With leaves falling from the trees and temperatures beginning to drop, it’s clear that autumn is here – with winter following closely behind. To make everyday dressing stress-free this season, invest in the right staple pieces to see you through all weathers. Basics are the foundation of every well-edited ensemble, and we’ve got a host of versatile, trend-proof pieces that every man should have in his cold-weather arsenal.
The lightweight jumper
A quality knit will keep you warm from now until spring and is perfect for layering up, worn over a t-shirt on autumn days or with a long sleeved tee and outerwear when winter really hits. The best knitwear is crafted from temperature-regulating merino wool, breathable cotton blends or luxurious cashmere, so be sure to consider these. As a starting point, look to neutral colourways such as black, navy, grey, brown or beige, which will match with everything in your wardrobe.
The wool trousers
Wool trousers promise the best combination of warmth and comfort and ensure a smart, timeless look. For an enduring style that you can wear for years to come, opt for a slim cut. Wear with a shirt and blazer for smart occasions, or a classic white t-shirt and bomber jacket for a cool weekend look.
The plaid shirt
The plaid flannel is a versatile staple that has been working well with denim for as long as we can remember. Wear it open over a t-shirt on milder days, or button it up and layer under a casual jacket when it gets colder.
The chukka boot
Versatile and stylish, chukka boots make the ideal finishing touch to any casual look, yet can also add a cool, handsome edge to smart-casual outfits. Try a pair of light brown suede chukka boots with blue jeans, a white button-down and a denim jacket, or a black leather pair with tailored trousers and a blazer.
The versatile blazer
A blazer is a must for every man’s wardrobe and can be worn in a number of ways. For a laid-back vibe, layer over a casual sweater or hoodie and pair with jeans and trainers. For a more dressed up look, wear your blazer with a crisp white dress shirt, tailored trousers and leather Oxfords. A wool blend blazer is a great investment piece for winter, providing greater warmth and comfort on cold days.
The stretch blue jeans
Jeans are a year-round essential, and you probably already own a few pairs. The perfect pair of jeans, though, is the dark-wash stretch kind, which are ideal for both casual outings and smarter occasions. Add a neutral blazer, plaid shirt and leather trainers for a handsome high-low outfit that will take you anywhere.
The leather belt
Never underestimate the power of accessories. Designed to be both functional and stylish, a belt can really pull your look together. If your shirt is tucked in, a belt is essential, whether you’re going casual or smart. For formal looks, match the colour of your belt to that of your shoes for a sleek finish.
The rain jacket
It’s going to rain at some point, so you better be prepared. Stay dry without resorting to a pac-a-mac by investing in a piece of outerwear that smartly blends function with fine design. Look out for styles equipped with ample pockets and taped seams for a practical weatherproof option.