There’s no shame in purchasing fresh, new, comfortable clothes. Sure, we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, and yes, the brutal winter weather across the U.S. has put most of our social plans on hold. But every change to the norm that’s altered our daily dress has ultimately made men smarter shoppers. Think about it: instead of frivolous impulse purchases or falling for the hype-bait on those wild and whacky limited-edition sneakers, your winter wardrobe investments this year are more focused, allowing you to hone in on what brings you comfort, what’s necessary to combat the elements, and what garments have the versatility to be worn on repeat.
However, even with the right winter clothes, it can be a challenge for any guy to figure out what to pair together for the ideal amount of comfort, without sacrificing cool style. The ideal winter ‘fit should look relaxed, effortlessly stylish, and incorporate all of your favorite comfy gear. While formal suiting and neckties are currently pushed to the back of your closet, we put together a few key winter outfit ideas that will have you covered for all cold-weather scenarios, from cozy WFH hours to weekend walks on snowy trails. You might have some of these items in your closet already, which is awesome, and if you don’t, consider these high-quality duds to be worthy investments to cover all your bases this winter.
Simplify your cold-weather style and flex these easy ‘fits on Zoom or on the go.
WFH, But Polished
No man will complain about switching his uncomfortable, stiff trousers for soft and stretchy sweatpants, but at some point, the blurred lines between loungewear and workwear haven’t made separating working hours and off hours any easier.
Even if you’re only visible from the waist up, a more polished WFH winter outfit will make your work life feel more normal (whatever that means these days), and boost your confidence to close that deal, ask for a promotion, and generally embody the vibes of a total boss.
The trick to a cool-yet-comfortable WFH flex is all in the details. An elevated turtleneck sweatshirt makes your go-to winter knit look a bit more elevated for mornings on Zoom. And while your coworkers won’t see your stylish pants by the water cooler this year, you will feel more confident and professional in a true pair of trousers. A relaxed-fit chino in a seriously soft fleece fabric basically feels like a more formal lounge pant, providing warmth and the ideal amount of roominess to work from your home office setup or your living room couch.
Another bonus to dressing up for work is the freedom it allows you to go for a walk or run some errands at any given free moment in your day, avoiding the quick scramble to get dressed in the afternoon when entering the outside world. Wearing cool kicks indoors also helps to provide some much needed foot support while walking on the hardwood floors in your home. And if you’re popping out for a quick moment or just want to show off your cool layering game to coworkers, top off your winter outfit with a versatile puffer vest.
Whatever you choose to wear during your 9-to-5, keep it classic, simple, and comfortable enough to make the long day a bit easier.
Below Freezing ‘Fits
When you’re dealing with harsh wintry conditions, does anyone really care what they look like? Maybe not, but that doesn’t mean you can’t buy stylish winter gear for your daily moves in frigid conditions. Start with your winter coat, the most important layer for combatting the cold. Opt for a quality down jacket that’s windproof, waterproof, insulating, and easy to care for. Yes, the price tag is hard to stomach, but well-done outerwear can take on the elements for many winters to come.
For a little extra protection, a long-sleeve tee with heat technology is ideal for extra warmth without adding unwanted bulk to your torso. For the lower half of your body, pants with innovative performance fabrication for added stretch and durability will help you to move freely and stay dry, even when you’re knee deep in snow. And speaking of trekking through snow, tough waterproof winter boots with a lug sole for traction are another must-have for your wardrobe. To finish off your winter outfit, top-notch cold-weather accessories will ensure that you’re as cozy as possible.
Overall, sticking to a color scheme of neutrals, navy, and dark shades of green will make your winter outfit look sleek and timeless, but that’s not as important as the quality of your winter gear. If you’re strapped for cash and can only invest in a few key pieces this season, turn your attention to these options.
Winter Workout Warrior
With all the time you’re cooped up indoors, taking your workout outdoors provides a refreshing change of scenery—well, that and your gym might be closed, so you make it work. All you need is a few extra layering pieces for added warmth, like leggings to don under your workout shorts and a stretchy-yet-insulating puffer jacket to top off your cool graphic running tee. It’s key that your gear is lightweight enough to level up your fitness game without hindering your performance. And to continue to follow CDC guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19, now is a great time to try a winterized neck gaiter with a warm fleece lining.
Who says you can’t look stylish in sweats? Hit the city streets by topping off your cozy look with an overcoat to provide a structured and tailored contrast to your relaxed sweatpants. If your sweats or fleece pants have a minimalist vibe, give your winter outfit a style boost by incorporating printed pieces and graphic garb. To avoid an overload of interest, a simple retro sneaker creates the perfect balance for your street-ready ‘fit. And for the final touch, it’s time to mask up, but opt for something that adds to the overall style vibe you’re going for—those disposable masks just won’t cut it.
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