Our series enlists expert help to pinpoint every new piece on a budget. This week, how to bolster your wardrobe for winter.
1 Single-Breasted Wool Overcoat
The overcoat is one of the most important weapons in your cold-weather arsenal. And not just because it’s a classic.
“A quality woollen overcoat will probably be your most expensive purchase,” says Freddie Kemp, stylist at Thread. “But it’ll also be your most versatile, sitting pretty with tailoring but working just as well with a more casual look.”
Want to make that cost-per-wear go even further? “Choose a style with lapels. The traditional detail chimes with classic tailoring, but will also balance off-duty pieces.”
Charcoal Wool And Cashmere Overcoat, available at Charles Tyrwhitt, priced £199.
1 Crew Neck Jumper
All style-conscious men know that layering is an art form. But before you can become a master, you need to nail the basics.
“A mid-weight, crew neck jumper is simple and versatile, but the texture also adds dimension to a look,” says Kemp. “Simply layer over a tee or a shirt to bring depth to a staple outfit.”
Reiss Hamilton Cashmere Crew Neck Jumper, available at Thread, priced £175.
1 Neutral Hoodie
The hoodie: once a piece you bunged in the gym bag, now a wardrobe must-have thanks to brands like Vetements and Rag & Bone. It’s also the best way to elevate your casualwear, says Kemp.
“The hoodie is now a legitimate menswear option, and provides an easy nod to the sports luxe trend – something that has refused to shift from the radar for the past few seasons. And, it shows no signs of disappearing either.”
However, your hoodie should be less Linkin Park, more Louis Vuitton. “Choose a fitted silhouette in a neutral colour, like taupe. This ensures an easy wear with your overcoat and a more flattering shape.”
Wolfe Hoodie, available at AllSaints, priced £85.
1 Pair Of Forest Green Chinos
A grounded look should be down to earth. Literally. And forest green chinos are the modern twist on a menswear classic your wardrobe needs.
“Chinos are a standard for any contemporary wardrobe, but a forest green colourway brings the staple up-to-date for this season,” says Kemp. “Astrid Andersen, Casely-Hayford and Tiger of Sweden were all rocking the shade.”
They’re versatile, too. “Chinos work for any occasion, from off-duty to smart-casual when paired with tees or a blazer.”
Dark Khaki Skinny Chinos, available at ASOS, priced £20.
1 Pair Of Navy Wool Trousers
If chinos are the versatile choice, navy wool trousers are their smarter brother – and a failsafe option for more formal dress codes.
“For party season, a more tailored, structured trouser is essential,” says Kemp. “Plus, it’s important to have a warmer option for winter, and a pair of woollen trousers provide better insulation – especially when they’re manufactured in countries known for quality, such as Italy.”
Jigsaw Italian Wool Cotton Twill Trousers, available at Thread, priced £98.
1 Pair Of Neutral Trainers
For many men, the days of strict office dress codes are long gone – and the trainer is now a welcome choice for work.
“Wearing trainers is acceptable in most office environments these days, so smarter, minimal white sneaks have become incredibly popular,” says Kemp. “Add some colour to mix it up. There are options across the board that sit just as well with your civvies as they do a suit.”
Reebok Classic Nylon, available at Reebok, priced £54.95.
1 Pair Of Smart Lace-Up Boots
Although trainers are now suitable for most occasions, they aren’t built for trudging through sleet and snow. Which is where a pair of a well-crafted boots steps in.
“The right pair of smart lace-up boots can be an alternative to brogues,” says Kemp. “And with cold weather on the horizon, they’ll kick winter into touch.”
And as for colour? “Try a dark chestnut brown – they still work with a suit but lend a rugged, masculine edge to off-duty looks.”
Hammond & Co. By Patrick Grant Dark Brown Leather Lace-Up Boots, available at Thread, priced £80.