Winter Wardrobe Essentials: The Basics Every Man's Wardrobe Needs
With winter fast approaching and a chill beginning to hit the air, winter clothes for men are beginning to hit the shelves, but what are the basics every man’s wardrobe needs?
Whether you’re creating a whole new winter wardrobe or simply filling in the gaps, here at Joe Browns we have you covered. Read our men’s style guide to find remarkable must-haves for your wardrobe this season!
Warm Winter Boots
Whether you’re heading into the office for a day at work, have an evening of drinks planned with a small group of friends or you’re going for a sunday stroll in the crisp winter air, a good pair of boots is essential for keeping you cosy and warm. After all, we lose most of our body heat through our head, hands and feet, so the right boots can help you stay snug!
Choose a classic pair of oiled leather boots for a stylish look that will compliment any outfit or go for chelsea boots with a twist for the perfect mix of urban and dapper. Wear your boots with your favourite pair of jeans and chunky knit jumper to really encapsulate those winter vibes.
Don’t forget, you can treat boots and shoes with specialist waterproof sprays which will help to keep your feet dry and warm!
The Perfect Plaid Shirt
Nothing quite says winter like a classic red check shirt— easy to style and a timeless wardrobe addition, you can wear a plaid shirt year after year. The bold colour makes for an effortlessly cool style, which when layered over a plain black t-shirt and paired with black slim fit jeans, will look casual and a little edgy.
A plaid shirt may not be the first thing that pops in your mind when you're aiming for a smart casual attire, but by choosing a monochrome check shirt, you can effortlessly make your outfit go from day to night for a slightly more polished look.
When selecting shirts, remember that pairing bolder and brighter patterns with neutral outfits will immediately make you stand out from the crowd. The bolder the print or bigger the check, the more casual a shirt will look.
Chilly weather calls for chunky knits! Layer your knitwear over your t-shirt on its own for those crisp mornings or underneath a winter's coat as the temperature begins to drop. Opt for a chunky cardigan or funnel neck jumper for a cosy and casual outfit that’s perfect for days spent at home or to throw on for running errands.
Alternatively, choose a classic crew neck jumper that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Pair with trousers and wear underneath a blazer jacket for a smarter ensemble, or choose denim and chelsea boots for an everyday outfit with flair.
Men’s winter jumpers can also be bold and eye-catching. For an outfit with a difference why not make the most out the festive season and go fabulous with fairisle?
The Everyday Hoodie
With Christmas movies and box sets beginning to show on TV, there’s no better feeling than being cosy on the sofa in comfortable, warm clothes. Choose a hoodie that feels great when you’re relaxing after a day's work but can also create a casual everyday outfit.
A brightly coloured hoodie will pop against your jeans when you’re heading for a coffee or lunch with your family, but can also be layered beneath a warm winter coat for a casual day out. Alternatively, wearing a hoodie underneath a black leather jacket with black jeans and boots will create a cool grungy outfit that looks great season after season!
A Funky Winter Coat
A great way to change up an everyday neutral outfit is with a funky and unique winter coat. For a comfortable and stylish look, a check jacket is a great option for layering. Wear on top of your favourite graphic t-shirt for a milder winters day or with a piece of knitwear for a chilly countryside stroll, so you can enjoy the great outdoors this season with comfort and style.
For day-to-day, you need a hooded coat that’s practical as well as being fabulous to look at. Ensuring you have a hood is important in the typically gloomy UK winter weather to make sure you don’t get caught out in the rain or snow. Whereas for a smarter look, a wool mix overcoat will be stylish and warm.
We suggest choosing bold, darker colours for a versatile coat that will enhance any outfit, whether that be jeans and a jumper or smart trousers and a shirt.
Patterned shirts introduce a bit of fun into an everyday outfit. Choose a subtle pattern shirt for a smarter look or go bold and bright with strong a 60’s inspired paisley print. If you're wanting to try something different from your everyday jeans, try wearing a patterned shirt with a pair of chinos instead.
We all know that a white shirt is a must-have all year round, so why not add a touch more personality to it with a patterned trim? This is a great way to add a bit of pizazz to your outfit without going as bold as a brightly patterned shirt. Pair with blue jeans for a fabulous smart-casual look.
Alternatively, with the festive season fast approaching, what better time to pull out those novelty Christmas clothing items! After all — when else can you wear a Chtistmas themed Santa shirt?!