1. Valstar A1 in tan suede
We’ve coveted the A1 ‘Valstarino’ before, but this piece represents a subtle evolution of Valstar’s iconic pilot’s bomber. It’s cut in chic tan goat’s suede, as typifies Valstar’s bombers, but unlike the majority of Valstar’s A1s, it’s unlined to preserve its slim lines and keep it relatively lightweight – perfect for the milder winter weather we’re experiencing. In tan, it’s as easy-to-wear as can be, and looks smart with everything from dark indigo denim to soft grey flannel. It’s natural to think of bomber jackets as dress-down items, but dressing them up with some smart tailored trousers or pleated chinos can completely transform your look. Treat yourself to this jacket and try it for yourself.
£750, shop now
2. Universal Works striped chunky rollneck
And beneath your new A1, this navy and tan striped rollneck from Universal Works is just the thing. Newly landed on Mr Porter, this piece is a fun way to tap into one of this season’s most versatile trends, and the soft lambswool and loose shape lend this rollneck the slouchy feel of a real winter warmer. It’s knitted in England, and the ribbed collar, cuffs and hem help it to retain its shape. Wear beneath your suede bomber, or anything else you’d care to for that matter – the midnight blue colour will go with almost anything.
£215, shop now
3. Paraboot ‘Michael’ lace-ups
Paraboot’s shoes are made for disagreeable weather. A French brand, founded originally to supply mountain going footwear to the Alpine communities in South Eastern France, Paraboot’s designs maintain a robust sensibility to this day. The ‘Michael’ lace-up was designed in 1945, and has formed a backbone of the brand’s collections ever since. Made with a sturdy moccasin construction, two lace eyelets and ferocious chunky vulcanised rubber soles, they’re a hardcore smart-casual shoe capable of taking on the most miserable aspects of winter. They’re even finished with a Norwegian welt (a waterproof version of a Goodyear welt) for added practicality. Nice.
£300, shop now
4. Polo Ralph Lauren Tartan sports coat
Ralph Lauren does many things well, but its loud tartan tailoring has to be among their most covetable designs. New for the winter season, this chic softly tailored ‘Morgan’ jacket (Polo’s signature model) has all the bells and whistles. First up, it’s cut in a striking green, black, red and yellow tartan – woven from a soft, warming blend of wool and Alpaca (another RL specialism). It’s styled with three-button closure, patch-and-flap pockets, leather football buttons and a nubuck under collar for an authentic preppy feel too. We think it’s got real character. Keep the rest of your look simple, let this jacket do the talking and you’ll be onto a winner this winter.
£595, shop now
5. Barena tailored cotton sweat pants
These trousers are smarter than they look. They’re cut from thick army green cotton canvas that’s smooth, but tough and wears in beautifully over time. And while they feature a relaxed drawstring waistband, they’re cut with tailored legs and smart side pockets. A clever piece of hybrid design from independent Italian brand Barena, they tick the ‘luxe sportswear’ box this season. The army green colour’s suitably autumnal and surprisingly easy to wear (it goes well with navy, greys and browns) but Trunk Clothiers are offering them in charcoal, too.
£195, shop now