While we’d love to keep wearing shorts and t-shirts into October and November, we just have to accept that it’s time to dress warmer.
If you’re a guy who’s at all worried about looking stylish and presentable during the winter (we get it, some of us would rather just hibernate until spring comes creeping in), then you need to have at least these key items for a stylish and warm winter.
Can you break out of these items and wear something completely different? Absolutely! But if you start with these key items (and things you presumably already own like jeans and chinos), you’ll be ready to look good all winter long (and depending on where you live, that winter might be extremely long).
If you live anywhere that sees below freezing temperatures, you’re going to want to own a nice parka. If you live somewhere warmer, where the climate tends to feel more fall-like throughout the winter, you can swap a parka for something a little thinner like a leather jacket. If you’re not sure what makes a jacket a parka, give our jacket guide for men a quick read.
2. Wool Coat
Another jacket style you need to own when it’s really cold is a wool coat. These are perfect for more formal situations when a parka just won’t do. They’re not as good for braving the elements as a parka as parkas tend to feature more waterproof technology, but when it comes to keeping you warm, a good wool coat will do the job just as well.
There’s a wide variety of men’s boot styles out there to choose from, so if you’re only looking for one pair to get you through the winter, you’ll want to give it a little thought as far as which one is right for you. Make sure you think about the climate where you live – will there be a lot of snow to contend with? Do you need insulated boots to get through the day? These questions, along with the style you like, should make choosing a pair of boots a relatively painless process.
No matter who you are and no matter what you do, your neck gets cold. When it does, nothing sucks the warmth back in quite like a nice scarf. Not only that, but scarves serve as the perfect accent piece for just about any outfit. If you have a few different scarves to work with, you can really play around with contrast and matching colors to create entire different looks with the clothing you already own.
5. Leather Gloves
You want to keep your hands warm, right? Well, if you want to do so while looking your best, you can’t beat a pair of leather gloves. They’ll protect your hands from the elements without adding all kinds of bulk. If you spend a little money on a decent pair, they’ll last for years to come, and they’ll remain in style, so you won’t have to worry about buying a new pair every winter.
Beanies are definitely just for hitting the slopes with your snowboard friends. Once you understand a bit more about the different styles and types of knit hats that are available, you’ll be able to pair your beanie with just about any outfit, which will let you look stylish while keeping your head warm and toasty!
7. Nice Sweater
Another of the essential winter clothing items for men is a good sweater. There are so many types of sweaters out there for you, so you’re certain to find at least one that fits you properly and that goes with whatever look you’re setting out to create. Plus, if it’s really cold, add a t-shirt or thermal shirt underneath for an added layer of warmth.
8. Flannel Shirt
If it’s cool, but not cold yet, you don’t really need to wear a coat or jacket. Instead, just grab a nice flannel shirt and you’re all set. They’re slightly thicker than your standard button-up shirt or t-shirt. But, they look great with jeans. They’re also usually soft and make you want to snuggle up near a warm fire. If you’re not sure how to rock a flannel shirt, try this guide. Also, don’t worry. Flannel shirts come in plaid, solid colors, and patterns.
9. Warm Robe
Imagine being outside shoveling snow and coming in ready to warm up. Take off all your snowy clothes, slip into your PJs, and wrap yourself up in a snuggly robe. It’s one of the more overlooked, yet essential winter clothing items for men. Of course, they’re also a great way to warm up when stepping out of the shower when it’s cooler in the house.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many types of coats should I have for winter?
Obviously, the most essential clothing items for men during winter are coats. Since the temperature can fluctuate from cool to well below freezing, it’s a good idea to have at least a thick, warm coat, such as a parka, and a thinner jacket.
If your job requires business or more formal attire, you’ll want a nice wool coat too.
What's the best type of undershirt to layer to stay warmer?
A classic waffle thermal, such as Fruit of the Loom’s Waffle Thermal Underwear Crew Top, is always a great and usually inexpensive option. If you want something a little warmer, try a merino wool undershirt, such as MERIWOOL Men’s Base Layer.
If you’re highly active during the winter, you might prefer a moisture wicking undershirt, such as Thermajohn Thermal Shirts or Real Essentials Moisture Wicking Performance Long-Sleeve Shirt.
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