The five building blocks of your winter wardrobe

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Essential pieces that will see you into seamlessly into spring

What’s the one trait all smart-dressing men share? The knowledge that all great wardrobes are built on a series of well-considered wardrobe staples that will never, ever let you down. So, just in time for temperatures to plummet, we’ve taken it back to basics: no fuss, no frills, no frivolities. These five pieces are the building blocks of a stylish winter wardrobe – invest in these, and you’ll be set until spring.

The overcoat

Ami oversized coat

You can’t get more timeless than this Ami overcoat. The Parisian brand, which was set up in 2011 by Alexandre Mattiussi, prides itself on its sharp, yet easy-to-wear tailoring. This overcoat is a case in point: oversized for a contemporary feel, it’ll slip equally well over your Monday-Friday suit as it will over a chunky weekend knit. Cut from classic Herringbone cloth, it’s a piece you’ll be reaching for winter after winter.

£925, shop now

The gilet

Filson gilet

The gilet has had a bit of a style renaissance for AW18, and was spotted on the runways at Armani, Les Hommes and Lanvin. Day to day, it’ll also bring a brilliant additional layer of warmth to your winter wardrobe.. This gilet from American outdoors brand Filson – which we particularly rate for its stylish-yet-practical collections – is cut from thick Mackinaw virgin wool, and comes in an understated design with chest pocket detailing. It’ll look just as good layered under your winter overcoat as it will getting lost in the great outdoors.

£150, shop now

The sweater

Inis Meáin sweater

Inis Meáin is the knitwear brand to turn to for really timeless knitwear. Founded on the small Irish island of the same name in 1976, it takes its inspiration from the island’s long tradition of knitting sweaters for fishermen, reinterpreting traditional stitches and styles to create unique knitwear that stands the test of time. This chunky cable knit sweater is made from cosy merino wool, and will stand you in good stead for winters to come. Its cheerful brick red hue will cheer up the bleakest of days, too. 

£265, shop now

The boots

Crockett & Jones ‘Chiltern’ Chukka boots

A great pair of winter boots is always a solid style decision. But with a plethora of choice out there, deciding which ones to plump for is more difficult. Let us present these chocolate suede Chukka boots from Jackal staple Crockett & Jones. Handmade in the company’s Northampton factory, they’re crafted from premium suede (that’s lined for extra warmth points) and feature durable Dainite rubber soles for added insulation and grip on slippy winter streets. What’s more, from denim to chinos, they’ll go with almost everything in your existing wardrobe. If you calculate cost per wear, these are a no brainer.

£345, shop now

The bag

Ettinger tote bag

Winter wardrobes have a tendency to err on the side of sombre. To combat this, choose a lighter hued bag for every day, which will instantly elevate your cold weather outfits. In bright ivory with chocolate brown trimmings, this Ettinger tote will provide a welcome contrast to all that black and navy. It comes in hard wearing canvas, and has two spacious internal compartments and a removable leather shoulder straps. It’s an investment, but your commute will never have looked so good.

£415, shop now

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