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5 Ways To Winter-Proof Your Wardrobe (Whatever Your Budget)

Winter’s a gamble in Australia. Not taking cold-weather serious enough, we bet on the sun’s rays to warm us up. And then we relegate all the cool winter items: overcoats, heavy knits and boots, to our European friends.

Beyond the punters, winter style is an art. Enter luxurious fabrics, sleek shapes and neutral colourways and layers. It’s fashion’s way of showing exactly how to dress for winter in 2016. Nothing polyester or gaudy-in-shade.

Giving the cold shoulder to the cheap and hyper-bright, here are 5 ways to winter-proof your wardrobe this season.

While we’ll be giving more attention to accessories in part 2 of this guide, the following men’s items highlight the need for a strong armoury. It’ll be the only thing standing between your summer-loving self and those blistery, blizzard winds.

Click through the slideshow for five, both luxury and the affordable, winter-proof items for your wardrobe.

#1 OvercoatCoat

The overcoat is winter’s hero piece for combatting the cold. Due to the cost of a quality overcoat, keep the colour traditional and blocked – black, grey, brown, navy, olive or beige – so it can be worn with your current wardrobe across many dress codes.

Like suits, the best ones come made from pure wool or cashmere, with silk linings and natural buttons. As for fit, try not succumb to this season’s oversized trend, but look for a snug-fit shoulder with some room in the sleeve. N.B. Make sure you get a size that will allow for a suit or sweater to be layered underneath.

Uniqlo and River Island offer some excellent value options and Acne Studios offers the perfect contemporary coat with old-school details, but for a luxury price.

#2 Trench Coat

TrenchIf it’s raining, your beautiful wool coat won’t fare well (unless you have an umbrella). So, go for the trench coat. Made from pressed wool or cotton poplin, rain will run off the trench, and it’s a lot lighter than most wool coats too, perfect for not-so-cold days.

In neutral tones – beige being the original hue, the trench is the most versatile jacket, worn open with jeans and sneakers on a sunny Saturday. Or, belted and collar-popped over a navy two-piece suit to survive a drizzly weekday commute.

Selected Homme do an affordable version of the classic. But for the original and the best, you can’t go past Burberry. But, it will cut a whole in your pocket.

#3 Heavy Knit

SweaterLightweight knits made the cut for our transitional season items a few months back. But now, as autumn’s leaves have hit the earth and are blown away by winter’s wind, it’s time to invest in heavy-duty knits. That means thick gauge varieties such as a cable knit or waffle.

As well as keeping out the cold, the heavy knit – and its chunky detail – will add some texture to an outfit, worn solo over heavy-twill chinos and boots. As a layering piece, like under a trench, go for a fin gauge sweater and stick to warm, natural fibres – wool or cashmere.

French brand A.P.C do a gunmetal waffle knit with a ribbed cuff and hem for a more succinct fit. Meanwhile, Topman‘s affordability means you could purchase an on-trend graphic print, ranging from quirky animal designs, to fruit symbols, and geometrics and camo print.

#4 Wool Trousers

TrouserHeavier weight trousers this season come in different fits (slim to wide, cropped or regular leg) as well as colours and textures (a reflection of what material makes up your pant). So, from the start, work out how formal you need the trouser to be.

A versatile pair, taking you from the office to the weekend, is the slim-cut (never skinny) navy or charcoal wool trouser. Much like your go-to chino in the summer, the classic colour will be an instant hit with a crisp white shirt and tweed blazer for work or with a tucked chunky knit and sneakers for Saturday chills.

Cropped and wide-leg are key this season, as well as subtle pleats at the front, for a nostalgia Fifties vibe. Beams Plus do a smoky grey wool blend with sophisticated front pleats and a back cinch for the office. And Hart Hollywood do a very affordable pure wool pant in straight-cut with a slim leg.

Want to make a splash with your trouser? Opt for a pinstripe or check, both sartorial prints that are accepted everywhere.

#5 Boots

BootsCold feet? As the temperature plummets, our canvas plimsolls aren’t enough to prevent chilblains and the slush of an unforeseen sidewalk puddle. Sturdy, leather boots are the order of the season. Better yet, a smart pair such as Derby boot or brogue that will fair well with suit pants for the office or selvedge jeans Sunday morning.

But, the rubber hits the road when it comes to the sole. While goodyear welted is the ultimate in craftsmanship and luxury, it doesn’t fair well in the wet. The wedge sole combines traction and stability whilst remaining lightweight, perfect for running a muck on those city streets.

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So, invest in a dress boot with a traction sole like Dr Martens‘ henley boot and one with a clean, leather sole like Viberg‘s brogue dress boot. And you’re set for winter, whatever the weather.

Click through the slideshow for five, both luxury and the affordable, winter-proof items for your wardrobe.

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