Winter is one of the best times of the year for clothes, not just because it’s black-tie season, but also because you can layer.
That means sweaters, boots, vests, overcoats, topcoats, gloves, scarves, all those things come out of the closet and you can add them up, and because it’s cold, you can have a lot more in your outfit than during summer or spring.
11 Winter Wardrobe Essentials
1. Insulated Boots
No, I don’t mean duck boots or similar kinds of ugly boots to wear. I mean elegant men’s dress boots, some that are lined ideally with sheepskin so you look dapper, but your feet stay warm. Surprisingly, most boots in England and even in Italy are just leather lined and not sheepskin lined so you’ll have to do a little digging to find exactly what you need.
Personally, I have two pairs. One is from Morlands which is a vintage English boot, it is a caramel brown color, and then one in black which looks more like a balmoral boot with a cap toe in black from Shoe Passion.
2. Casual Warm Jacket
You need a warm jacket that is a little more casual than a traditional overcoat. By that, I mean a jacket that is slightly shorter and just reaches past the jacket if you wear it or past your bum. You want the fabric to be as heavy as it can be and quite warm. Sometimes they also come with a lining. Classic options include a pea coat.
Alternatively, if you want a hood but still stay classic, consider a duffle coat. If you live in an area that’s not quite as cold, a quilted jacket may be ideal for you especially if it contains wool because they are warmer than just the polyester filled ones.
Personally, I have one with a houndstooth pattern, and it’s quite dapper and also warm, at the same time it’s lightweight, and it’s perfect for a not so super cold days.
3. Classic Hats
4. Colorful Lined Gloves
Lined because it’s cold outside and that extra layer of cashmere or wool will keep your hands warmer then let’s say an unlined glove. Of course, if you’re in a climate where it’s not so cold, an unlined glove is the way to go. While most men today wear black and brown gloves, a pair of colorful gloves not only works with the majority of the things in your wardrobe but it also makes you stand out from the crowd in an elegant way.