The Wardrobe Essentials You Need to Survive the Snow

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Winter is in full swing, meaning you need a cold-weather wardrobe that can handle frigid temperatures and snowy conditions. But if you’re looking to stay warm and keep your style game on point, you’re not only going to need layers, but also winter-specific items that will make walking outside tolerable. It’s time to dress like a man who’s sartorially equipped for the season, because your sweatshirt can only do so much for you. Here are the pieces you’re going to need to build a winter-friendly wardrobe.


shearling jacket

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If you had to pick one winter coat to trump all other winter coats, it would be a parka down jacket. This one from Snow Peak was created by designer Yukio Yamai who has experience as a mountaineer (so you know he knows what cold is). The coat is made with a waxed-cotton outer that’s both water and wind-resistant. Bonus  not only does it have a quilted lining for exceptional warmth, but it’s right on trend with a removable shearling hood and military green color.

Cashmere Wool Scarf

There are few things in this world that are as warm as an item made from cashmere. This cashmere fringe scarf by Neiman Marcus adds extra insulation to any outfit. Not to mention its gray color adds to its versatility.

Chunky Knit Cardigan


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A great alternative to a knit sweater is this chunky waffle-knit merino wool cardigan by Theory. Its Theory’s take on the classic shawl-collar cardigan in a nice light gray hue. The waffled knit lends itself to an insulating feel that also adds to its visual appeal. Wear this one with a casual outfit or sub out your blazer to give off a hint of old-school charm.

Heattech Top

Uniqlo’s famous Heattech wear is all you need to stay warm. Made with moisture-wicking fabric, it retains heat and also features anti-odor properties to keep you feeling fresh for when you start to get the winter sweats. Camellia oil moisturizer adds comfort to your dry winter skin as well. Wear this one by itself under a cardigan, or under a sweater or sweatshirt for extra warmth.



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A nice heavy sweatshirt, in grey or black, can be worn over practically anything  except a suit. This comfy hooded sweatshirt by Adidas, with its Trefoil logo, is styled with a sportswear edge. Made from a soft blended French terry fabric, it’s an off-duty essential that is streamlined for a modern feel, and not to mention right on trend with athleisure.

Insulated Leather Gloves

Harsh winter temps call for a pair of gloves like these from Polo Ralph Lauren to ensure not only comfort but warmth. These handsome soft leather sheepskin gloves are lined with a soft wool blend.


fur hat

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Canada Goose, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of extreme weather outerwear, has created a fur pilot hat that exudes the same warmth as their popular parkas. This bleached sheep shearling fur pilot hat with adjustable chin strap and metal buckle for fastening offers extra protection against the elements.

Wool Socks

Pack those cotton socks away for the winter and opt for wool socks to insulate your feet from the cold. In case your feet get wet, wool socks are preferred over a pair of wet cotton ones.

Snow Boots


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You don’t want to be without a pair of snow or winter boots when the elements are against you and the temps are near or below freezing. These hard working UGG Barrington boots take on the elements in sophisticated style. The boot is cold weather approved thanks to its construction with premium waterproof leather, sealed seams, a heat-trapping Thinsulate, and the traction of White Spider Rubber. Did we mention the boot is really, really ridiculously good looking?

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