Keen to conquer the cold weather without having your bank account frozen?

It’s no mean feat. Blustery winds and sheets of rain mean more layers required, which in turn means a bank balance that plummets faster than a thermometer’s mercury in winter. But there are ways of bolstering your wardrobe for the colder months without bankrupting yourself. By refining your wish list to a watertight edit of what you need and what you want, you can ensure you’ve got the essential bases covered before splurging on the desirables.

Below, we’ve split some of AW15’s most wearable, versatile and up-to-the-minute pieces into three distinct budget tiers. Consider it your roadmap to style this season.

£300 Or Less

A typical budget for most students or young professionals, as well as those who have other priorities that come first: rent/mortgage, bills, kids. When confined to a modest limit such as this, it’s important to prioritise value for money and versatility.

An Overshirt

Dressed up, down and in-between, an overshirt does overtime so you don’t have to.

The overshirt has its roots in honest-to-goodness workwear; and considering it was built for toiling harder than you ever will sat at a desk, one of these is guaranteed to keep the worst of the cold weather at arm’s length.

Available in everything from heavy cotton twill and wool to sturdy synthetics, there’s plenty of choice on the market whether you’re looking for something to dress up a T-shirt or a jacket alternative to pair with your smartest trousers.

Men's Overshirts and Shacket Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

River Island AW15Selected Homme AW14AllSaints August 2015Scotch & Soda Amsterdam Blauw AW13H&M AW14Zara AW15New Look AW15Sisley AW12River Island AW15AllSaints September 2014Drykorn AW14Mauro Grifoni AW13

Key Styles

Recommended Budget: ~£100

  • Cos Cotton-poplin Shirt JacketCos Cotton-poplin Shirt Jacket
  • Allsaints Merchant ShirtAllsaints Merchant Shirt
  • River Island Long Sleeve Shirt JacketRiver Island Long Sleeve Shirt Jacket
  • River Island Red Check Zip Through Shirt JacketRiver Island Red Check Zip Through Shirt Jacket
  • River Island Dark Grey Shirt JacketRiver Island Dark Grey Shirt Jacket
  • He By Mango Denim-effect JacketHe By Mango Denim-effect Jacket
  • Topman Ltd Indigo Coach JacketTopman Ltd Indigo Coach Jacket
  • Mki Ripstop Fatigue OvershirtMki Ripstop Fatigue Overshirt
  • Mki Miyuki Zoku Zipped Shirt JacketMki Miyuki Zoku Zipped Shirt Jacket

Twill Trousers/Chinos

Sure, summer’s lightweight chinos will see you through the onset of autumn, but you’ll need stronger stuff to weather what winter’s bound to throw at you. And twill – owing to its distinctive diagonal weave – is well positioned to bolster your bottom half while keeping you looking sharp.

If this is the only legwear purchase you’re making this season, hunt down a versatile option like a brushed twill trouser in beige, navy, stone or charcoal. Unlike coarser takes on the material, the brushed variety works just as well dressed up with a shirt and blazer as it does dressed down with a rugged knit and waxed field jacket.

Men's Twill Trousers/Chinos Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

Next Spring 2015AllSaints AW13Gap AW12Mango Man AW14Tommy Hilfiger AW15F&F Clothing AW14J.Crew November 2014Minimum AW12Farah Aw13Realm & Empire AW14Simons AW13Massimo Dutti 5th Ave AW14

Key Styles

Recommended Budget: ~£100

  • J. Crew Bowery Classic Pant In Heather Cotton TwillJ. Crew Bowery Classic Pant In Heather Cotton Twill
  • J. Crew Brushed Cotton Twill Melange Chino In 484 FitJ. Crew Brushed Cotton Twill Melange Chino In 484 Fit
  • Collezione Flat Front Brushed Twill ChinosCollezione Flat Front Brushed Twill Chinos
  • Gant Rugger Slim-fit Cotton-twill ChinosGant Rugger Slim-fit Cotton-twill Chinos
  • M&s Collection Wool Blend Contemporary Slim Fit Flat Front Twill TrousersM&s Collection Wool Blend Contemporary Slim Fit Flat Front Twill Trousers
  • Reiss Tullum Heavyweight Twill Chinos GreyReiss Tullum Heavyweight Twill Chinos Grey
  • Reiss Medway Classic Twill Chinos NavyReiss Medway Classic Twill Chinos Navy
  • Norse Projects Aros Light Twill ChinoNorse Projects Aros Light Twill Chino
  • Austin Reed Stone Twill Slim Fit ChinoAustin Reed Stone Twill Slim Fit Chino

A Roll Neck Jumper

We’re still racking our brains as to why some guys won’t get on board with the roll neck. Snug, second-skin comfortable, flattering on body shapes from rugby forwards to runway models, and ideal for layering as a knit or in place of a shirt, there’s not much it doesn’t do.

