MEN'S STYLING: Styling by Sally's Sally Mackinnon shares her tips for men's winter dressing.
MEN'S STYLING: Styling by Sally's Sally Mackinnon shares her tips for men's winter dressing.

Stay stylish this winter with top tips

SALLY Mackinnon, a Melbourne-based men's stylist, knows what are men need to do to stay stylish during this winter.

She has a list of easy style tips that are very practical for men over 50 whether they still working or retired and looking to dress for a more relaxed lifestyle.

"Men's fashion doesn't change as frequently as women's," Sally enthuses.

"Without a doubt, the cycle of change is a lot slower so you see a lot less change season to season.

"It's a good thing for men as the same sort of things come around each winter season.

"Investing in some classic pieces that are good quality and if you look after them, a guy can have things in his wardrobe for many, many years because he is not faced with 'next season this is not in fashion' type problem."


Sally's top winter tips are -

Best colours

  • Navy and grey are always very popular throughout the year, and remain welcome colours in winter.
  • Deep burgundy red complements the navy and grey and adds a little bit of warm colour to the wardrobe.

Fabric and patterns

  • Keep the separates choices classic and tailored, such as trousers, jumpers and shirts.
  • You can have a lot of fun with outer garments like coats and blazers.
  • There are a lot of great checked, plaid and Prince of Wales blazers and sports jackets around.


  • Knitwear is a great staple item in winter.
  • There are some shawl-collar jumper or button-up turtle neck ones around, that can be worn open with a collared shirt, and worn with a casual work outfits or with jeans.


  • In the higher-end stores you will probably see shoes with velvet accents.
  • It's unlikely the velvet trend, which is being seen in women's shoes this winter, will enter into the mainstream men's shoe offerings.
  • There are lots of suede and nubuck choices.
  • Men are experimenting a lot more with shoe design and colour. It's a great way to bring a bit of interest to an outfit which is mostly classic.
  • On-trend colours are chestnut to chocolate brown which go with just about everything from classic to informal wear.
  • In nubuck and suede, there are navy shades. Consider breaking up the navy with tan shoelaces and a tan sole.


  • Men's styles are a lot more tapered that they used to be, including in jeans.
  • The most modern cut for any man of any age is a slim leg.
  • Out are boot cuts and wide, baggy legs.


  • Men are becoming more discerning with accessories. They are wearing interesting cuff links, adding in a pocket square to their jackets or a tie pin.
  • Patterned socks are in fashion.
  • It's those little details that are taking men's outfits to the next level.


  • Facial hair is still on-trend.
  • A well-groomed man with a well man-scaped beard and moustache can look very sophisticated.
  • It's about keeping any facial hair neatly trimmed and tidy. The same for any hairstyle.
  • Choosing your hairstyle and your glasses should be about the shape of your face.


Sally recommends men over 50 should head to shops such as M.J. Bale, Trenery and Sportscraft to find their fashion choices for any time of the year.

To follow Sally Mackinnon's style tips or get some online advice from her team, go to

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