Hibernating is not an option for guys on the go this holiday season, but it is sometimes hard to envision a fun night out when the temperatures are dipping into the teens. So, I say: Be prepared. Here, the three outerwear pieces that will keep you warm, while making sure you get a chance to impress.
The rugged parka—that staple of outdoorsmen everywhere—remains a necessity this fall and winter. But this weatherproof jacket is not just for ski-and-camp looks anymore: It looks sharp over blazers and ties on those nefarious winter nights. Fingertip lengths with drawstring waists and multiple cargo pockets work best. Look for color-blocked nylon or more vintage-y coated cotton styles.
Quilted insulation is what you want on your body when hitting the city streets this winter. New lighter-than-air puffer vests and jackets (important suitcase items if traveling) are less chunky, and look sophisticated with compact diamond quilting. If you want to get a few seasons out of this piece, opt for dark solid tones: navy, burgundy and definitely black. I love quilted vests worn as mid layers, underneath topcoats and suit jackets.
Time-honored topcoats and pea coats in varying lengths were mainstays on fashion runways, and are going to be big for dressy holiday looks this season. Weighty, dense wool or cashmere fabrics allow for structured collars and some angled (but not too boxy) shapes. Your body type will dictate the length of the jacket, but all should fall below the waist. Tall guys can do three-quarter or knee-length styles, while shorter men should opt for fitted fingertip lengths. For color, you cannot go wrong with understated black, navy, charcoal or camel.
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*The What To Pack List: Keep handy for your next warm weather escape.