Men’s Style Q&A: Staying stylish in the cold, perfect Thanksgiving looks

Wednesday November 18th, 2015

This week‘s Sports Illustrated Style Q&A will help you stay warm and look your best while cheering on your favorite teams in the winter months, let you impress your significant other’s family while overindulging in turkey and potatoes on Thanksgiving and recreate one of Amar‘e Stoudemire‘s signature looks without his million dollar bankroll. You can find last week’s edition here or download’s app and stop by its men’s style section to make sure you have access to the day’s hottest fashions.

Q: How do I tailgate while staying warm? Any wearable tech recommendations? -Kyle

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Hi Kyle! With football season in full effect and the temps dropping, we actually received this question from lots of gents. Let’s start with wearable tech so you can focus on keeping your body temperature in check as you throw on face paint and fire up the grill. We’re a big fan of Uniqlo’s Heattech products and recommend their long johns and long sleeve shirts for your innerwear. Next, let‘s talk cold weather accessories. Try out this Under Armour warm beanie in a neutral grey. To keep your fingers warm the tech savvy way, so you can check your fantasy league without getting frostbite, we have a couple of great options. We love this for a luxury pair that will last you for seasons to come and this for an affordable “I always lose my gloves” pair. We have one last recommendation here, for a little something techie that’s easy to tuck away in your pocket. You’ll thank us when there is 3 seconds left in the game, your team just scored the winning TD, you’re trying to take a selife, and your phone is at 2% battery. Happy tailgating!

Q: I'm spending Thanksgiving with my girlfriend's family for the first time. What do I wear? -Ben

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Sounds like things are getting hot and heavy with you and your girl, Ben! Congrats on making some pretty major moves. We know Thanksgiving with her family sounds intimidating but if you’re rocking the perfect outfit, there is nothing to fear. The key is striking the perfect balance between looking dapper enough to wow her parents, and comfy enough so you can lick your plate clean and impress grandma. Here’s the rundown, top to bottom: 1) Two-button blazer: adds a nice dressy touch, without going overboard. 2) Checkered button-down shirt: classic and perfectly fine to wear solo when the game comes on and the blazer comes off. 3) Grey chinos: modern, classy and a step-up from your everyday jeans. 4) Leather loafers: please do not show up in sneakers; even your “nice” ones! You’re all set. Now, just pick up a bottle of wine or a nice candle and you’ll totes be in the circle of trust in no time. Just don’t pull any Focker moves and your next question to us will be “what do I wear to pop the big Q!” Ok, fine we’ll calm down.

Q: Which brands have the best winter sweaters if I don't want to spend a lot of money? -Thomas

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Hi Thomas! There’s no need to spend a fortune while elevating your sweater game. We’ve come up with some options that’ll give you the most bang for your buck! If you’re looking to refresh your wardrobe with sweaters that are “NOW” take a look at this shoulder patch detail sweater and this knitted texture sweater from one of our favorite wallet-friendly retailers, Asos. For under 30 bucks each, being on trend is easy! If you’re on the hunt for a classic sweater you can wear to work and dinner out, check this affordable luxury option from Nordstrom out here for only $40. Have a holiday party coming up? Why not throw on a skinny wool tie to complete the look? Yep, guaranteed ‘tis-the-season stud status. Lastly, for the sweater you’ll want to wear over and over again, we recommend this quarter zip sweater from Zappos. Sometimes you gotta rock a throwback. Besides, the nineties are making a serious comeback. We’ll talk Birkenstocks come spring but in the meantime, enjoy that sweater weather!

Q: I love Amar’e Stoudemire's outfit in this pic. How do I get this preppy and trendy look? -Austin

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You’ve come to the right place, Austin! We’re pretty much experts on “how to get the look” questions and Amar’e is one of our favorite athlete style icons of all time. The varsity cardigan (time to cue up Varsity Blues) is definitely trending and we found a pretty decent look-a-like to his here. Next is the navy collared shirt–a splurge worthy investment piece that is definitely Amar’e-approved. We love how he turned up the Miami Heat by adding an orange-striped tie and you can get a similar one here.  Pull it all together with khakis (they aren’t just for politicians and golfers) like these and you’re almost there. Now, just complete the outfit with a show-stopper blue-face watch and you and Mr. Stoudemire will officially be twinsies. All you have to do is play in the NBA All-Star Game six times, no bigs.

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