Winter Must Haves in Las Vegas
By Ricci J Lopez
(Photo by Michael W. Rogers Photography)
Las Vegas is located in the heart of the Mojave Desert. Because of this, the summers are scorching hot. The 2022 summer season saw record-breaking heat waves that lasted much longer than “normal.” Locals are desperate for cooler weather. I speak for myself when I say that winter fashion allows for layered looks and much more options. There are key essentials that every man needs in his wardrobe to accommodate for the fall season (especially when traveling to colder climates). Some of those essentials happen to be some of the current trends we are seeing for 2022-2023 Winter Menswear.
The Pea Coat:
The Pea coat has been around since the 1800s and was adopted by The Royal Netherlands Navy and was popularized by the US military. The coat was needed to withstand the harsh weather conditions while at sea. Fast-forward to Fall/Winter 2022 and the Pea coat continues to pop up in today’s mainstream fashion and has been seen on the runways of many fashion houses for Fall “22. A vast array of colors with bold and wide shoulders are trending so don’t be afraid of the light blue, royal blue, and pink pea coats.
The Varsity Jacket:
The iconic varsity jacket can be traced all the way back to Harvard University in the year 1865. Harvard’s baseball team at the time was the first known group of students to sew large old English “H” patches onto their uniforms. The uniform was a gray flannel pullover. The embroidered “H” was sewn right onto the center of the sweaters. Soon to be known as “letterman sweaters.” Cardigans then gained traction. And, by 1930, the Varsity Letterman jacket we know today was born. We are currently seeing luxury fashion houses like Dolce&Gabbana, GIVENCHY, Louis Vuitton, and VERSACE, all with their own versions of the letterman jacket. The common denominator would be several different types of patches, bold branding, pops of color, and embossed sleeves.
Turtlenecks were typically worn by knights who needed the high necks to prevent rashes and chafing from their chainmail and helmets. As time progressed mostly laborers, athletes and seamen wore them. The main reason was because of the convenience of the built-in scarf-like protection and still for work purposes. Turtlenecks have made a huge comeback and have been trending for several seasons. They are elegant and when worn correctly they can elevate any casual look. Turtlenecks as a trend are seen most with formalwear, suits and sport coats.
The first introduction of the tracksuit properly began with French company Le Coq Sportif’s development of the ‘Sunday suit’ in 1939. Fast forward to 1967 and a suit was designed to be worn on the track. Viewed as a very practical outfit. It was ADIDAS’s first interest in clothing and was a collaboration design with German footballer Franz Beckenbauser. Today, tracksuits can be seen everywhere and worn by everyone. Wearing a tracksuit is effortless and designers like GUCCI and FENDI have set the precedent for exuberant fabrics and designs that make them coveted by luxury consumers.
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