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How to Dress Well in Winter

FEATURE: QUICK READ
Words by JOSEPH BOBOWICZ

When winter takes hold, our sartorial agenda must adapt to its demands. Indeed, brisk walks or frosty trips into town require something a little more substantial than summer occasions might. The key is finding sophistication and warmth in equal measure, a challenge best approached with a luxe but modular wardrobe. Join us for a whistle-stop tour of the best winter clothes for men.

Luxe Layering

Luxe Layering

As old as time itself, this method remains the bread and butter of any well-dressed chap for the coming months. Ensuring your layers are a cut above the rest, though, relies on stylistic sleight of hand. Lean into muted tones, working your way from the outside in. That way, the parameters are clear and insulation can be gauged piece by piece. Brands like The Row, which takes its name from London’s famed tailoring district, have you covered for the oversized blazer, while refined cotton-cashmere and woollen shirts, T-shirts or polos make perfect base or mid layers. Here, Boglioli and John Smedley are trusted authorities. 

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Knitwear Necessities

To speak of layering without mentioning knitwear would be sacrilege. Distinguished by the quality of the yarn, knitted pieces can add dimension to a look by either volumising or adding texture. Sweater vest, turtleneck or crew knit, whatever the piece in question, opt for supple, meticulously woven designs where quality can be seen, as well as felt. Get hands on! Inspect its credentials for sustainability and production standards. Zegna’s Oasi collection, for example, promises cashmere that’s traceable from goat to garment, while Johnstons of Elgin uses lambswool – an especially soft wool from the first shearing.

Knitwear Necessities

Forever Outerwear

Oversized Outerwear

Some coat designs remain a perennial classic year in, year out. Take the overcoat. Erring on the side of long and liberally cut, it chimes with suits and lower-key fare alike. Gucci’s pure wool rendition delivers warmth and a timeless silhouette, signalling, that, yes, this man has taste. For those inclined to sleeker outers, Burberry’s trench coat – renowned for its signature gabardine fabric and British heritage – is a compelling choice, cemented in the outerwear hall of fame as one of the best men’s coats

Big Boot Energy

Puddles or parties, wherever your feet find themselves this winter, a sturdy set of boots goes a long way towards your comfort and stylistic kudos. Remember: as with any traditional footwear, the soles are a marker of craft. If they look robust and well heeled or come with a tread thick enough for your daily step count, then you’re in safe hands. Bottega Veneta’s say bold and boisterous, but their impeccable leather construction speaks more to the maison’s artisanal heritage. In a sleeker vein, Saint Laurent’s Chelsea boots excel with sculptured lines and a soft-to-touch outer.

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