Try a fine to mid-gauge style if your wardrobe caters mostly for days spent at the office (and evenings sipping on a Tom Collins), or go for a chunkier thick gauge option if your style steers more casual and rugged.

Plain colour styles will – unsurprisingly – slot into your autumn/winter looks with ease, while colour-block, geometric or otherwise patterned roll necks probably won’t offer as impressive cost-per-wear but can pack some punch where it’s needed.

Men's Roll Neck Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

Hugo Boss AW15Reiss AW15Dunhill Aw14Zara AW15River Island AW15Matalan AW15Baldessarini AW14Suitsupply AW15Zara AW15Tommy Hilfiger Tailored AW14Comodo Square AW14ASOS AW15

Key Styles

Recommended Budget: ~£60

  • Suitsupply Green TurtleneckSuitsupply Green Turtleneck
  • Mki Cashmere Merino Roll Neck KnitMki Cashmere Merino Roll Neck Knit
  • He By Mango Textured SweaterHe By Mango Textured Sweater
  • John Smedley Fairisle Pattern Roll Neck KnitJohn Smedley Fairisle Pattern Roll Neck Knit
  • Topman Burgundy Cotton Roll Neck JumperTopman Burgundy Cotton Roll Neck Jumper
  • River Island Dark Green Colour Block Roll Neck JumperRiver Island Dark Green Colour Block Roll Neck Jumper
  • River Island Black Jersey Roll NeckRiver Island Black Jersey Roll Neck
  • Reiss Observatory Merino Roll Neck Jumper Airforce BlueReiss Observatory Merino Roll Neck Jumper Airforce Blue
  • J. Crew Lambswool Rollneck SweaterJ. Crew Lambswool Rollneck Sweater

A Wool Scarf

Think scarves are superfluous? Think again. Unless you’re gearing up for a round of SAS training, these winter warmers not only provide an extra line of defence against the chill, but also offer a simple way to shift gears on your look, instantly taking it from dull to dapper.

Stick with plain colour or lightly patterned styles if this is the sole scarf you’re buying this season; boldly printed, patterned or coloured options are totally doable but working them into both on- and off-duty looks isn’t exactly a cakewalk.

And know your wools: merino will wick away any unexpected sweat, while something like cashmere guarantees luxurious comfort.

Men's Wool Scarves Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

Aquascutum Aw15Crane Brothers AW15Reserved AW14Mango Man Aw15Crombie Aw15House of Fraser AW15Hugo by Hugo Boss AW15Tommy Hilfiger AW14Burton AW14New Look Aw15Banana Republic Aw15Zara AW15

Key Styles

Recommended Budget: ~£40

  • Polo Ralph Lauren Two-tone Wool-blend ScarfPolo Ralph Lauren Two-tone Wool-blend Scarf
  • John Lewis & Co. Popcorn Wool Scarf GreenJohn Lewis & Co. Popcorn Wool Scarf Green
  • Jigsaw Selvedge Wool Check ScarfJigsaw Selvedge Wool Check Scarf
  • Ted Baker Stripe Merino Wool Scarf BlueTed Baker Stripe Merino Wool Scarf Blue
  • J. Crew Lambswool Marled Striped ScarfJ. Crew Lambswool Marled Striped Scarf
  • Johnstons Lambs Wool ScarfJohnstons Lambs Wool Scarf
  • Blue Harbour Pure Lambswool Block Checked ScarfBlue Harbour Pure Lambswool Block Checked Scarf
  • Uniqlo Unisex 100% Cashmere ScarfUniqlo Unisex 100% Cashmere Scarf
  • M&s Collection Pure Cashmere Fringe Trim ScarfM&s Collection Pure Cashmere Fringe Trim Scarf

£300 To £600

If you’ve got a little more cash padding your pockets, it’s worth checking out some of this season’s most talked about pieces.

A Checked Wool Blazer

While a checked wool blazer might not boast the all-rounder appeal of a plain navy style, it’s still a winning option for everything from a date to a client dinner.

Subtle, smaller-spaced checks will likely be easier to team with all the pieces currently in your wardrobe, while boxy windowpane checks and high-contrast colour combinations will suit if this is set to be your smarter statement piece.

