As the temperature drops, it’s time to fine-tune your winter wardrobe so that you’re prepared for the coming months. We sat down with our director of marketing Mark Chou for some outfit recommendations so that you (or your dad, brother, husband, or boyfriend) can stay both stylish and toasty this winter.
The Fair Isle Sweater
The Fair Isle sweater is a cold weather classic. Named after a small Scottish island, the Fair Isle knitting technique is used to create patterns with multiple colors. This one from Land’s End is made from lambswool, warm enough for the cold winter months, but not so bulky that you have difficulty pulling on your coat. Wear the sweater by itself, or layer it over a classic white oxford shirt. Check out J.Crew to pick up a stylish option in grey.
The Selvedge Denim
A good pair of selvedge denim will be a stylish companion that easily dresses up or dresses down. And because of the way it is woven (on old school shuttle looms), selvedge denim requires higher quality cotton, so you can count on a pair to last you for many years. You can shop these 511s from Levi’s.
The Quilted Jacket
While the first quilted jacket was created by an American, this piece of outerwear brings to mind images of English aristocracy on the hunt, likely because it was also adopted by the British royal family. Durable enough for outdoor wear but stylish enough for the city, the quilted jacket provides winter warmth without making you look like the Michelin Man. For the deepest freezes, though, you’ll still need to pull out that bulky winter parka — in the meantime, pick one of these up from Ralph Lauren. You can’t go wrong with either the olive or navy.
The Leather Briefcase
Whether for daily carry or as a slim carry-on, a leather briefcase is a stylish option to transport your laptop, notebook, subway reading, or whatever else you need at hand, rain or shine. The Kingston briefcase in antique cognac is handcrafted from full-grain Italian leather and finished with solid brass hardware, both of which will patina beautifully with time. The Kingston, along with the other items in this style guide, epitomizes the phrase “buy well, buy once.”
The Leather Gloves
The beauty of leather gloves is that they offer water resistance, wind resistance, and warmth all in a slim profile. Look for gloves lined with cashmere to ensure that your hands stay nice and toasty. Brooks Brothers offers cashmere-lined leather gloves in seven different colorways.
The Knit Beanie
As you’ve probably heard, you lose a good chunk of your body heat through your head, so make sure your noggin is covered. I picked up this alpaca beanie from J.Press York Street. I prefer grey, because you know it will complement whatever else you might be wearing.
The Stylish Camera Strap
It’s time to get rid of that stock black nylon camera strap — a leather camera strap ensures that your camera kit is always fresh. I carry my old Nikon FG with ONA’s Leather Presidio camera strap, which is handcrafted from Italian leather and fully adjustable.
The Duck Boot
A classic from L.L. Bean, the duck boot was originally created for New England duck hunters, but urbanites have repurposed this waterproof boot to keep their feet dry in the face of slushy streets and sidewalks. Make sure to add some thick wool socks to ensure that your toes stay warm, and you’ll be ready to go. One caveat — these boots do not feature hard lugs or spikes, so be careful when walking across slippery ice. Pick up both the boots and socks from L.L. Bean.