With winter just around the corner I thought I’d go over some key pieces that I think men ought to include in their wardrobes for the season.
What you’ll notice about these items is that they are not trendy. Quite the opposite, in fact. These are items that have been a part of menswear for a long time and have changed very little.
And that’s why I’m recommending them. These are pieces that I know will look good on you and they will look good on you for a long time.
So without further ado, here are 5 key menswear pieces worth scooping up for the winter season:
Every guy needs a good coat for the winter season and while there are plenty of different options you can choose from I think guys get the most bang for their buck with a classic pea coat.
Pea coats are incredibly versatile since they can be paired easily with business or casual attire. A good quality coat will keep you plenty warm and it won’t cost you an arm and leg either.
My favourite pea coat (and the one that I own right now) is the J.Crew Dock Pea Coat.
I’ve owned this pea coat for three seasons now and it’s still going strong. I find a lot of other pea coats are cut very boxy with oversized midsections and large sleeves. The Dock Pea Coat by J.Crew is the perfect cut for me as it fits slim through the midsection and the sleeve holes are cut relatively high. It’s also lined with Thinsulate for extra warmth which is a nice feature.
In terms of colour I recommend going with the navy as it will look good with basically everything in your wardrobe. The coat retails for about $300 but can dip down around $200 when its on sale.
Winter season is boot season and every guy should have a pair of go-to winter boots in their rotation. The key is choosing a boot appropriate for the type of climate you are in. Even though I live up in the Great White North (Canada) we actually don’t get a lot of snow in my city.
The boots that I currently own are the Red Wing Iron Rangers. These are fantastic all around winter boots that are incredibly durable yet stylish. You can pair these easily with things like chinos, cords, denim, and even winter weight wool trousers.
Of course, another option to consider for those of you that have to contend with truly miserable winter conditions are a pair of duck boots from LL Bean. These boots will do a fantastic job of keeping your feet warm and dry. I know several guys who wear these to and from the office while keeping a pair of nice leather dress shoes at their desk to wear inside.
Donegal Wool Sweater
A legit winter weight sweater is a must for most men’s wardrobes and a great option to consider is the Donegal wool or lambswool sweater.
Donegal wool is named for the region in Ireland where this type of wool was originally spun. It has a soft, flexible texture with a characteristic flecked design. They are awesome sweaters for the cold season as they will keep you plenty warm and stylish.
J.Crew makes several great Donegal wool sweaters and they currently have an awesome Shawl-Collar Cardigan in Donegal Wool:
And if you’re not into the whole flecked look of Donegal well then I recommend going straight up with a lambswool sweater. It’ll more or less have the same weight and feel of Donegal but sans the flecked design.
Once again J.Crew is doing it right as they currently have a great Lambswool Thermal Henley Sweater:
This is a fantastic piece for layering during the winter season and something few other guys will be wearing.
A scarf is one of those accessories I encourage men to wear more often simply because most others don’t. For some strange reason a lot of men are under the assumption that scarfs are effeminate but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, when worn well a scarf is an incredibly masculine and classy accessory.
And you don’t need to get too fancy with scarves either. I recommend going with a basic wool scarf in either navy or charcoal grey.
These are two colours that will look great on any guy and will also work well with most of your wardrobe.
For those of you looking for a basic scarf that you can get a ton of mileage out of I recommend this cashmere navy scarf from J.Crew:
For those of you who want to experiment with something bolder you can introduce a pattern like a check or a stripe.
In fact, Barbour has an awesome wool/cashmere check scarf that would look awesome on guys with a lower contrast complexion (light hair and light skin):It’s currently on sale at Nordstrom for $80. Hard to beat a wool/cashmere scarf at that price point.
When it comes to scarves the sky really is the limit. I recommend guys start off with something basic like a solid navy or grey wool scarf and branch out from there.
Many of you may not need to wear a tie all that often but picking up a winter weight option is still a good idea as it’s a great way to separate yourself from the masses.
When looking for a tie suitable for the colder months stick with heavier, rougher fabrics like tweed, wool, or flannel.
And you don’t even need to mess around with different patterns or colours. The rougher fabric of the tie is enough to make it stand out on it’s own.
Barneys currently has an awesome wool/cashmere charcoal grey tie for $78.
This tie would look awesome with a basic white button up shirt and a navy suit. Sometimes you just don’t need to complicate things.
When picking out these staples remember to go with quality over quantity. It’s better to have one awesome, high quality scarf that you love to wear vs. a dozen cheap scarves that sit inside your closet and never see the light of day.
My rule is that if I’m not wowed by the item then I’m not buying it, period. It’s a good rule to follow as it will keep your wardrobe lean and your hard earned money in your pocket.
Here’s to looking sharp!