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