Fully lined pure wool jackets are most suited to the autumn/winter months – not only are they sure to keep you insulated as the winter chill sets in, but they also look infinitely smarter than the lightweight, unstructured versions pedalled when the sun is out.

Men's Checked Blazers Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

Hackett AW15Sarar SS15Crane Brothers AW15Bagozza Aw14Suitsupply AW15Bugatti AW14El Burgues AW15Luigi Bianchi Mantova AW15Reiss AW15Henry Cottons AW15Boomerang Aw15J.Crew September 2015

Key Styles

Recommended Budget: ~£200

  • Austin Reed Contemporary Fit Grey/navy Overcheck JacketAustin Reed Contemporary Fit Grey/navy Overcheck Jacket
  • Topman Harris Tweed Monochrome Pure Wool Check Skinny Fit BlazerTopman Harris Tweed Monochrome Pure Wool Check Skinny Fit Blazer
  • Austin Reed Viyella Black Watch Tartan Wool JacketAustin Reed Viyella Black Watch Tartan Wool Jacket
  • Reiss Hancock B Wool Check Blazer GreyReiss Hancock B Wool Check Blazer Grey
  • M&s Collection Luxury Pure New Wool 2 Button Prince Of Wales Check JacketM&s Collection Luxury Pure New Wool 2 Button Prince Of Wales Check Jacket
  • Uniqlo Men Wool Blended Checked BlazerUniqlo Men Wool Blended Checked Blazer
  • Chester Barrie Check Notch Collar Tailored Fit Formal BlazerChester Barrie Check Notch Collar Tailored Fit Formal Blazer
  • He By Mango Check Cool Wool Suit BlazerHe By Mango Check Cool Wool Suit Blazer
  • John Lewis Subtle Check Tailored Blazer FawnJohn Lewis Subtle Check Tailored Blazer Fawn

A Pair Of Leather Chelsea Boots

There are certain Victorian hallmarks we’ll happily do without (poverty, tuberculosis and child labour to name a few), but this 19th century-born boot is a keeper.

Combining the ease of wear and sleek, unfussy design of a shoe with the practicality of a boot, Chelsea boots are arguably the best way to stay well-shod through the colder months. Only genuine leather – regularly polished and protected – will do, while colours like black, shades of brown and oxblood are all worth considering.

Men's Chelsea Boots Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

Vince AW14Bensimon AW15AllSaints AW12House of Fraser AW15Burton AW15Primark AW15Sand AW15Massimo Dutti Equestrian AW14Reserved AW15El Burgues AW15Zadig & Voltaire AW15Reiss AW15

Key Styles

Recommended Budget: ~£100

  • River Island Dark Red Leather Chunky Chelsea BootsRiver Island Dark Red Leather Chunky Chelsea Boots
  • M&s Collection Luxury Leather Chelsea BootsM&s Collection Luxury Leather Chelsea Boots
  • Bertie Ceasars Brushed Leather Chelsea Boots TanBertie Ceasars Brushed Leather Chelsea Boots Tan
  • Topman Tan Leather Chelsea BootsTopman Tan Leather Chelsea Boots
  • Jack & Jones Radnor Leather Chelsea BootsJack & Jones Radnor Leather Chelsea Boots
  • Asos Chelsea Boots In LeatherAsos Chelsea Boots In Leather
  • Next Brown Chelsea BootNext Brown Chelsea Boot
  • Dr. Martens 2976 Originals Black Chelsea BootDr. Martens 2976 Originals Black Chelsea Boot
  • Office Cramble Chelsea Boots Black LeatherOffice Cramble Chelsea Boots Black Leather

£600 to £1000+

Still got some change spare after all of that? Now’s the time to consider luxury items and accessories that will help to personalise your look.

Wool Overcoat

There’s an irony to sticking an overcoat in the highest price bracket here but the reality is quality wool versions don’t come cheap. Or even near it.

Indisputably smart, insulating and seasonless, buy right and you’ll have your wool coat forever. And by ‘buy right’ we mean swapping oversized cuts for glove-like fits, statement patterns (read: camo or giant houndstooth) for subtle variations (that’d be herringbone) and track-stopping bright colours for hues you can wear with anything (like black, midnight blue, shades of grey and camel).

