Men, here’s your winter style guide
Relax lads, everything you need for the cold is right here…
image A Rainy Day in New York / Gravier Productions
words Rhys Thomas
Winter is here, let alone coming. Them rains and winds, here. Chilly vibes, cupping ceramics full of tea vibes, wondering about getting a Christmas tree vibes, all here. Your wardrobe? Getting there. Some broken zips, exactly three jumpers that look the same, and a raincoat. It’s a good start.
But if you are in the market for new winter clothing, or would like to just have a little browse of what the possible upgrades might be for you, then this article might be of service to you. From overlooked essentials like sunglasses, to outright necessities like turtlenecks. We’ve curated a bunch of the best here. Best materials, designs, things that’ll last, and outright cool things that’ll help you to feel good and express yourself even if the weather is too cold for typical comfort.
Think layers to combat weather changes, good sustainable woollen garments, and not forgetting a pop of colour. Turtlenecks are always key, of course. But sometimes, a bucket hat that is actually waterproof can also make a huge statement (while saving you slightly if you’re caught without a coat. Thought and function, from slacker to sleek. Easy. Here’s everything you’ll need:
THE FOUNDATION OF ALL WINTER ‘FITS
LOOSE FIT HEAVYWEIGHT LONG-SLEEVE POCKET T-SHIRT
Baselayers, people. Yes you can just wear an old t-shirt underneath a jumper if you’re not planning on taking it off. But if you want an affordable way to inject a lot of range into a wardrobe (and add some warmth) a heavy-weight long-sleeve t-shirt is a dashing (as in, look at all those dashes we just wrote, and good looking) way to do so. Carhartt have been making durable workwear since 1889, so you can be sure this will be up to the test. Good range of colours that go with most outfits, one of each in the basket and you’ll have more possibilities than you’d have imagined.
CHILL AND NO CHILL
Stone Long Full Set
So you’ve splashed out on some central heating, and are actually, in a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, but then you want some snacks. And there’s no way we’re making an effort to go to the shop. Sweats are always the answer. This set is soft soft, 100% organic cotton. It’ll serve all forms of chill very very well.
ALL SZN Fleece Mock Neck Sweatshirt - Ecru Tint
This mock neck from Adidas is a pure winter warmer. Calm neutral colours, a blend of cotton, polyester and fleece to keep the wind out, drawcords on the hem to really keep the wind out, and that mock neck we mentioned. A hug on the neck, a little treat.
Mohair Sporting Cardigan
Cardigans are beautiful, floppy, and versatile. The waistcoat’s endearing grandfather, sort of. Wearing one well takes any outfit up a notch and it’s easy to do, just never do the bottom button up. That’s the trick. Like with a waistcoat. The brown and white stripes on this are right out of a 1950s deckchair or football top. The mohair and wool blend offers a luxury sheen and warmth to boot.
BALACLAVAS AREN’T JUST FOR SKIING
Y/Project Gradient Balaklava
I know I know I know, they’re bold, they’re weird. They’re also really warm and wonderful. And if you’re going to embrace your inner avant-garde magazine photoshoot (as you should) why not go bold with the colours. This one from Y/Project is breathable, stretchy, soft, and warm. A great balaclava that does it all. Slopes and catwalks unite.
A BIT OF FUN
Beacon Merino Wool Crew Sweater Earth & Royal Blue
A chunky jumper with a bit of a neck, and big contrast colours on the sleeves. Because winter doesn’t have to be muted, normalise bold wintry colours. Merino sheep are really really fluffy, by the way. Their wool is especially warm.
New Wave Mustard Waterproof Bucket Hat
This is both super functional and looks super frivolous. Perfect item, full marks. A bucket hat, but waterproof. Like wearing an umbrella on your head, or just a hood, but better. Mustard is king of the condiments, too. And a nice summery colour to stand out in.
BIG NAME ON CAMPUS
Wool Blend Jacket
Acne Studios is brought to you from Stockholm, the people there understand winter really well. They also understand style. This varsity jacket is made from a blend of wools, making it nice and warm. Both colourways are bright and eye-catching, it’s a real smile of a jacket.
HEAVY DUTY LOUNGING
Heavyweight Sweatpants Black
Inspired by 1950s sportswear, these look straight out of Nigel Carbourn’s personal collection, they’re even made on vintage camber machines. This is a very good thing indeed. More than style though, they’re made with 500gsm loopback cotton, so they will be beyond cosy and comfortable.
YOUR NEW BEST MATE
Northfarer Anorak Jacket
This anorak is a collaboration made in alpine-Milano heaven. Will catch eyes everywhere from the slopes to the coffee shops, technically designed to be suitable for glacial expedition and pub gardens. Sustainable, meticulous, and very warm. An essential cop. Comes in two vivid designs.
YOU’RE UNDER A VEST
NN07 VERVE PRIMALOFT VEST
A gilet makes certain people criminally hot, it just does. Those people who wear their warmboi vests damn know it too. But they’re also super functional, especially this one from NN07. It’s padded with Eco PrimaLoft, which is a special synthetic material that gives us the radiation of feathers without touching the lovely animals. It’s also lovely and light, so you can carry this one around through until the end of Spring no trouble.
PACK IT IN
Old School Charcoal Grey Recycled Recycled Roll-Top Backpack
Those layers, socks, a hat, gloves. LIP BALM. It needs to go somewhere, and the answer is not your pockets. Nobody likes pockets that are crammed. Just use a small durable rucksack, ideally made from recycled materials and tastefully designed, like this one.
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