to keep your clothes as easy and as versatile as possible. Simple designs that effortlessly combine with one another are best, so think staple chinos, classic shirts and comfortable knitwear. You can’t go wrong with a tonal look of all blue, but it won’t hurt to mix things up slightly with a contrasting shade up top.
Luca Faloni’s cashmere zip cardigan in Hunting Green does the trick, adding a sophisticated edge to an already timeless ensemble. Finish with a brown leather belt and you’ve got an easy to wear, contemporary outfit that’ll work for a variety of occasions.
Keeping warm doesn’t have to come at the expense of looking good. It’s entirely possible to do both if you stick to understated wardrobe classics in complementary shades. As Luca Faloni proves with its collection of well-crafted, luxurious staples, staying stylish in the cold is a challenge worth taking on. Whether you want to upgrade your autumn/winter wardrobe or you need to update your travel attire, investing in fabric is key. Look out for classic designs in luxurious cotton or cashmere, and you’ll stay well dressed and comfortable right through to spring.
A paid partnership with Luca Faloni – words and opinion Ape’s own.