Men's Overcoat Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

J.Crew October 2015Burton AW15Club Monaco AW14Hackett AW15Faconnable AW15Aquascutum AW15River Island AW15AllSaints AW15New Look AW15Bensimon AW15Reiss AW15Cadillac x Nick Wooster For Gilt 2015

Key Styles

  • Club Monaco Wool-blend CoatClub Monaco Wool-blend Coat
  • Sandro Double-breasted Herringbone Wool-blend OvercoatSandro Double-breasted Herringbone Wool-blend Overcoat
  • Reiss Claremont Wool Overcoat NavyReiss Claremont Wool Overcoat Navy
  • Hackett London Double Face Wool Overcoat NavyHackett London Double Face Wool Overcoat Navy
  • Suitsupply Grey OvercoatSuitsupply Grey Overcoat
  • He By Mango Cotton Cashmere-blend CoatHe By Mango Cotton Cashmere-blend Coat
  • Silver Italian Wool Cashmere Epson CoatSilver Italian Wool Cashmere Epson Coat
  • British Fabric Pure Wool CoatBritish Fabric Pure Wool Coat
  • Uniqlo Men Wool & Cashmere Chesterfield CoatUniqlo Men Wool & Cashmere Chesterfield Coat

Wool Trousers

We’re men of our word; we said twill trousers will style you through most of your iCal engagements this autumn/winter, and we’re sticking to it. But there are times – standing out for all the right reasons at your office Christmas party, for example – only fine wool will do.

Wool, or wool-blend, flat front or single-pleat trousers are a men’s wardrobe mainstay for dressier affairs. Invest in a pair of these and you’ll never have to combine a pristine button-down with past-their-prime jeans ever again.

Men's Wool Trousers Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

Burton AW14Suitsupply AW15Dunhill AW14Club Monaco AW14Burton AW15Mango Man AW14River Island AW15Boglioli AW15Primark AW14Reiss AW15J.Crew AW15M&S AW15

Key Styles

  • Berluti Slim-fit Wool And Cashmere-blend TrousersBerluti Slim-fit Wool And Cashmere-blend Trousers
  • Suitsupply Grey TrousersSuitsupply Grey Trousers
  • Best Of British For M&s Collection New Pure Wool Tailored Fit Flat Front Twill TrousersBest Of British For M&s Collection New Pure Wool Tailored Fit Flat Front Twill Trousers
  • Calvin Klein Collection Jadkaw Slim-fit Wool TrousersCalvin Klein Collection Jadkaw Slim-fit Wool Trousers
  • Reiss Barnaby T Modern-fit TrousersReiss Barnaby T Modern-fit Trousers
  • Zilli Snake Trim Wool TrousersZilli Snake Trim Wool Trousers
  • River Island Grey Wool-blend Herringbone Slim Fit TrousersRiver Island Grey Wool-blend Herringbone Slim Fit Trousers
  • Acne Aron Shetland TrouserAcne Aron Shetland Trouser
  • He By Mango Textured Wool ChinosHe By Mango Textured Wool Chinos

Leather Gloves

Not just for serial killers and Bond villains, leather gloves are pretty much the only way of keeping your hands warm without looking like a man-child, out-of-place intrepid explorer or spectacularly ‘down on your luck’.

Try an unlined driving style for a sleek finish or pick up a fur- or cashmere-lined pair to keep your digits toasty and your look on-point.

Men's Leather Gloves Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

Mango Man AW14J.Lindeberg AW13Mango Man AW14Zara AW13House of Fraser Aw13Massimo Dutti AW13

Key Styles

  • Reiss Gosling Leather Driving GlovesReiss Gosling Leather Driving Gloves
  • Suitsupply Brown GlovesSuitsupply Brown Gloves
  • Dents Delta Leather Driving GlovesDents Delta Leather Driving Gloves
  • He By Mango Tab Leather GlovesHe By Mango Tab Leather Gloves
  • Selected Leather GlovesSelected Leather Gloves
  • Collezione Italian Leather Gloves With ThinsulateCollezione Italian Leather Gloves With Thinsulate
  • Berluti Cashmere-lined Grained-leather GlovesBerluti Cashmere-lined Grained-leather Gloves
  • Loro Piana Cashmere-lined Leather GlovesLoro Piana Cashmere-lined Leather Gloves
  • Thom Browne Grosgrain Trim Leather GloveThom Browne Grosgrain Trim Leather Glove

Final Word

Adding on-trend, versatile pieces to your cold-weather collection needn’t mean extending your overdraft. Gauge your budget against this guide before you go shopping to buy smarter and expand your autumn/winter wardrobe possibilities.

How will you be spending this season? Would you distribute your hard-earned cash differently than we’ve done above?

Share your thoughts below.