The depths of winter aren’t the Arctic fashion wasteland you might imagine. Sure, on the scale from hypebeast points to preventing hypothermia, we know where our priorities lie. But staying warm doesn’t have to mean playing it safe. Look to these stylish street-stylers, carefully constructing cosy-cool outfits around on-trend outerwear, and let them inspire your own cold-weather compositions.
INSPIRATION AND ADVICE
STYLISH GUYS IN COLD-WEATHER GEAR
By Matt Glazebrook, 8 December 2017
The classic double-breasted peacoat has been on the menswear back-burner for the past few winters, but your man here shows how to revive this seafaring-chic stalwart for AW17. Specifically, by adding in a chunky knit roll-neck, straight-leg jeans and a pair of Clarks Wallabees – like a cross between Robert Redford in 70s thriller Three Days of the Condor, and a mid-90s Wu-Tang Clan affiliate.
2017 has been the year that fashion has embraced the waterproof jacket and the hiking boot, with everyone from Dior Homme to Lanvin offering high-fashion takes on technical outerwear, and cult performance brands like The North Face and Patagonia finding a new audience among streetwear heads. So, while your man here might look like he’s only an Ordnance Survey map in a clear plastic wallet from joining your dad on his Sunday hike in the Peak District, he’s actually channelling the freshest trends with his vibrant anorak layered over a 90s half-zip windbreaker.
Puffer the magic jacket
Thanks to its duvet-like levels of insulation, the puffer jacket is the closest cold-weather clothing equivalent to not getting out of bed at all. If you are obliged to abandon the sanctuary of your sleepwear on the chilliest days, you could do worse than follow this fella’s lead, and throw an ultra-cosy padded jacket over the comfy combo of a hoodie and joggers.
There’s nothing particularly noteworthy about this guy’s coat – indeed, it’s the same classic snorkel parka that’s been worn by schoolkids for generations – but there’s a solid lesson here in elevating a staple while maintaining a stable core temperature. A hoodie is keeping your man’s ears warm, while a webbing belt and ultra-wide-leg trousers deliver AW17 kudos. Bonus points for the matching coat-lining and trainer mid-sole action.
We all know the core-coddling qualities of a shearling lining. But one of winter 2017’s key sartorial moves has been to take that fleecy texture and stick it on the outside of our outerwear. It’s a punchier approach, so embrace the statement quality of your all-over-borg and rock a powerful pattern or bold hue – perhaps taking cues from street-style superstar Luka Sabbat’s patchwork performance here.