Baby, it’s cold outside. Since winter is in full swing, it’s likely that you’re bundled up and fully layered. If you feel like your clothes aren’t keeping you as warm as they should be, it might be time to upgrade some of your winter wear. These are great investment pieces that promise proper wear year after year, thanks to their timeless nature.
1. Leather Shearling Jacket
Leather is in every season except for summer when we count the days until we can wear it comfortably again. Not only is leather unashamedly masculine, but this season’s styles lean toward biker cuts ideally lined or trimmed with shearling (a true classic — 1970s revived style) for further insulation. Well built outerwear is the single most important addition to your winter wardrobe. The style is slim fit rather than boxy so don’t opt for a true vintage version of the style. Promising warmth, the shearling leather jacket is the sartorial equivalent of a sheepskin rug, with an air of Steve McQueen to it that looks great thrown over a dress shirt and sweater pairing. Invest in a good quality style, like this Theory Ramone Leather Aviator Jacket, that you’ll have for a long time.
2. Wool Socks
Your feet need some love too during the winter, and even the best, most climate friendly boots aren’t enough to keep your toes warm. Everyday socks are just not going to cut it when cotton gets wet. Instead, always wear a pair made of wool, like these NN.07 Wool-Blend Socks, to keep the heat in and elements out.
3. Trapper Hat
The trapper hat, or an ushanka (from “ushi” or “ears” in Russian) as it’s called (sometimes it’s even referred to as an “Elmer Fudd” but not the same as what Pharrell wore to the 2014 Grammy’s) is the warmest of your winter hat options, usually lined with fur inside, outside, or both. While most are brimless, some include an “eye flap” or a small visor that keeps the forehead warm and keeps the winter sun out of your eyes. Opt for a darker, more masculine fur color hat, such as this Neiman Marcus Cashmere Quilted Faux-Fur Trapper Hat.
4. Chunky Knitwear
Nothing says winter like an open fireplace and a chunky, cozy sweater. As the days get colder, your lightweight knits just won’t do — it’s time to upgrade your arsenal to some heavy-gauge pieces. Key styles to consider are cable knit sweaters, wool-cashmere mixes for extra warmth and refinement, or a chunky knit cardigan to throw over a variety of outfits. We guarantee you’ll love this The Elder Statesman Malta Mélange Cashmere Sweater.
5. Wool Overcoat
When the mercury dips to levels that make you want to hibernate, your first instinct is to reach for your goose-lined parka, throwing out all good fashion sense in favor in insulation. However, the savvy dresser should be equipped with a stylish alternative that he can rock when the weather takes a turn for the worse. This Billy Reid Charles Coat is the most elegant option, striking that balance between fashion and function.
Smart, stylish men appreciate the warm and stylish properties of a wool or cashmere scarf in multiple knit patterns, weights, and widths. With a variety of colors and knits to choose from, your options are endless. Just make sure you wear one. Check out Frank & Oak Windowpane Wool Scarf — it’ll keep you nice and warm!
7. Leather Gloves
Your mitts need some protection during the harsh winter months. Wearing them actively helps shake the constant cracked/dry hand situation that so many men endure during the colder months of the year. Protect them against the elements with a pair of classic leather gloves. Look for a suede pair or neutral color leather pair (other than black) which are more subdued and more versatile. Also, look for a pair lined with either cashmere, shearling or wool for an added touch of luxury and comfort. We recommend these Leather Merino Wool-Cashmere Lined Gloves.