Men's Winter Wardrobe Must-Haves

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  • Author Harvey Mcewan
  • Published November 20, 2012
  • Word count 417

To survive the chilliest time of the year whilst still looking smart and stylish, every male needs to invest in a few men's winter wardrobe must-haves.


As a base layer and for extra warmth, always make sure to wear a short-sleeved t-shirt. For work, wear this under a classic button-front shirt in a block colour or with a neutral pattern such as checks, polka dots or stripes. Vintage-inspired prints are once again very modern.

Alternatively, just slip on a jersey shirt with a V-neck or round-neck, depending on what shape best suits you.

Jumpers and Cardigans

No winter wardrobe is complete without a quality woolen jumper. Ideally, this should be a real Nordic or Scandinavian design item, however, these are not so readily available in shops and can cost quite a lot.

Instead, invest in an Arran knit or faux-Arran design garment, ensuring it's not purely synthetic and will genuinely keep you warm. Fair Isle knit patterns are also bang on trend.

For warmer winter days, a few basic jersey jumpers and thin crew jumpers are extremely versatile and can be worn for both work and leisure.

Fan of the cardigan? These are very much still en vogue and look great paired with most styles of trousers. Choose warm fabrics like cashmere, wool or mohair. Chunky knits look good.


Jeans are a must for all seasons, but in the winter it's important to choose a style made in thicker, heavier denim to better withstand the chill.

In general, avoid thin, light and floaty materials as these will make it very unpleasant to spend prolonged periods of time in the outdoors.

A wise idea for kicking about at the weekend is to invest in a trendy pair of sweatpants. The fabric is often soft, warm and cosy, making it ideal for wearing while out and about in the winter.

For wearing during the week and in the city, chinos in a heavier cotton are a good choice.


Every fashion-conscious male should have more than one winter coat: one for work, one for play and, ideally, another for evenings out. Most men get away with having just the two, however, by choosing a versatile key piece that can be worn both to the office and in the evenings.

Mens pea coats are ideal in terms of versatility. They look equally cool paired with tailored trousers as they do a pair of jeans or chinos.

For weekends and more casual occasions, duffle coats are a good choice.

Harvey McEwan writes on topics as broad as mens pea coats and holiday destinations.

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