Whether you're slamming the door on autumn and embracing the frosty season, or cursing its very existence as you huddle indoors, there's no denying that winter is a season that demands particular attention when it comes to dressing. With this in mind, we've broken down some of the absolute essentials to get you through the cooler months.
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Men's Winter Wardrobe Essentials
A Quality Winter Coat
Okay, so a quality men's winter coat is probably the most obvious winter essential on this list, so let's get it out of the way first. If you're investing a decent amount of cash into your coat, it needs to be made from a durable material, be versatile enough to go with a range of different outfits, and last you the whole winter (ideally a few after as well).
The Best Men's Winter Coats
In general, it's best to have a few men's coat styles at your disposal; one good, thick winter coat, a rain jacket or coat, as well as a relaxed jacket or coat to throw on when the weather's not as biting - like a men's duffle coat. Make the right choices, and they'll easily transcend seasons, working into the spring, as well as the following autumn.
Men's Parka Coat / Men's Raincoats
If you're looking for something that's versatile, but still has a casual look, a neutral coloured parka jacket is always a good choice. One of the best warm winter jackets around; they're not only incredibly practical, but they tend to come in a few different styles, allowing you to go for something like a long line, slimmer fit design, or a chunkier one that reaches your hip.
Another great winter wardrobe essential would be the simple, yet practical rain coat. While they don't offer much in terms of insulation, they more than make up for this with their suitability to harsher rain. Keeping you dry from any unexpected downpours, they'll also sit well over most outfits making them incredibly easy to wear and layer.
Men's Trench Coat / Men's Overcoat
If you have strict work attire, or you're just a fan of the more 'refined' look, then casual jacket and parkas might not be the best choice for you. Longer, more streamlined coats like overcoats or trench coats give off a more elegant look, and choosing them in neutral, subdued colours keeps them easy to blend in and complement a range of formal and smart casual outfits.
Fit, is probably the most important factor when looking for a smart overcoat, you need to make sure it's wide enough across the shoulders, long enough in the arms and fits in comfortably around the waist, without making an X shape when it's buttoned up. That being said, overcoats now are now popularly worn with an oversized fit, so this is something to consider.
You can go for a number of looks with your streamlined trench coat, whether you prefer something clean cut or a more alternative vibe. You can keep things formal by layering one over a full suit or stay more relaxed with a pair of slim fit jeans and a jumper. Whichever style you go for, the trench coat will help to add a touch of sophistication and elegance that's great for work and everyday looks.
A Warm Winter Jumper
On to the second most obvious winter essentials - the jumpers. Whether you're staying in with the central heating or braving the outside world, jumpers are easy to wear and a practical addition to any man's wardrobe. By the time December rolls around we're inundated with bright, colourful jumpers, but anyone who's tried to get dressed in a hurry in the morning will know that simple, unprinted designs are much easier to work with.
Best Men's Winter Jumpers
If you like a bit of colour in your wardrobe, we'd suggest having a few bright jumpers to break up with drudgery, but to also have a few neutral coloured pieces for when you don't feel like, or have the time for, colour matching. Even if you are working with bold coloured jumpers, it's still better to work with an unprinted design, this will give you a bright yet clean finish that will complement a bigger range of outfits more than a busier one would.
If you're dressing up a coloured jumper the temptation can be to immediately pair it with black to help tone it down. However for some colours, like bright yellow or lighter tones, this can create too stark a contrast, and you're better off pairing it with a softer, but equally versatile colour like grey or navy.
For every day jumpers; black, cream and grey are some of the colours you can easily work into your wardrobe. A good cream jumper will pretty much go with anything, from light to dark toned clothes, and is great if you're looking for a jumper to wear with a more relaxed ensemble.
Black has the same versatility and can be easily used to give a smarter finish. In general, it's best to make sure that your jumpers are made from quality materials like cotton, as simple colours can look worn and become faded if you're working with cheap materials.
Solid Winter Shoes
Good footwear is essential when you're out and about in the winter months. Despite the old wives tale, heat isn't actually lost through your head, but through your feet and hands, so keeping them warm is necessary for the rest of your body to stay that way. Ideally, your shoes need to be both sturdy and warm, so you're not automatically going to fall on your face if you're walking along icy pavements.
Best Men's Winter Shoes
Boots are the easier choice for warm, sturdy footwear, and depending on what style you choose, they can go with a lot of looks. If you're looking for something practical and hardwearing, focus on the sole of the shoe. It should ideally be made from a thick rubber, with enough grooves to give you adequate grip.
Lace up boots are great for practical outfits, as you can easily adjust them to suit your size. This means if it's a particularly cold day and you're wearing thicker socks, you can still comfortably fit into your boots. You can really pick whatever coloured boots you want, but if they're meant solely for practicality then a black pair is going to match with a bigger range of outfits.
If you need something a little less practical and more suitable for everyday outfits, then you can afford to go for something a little less bulky and more streamlined, like Chelsea boots. Leather is a good material for winter shoes as it's durable and warm, and any water marks and scuffs can easily be cleaned up. Suede shoes should be avoided unless you're planning on driving everywhere, or have a very good suede protector spray, as water can potentially ruin the material.
So we've covered the basics so far, but the right winter accessories can make a big difference to your overall comfort in the freezing months. Gloves, scarves and, particularly, hats are those things that can look bad when you get them wrong, and really add something to an outfit if you get it right.
Best Men's Winter Accessories
Okay, so we know that we don't lose 80% of our body heat through our heads, but there's still no reason we can't keep our noggins warm when we're out and about. Caps are pointless men's hats for the colder months, and on the whole look a little out of place mixed with a winter wardrobe.
You need something that's going to cover your whole head, as well as your ears, to really keep you as warm as possible, so a beanie is really your best bet. They're slim fit, so you won't get a bulky look, and they come in a variety of colours. Avoid anything with a bold pattern; grey, cream, burgundy and black beanies are good choices to go for, as the versatile colours go with a lot while remaining un-intrusive.
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