16 things the modern gentleman should buy for the winter

Winter is an extreme season in many climates. Make sure your wardrobe can handle the elements as well as the temperatures.

We’ve put together a list of 16 of the most important pieces no guy should even think of braving the year’s coldest season without. From sweaters to scarves, these are the items that will have you battling the elements in style.

Keep in mind that these are only the basics — there are no deep cuts here. If you don’t have all of these, we suggest scooping up the holes in your closet quick.

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A seasonally appropriate tweed sport coat.

J Crew
Ludlow Sport Coat in English Tweed ($298)

Cold weather and tweed go hand-in-hand, which means a tweed sport coat is an absolute necessity.

You don't have to go for a classic brown or tan, either. This smart grey blazer from J. Crew is perfect for when you need an extra layer during a night out on the town.

A patterned sweater adds personality.

Mr Porter
Polo Ralph Lauren Fair Isle Wool-Blend Sweater ($300)

This Fair Isle pattern by Polo Ralph Lauren is fantastic, but if it's not up your alley, find one that speaks to you.

Go anywhere with a chunky wool sweater.

Everlane Chunky Knit Cardigan ($135)

A chunky cardigan will be your best friend this winter.

This chunky knit cardigan from Everlane fits the bill perfectly.

A comfy sweatshirt for more layering options.

Sunspel Slim-Fit Loopback Stretch-Cotton Sweatshirt ($190)

A super-soft sweatshirt is a perfect substitute for a sweater when you're not feeling the knitted look. It will look just as put-together as your favourite crew-neck sweater.

Sunspel's version is top-of-the-line, but a sweatshirt from your favourite brand will likely work just as well (provided your favourite brand isn't Fruit of the Loom). Just make sure it's slim-fitting and flattering.

A warm and cosy flannel will be the most comfortable item in your closet.

Mr Porter
Oliver Spencer New York Cotton-Flannel Shirt ($200)

If you think flannels are just for lumberjacks, you might want to think again.

This Oliver Spencer flannel is beautiful and minimalist. It goes equally well under a blazer or a denim jacket.

A dependable wool suit that fits like a glove.

J Crew
J. Crew Ludlow Suit in Italian Wool Flannel ($425 for the jacket, $225 for the pants)

We probably don't need to tell you this, but you should have at least one suit you feel amazing in for the winter.

This Ludlow suit in Italian wool by J. Crew is a winner by our standards, but suit shopping is a personal thing, so find a brand or tailor that fits with your style and body type.

A trendy but not ostentatious knit tie.

Tie Bar Textured Solid Knit ($25)

Though more casual than a traditional tie, knit neckwear is now a cold-weather staple.

The Tie Bar makes a great knit tie for a reasonable $25. Get one in a colour you like.

A solid-coloured wool scarf goes with everything.

Mr. Porter
Acne Studios Canada Oversized Brushed-Lambswool Scarf ($170)

This is the accessory everyone forgets about until they need it. There's no getting around it: You'll need a scarf to keep you warm in the winter months, no matter what kind of coat you're wearing. Choose wool for maximum insulation, and make sure you know how to tie it.

Keep your neck warm this winter with an oversize wool scarf, like this one from Acne Studios.

Gloves that will keep your hands warm without slowing you down.

J Crew
J. Crew cashmere-lined leather smartphone gloves ($98, left) and J Crew wool-blend smartphone gloves ($25, right).

There are two options here: leather and wool. (Forget cotton, it will be of little help to you -- especially when it gets wet).

Leather is usually reserved for more formal occasions, though many, like J. Crew's cashmere-lined leather gloves ($99), can be worn anytime. On the other side, J. Crew also makes a great wool blend glove ($25).

Both pairs are compatible with your smartphone, so you won't need to take them on and off to answer a text message.

A hat to top it all off.

http://www.clubmonaco.com/product/index.jsp?productId=70079706 and https://www.everlane.com/collections/mens-scarves-hats-gloves/products/mens-chunky-wool-beanie-grey-marl
Club Monaco's Kensington Cashmere Hat ($68, top left) and Everlane's Chunky Wool Beanie ($48, bottom right).

Losing most of your heat through your head may be an old wives' tale, but your head and ears can still get plenty cold in the whipping wind.

Most men these days elect for the wool watch cap. It won't work with a suit, but it should be right at home with the rest of your wardrobe. Avoid bright neon oranges and yellows, or risk being mistaken for a crossing guard.

Everlane's Chunky Wool Beanie ($48) hits the right note, as does Club Monaco's Kensington Cashmere Hat ($68).

Snow boots for when it gets slushy out there.

LL Bean 8' Bean Boots ($99 and up)

If you live in a snowy climate, your sneakers are not going to cut it when it gets slushy outside.

Make sure you're prepared with a pair of rubbery all-weather boots, like the famous LL Bean Bean Boots. Those are on backorder forever, so any duck-style boot will likely keep your feet just as warm.

Waterproof boots for when the slush starts to melt.

Danner Mountain Pass Horween Rio ($350)

For when it rains during the winter -- and yes, in many climates it does rain during the winter -- duck boots are probably overkill.

For those times and places, we recommend a Danner hiker boot that's waterproof. It even includes a stitched-down upper, which provides more protection against the rain than a Goodyear welt.

Wool socks to keep your toes toasty.

http://www.amazon.com/Smartwool-Mens-Hiking-Medium-Large/dp/B000G7W09G/ref=sr_1_1?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1421358994&sr=1-1&keywords=smartwool and http://www.amazon.com/Wigwam-Unisex-Womens-Merino-Comfort/dp/B000TFHF22
SmartWool ($19, left) and Wigwam ($15, right).

It cannot be stressed how important warm socks are in the winter. A good pair of socks will keep your feet toasty even in the most freezing of temperatures.

Some complain that wool socks are too thick or itchy, but this is mostly a misconception. Wool is a better insulator than cotton, so it would be much warmer than a comparably thick cotton sock. Also, the right kind of wool or wool blend shouldn't be itchy at all.

Some of our favourite wool sock brands are SmartWool ($19) and Wigwam ($15), both of which will keep your feet happy and toasty.

A technical coat to keep you warm and dry when the mercury drops.

Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka ($529)

When it's cold enough, it doesn't even matter what you're wearing -- you just need to keep warm.

However, if you choose the right jacket, you won't need to pick between warm and stylish. We're big fans of Patagonia's down parkas, but North Face, Canada Goose, and even Uniqlo make fantastic ones as well.

A wool coat to look stylish on sunnier days.

J Crew Wool-Blend Car Coat ($300)

For when it's not quite as cold and windy, a wool car coat is the best option.

Choose one that can be dressed up or down, like this J. Crew car coat, and it will be your go-to all season long. Its Thinsulate lining will still keep you warm, and its three-quarter length and classic design are timeless.

Don't forget the getaway bag.

Everlane Weekender ($95)

Wherever this winter takes you, be sure you're prepared with an appropriate bag.

Everlane makes a nice-sized Weekender for short getaways.

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