Any man can throw on jeans and a T-shirt and look good when it’s balmy, but there is an art to layering and upgrading your outfits when the temperatures turn south. Braving the great outdoors, whether on weekend adventures or your daily commute, requires a carefully curated collection of winter-ready accessories designed to keep you cosy without compromising on the style aspect when exposed to the elements.
This winter, it’s time to ditch the Thinsulate hat and gloves that have seen you through the last four years and replace them with this cold-weather collective.
There’s more to protecting your mitts than just practicality. Your hands are out there for all to see, so it only makes sense that they look as stylish as the rest of you. After all, there’s nothing attractive about frostbitten fingers. Leather gloves are a moniker of the stylish man, cuffed around the wrist to keep out the cold and likely to last you a lifetime longer than the one-size-fits-all woollens you’ll likely come across when you’re out and about, unable to bear the winter winds whipping at your fingers. We love these leather styles by Mulberry.
To say there’s little more to a scarf than a slither of fabric, it is your first defence against the winter chill. Worn wrong, the scarf can channel all manner of continental clotheshorse vibes that just won’t work for the modern man, but done right the ultimate winter accessory can marry form and function in a union that’ll last forever. Opt for a lightweight style in a neutral colour, like this one from Hugo Boss, to slip comfortably inside the collar of your Belstaff leather, or add some texture to your tweed winter race day look in plaid Ralph Lauren, a staple for any English country gentleman. Remember, you’ll wear a scarf year-after-year and, worn so close to the face, it’s the first thing people see so it’s worth spending a little more to find the right one.
No man’s winter arsenal of accessories is complete without a pair of boots. We’re not talking the suede styles of summer, their delicate outers no match for a great British winter. Instead, you need heavy leather and a sturdy construction, which is where the Belstaff Trialmaster boots come in. Every bit as appealing as the Trialmaster jacket for which the British heritage brand is famed, these chunky boots will look just as good with or without that vintage Harley Davidson you’ve had your eye on.
Now, about that Belstaff. It isn’t too bold a claim to say that no man’s wardrobe should be without a Belstaff, the kind of purchase that you build up to, never regret and wear forever. Whether you follow in the footsteps of the icons in a Trialmaster, give a nod to a need for speed in the Roadmaster, or layer up in the leather Panther, a Belstaff jacket is the kind of trusty companion you want by your side – or rather, on your shoulders – throughout the deepest, darkest depths of winter. A little birdie tells us they just might be on sale right now at Robinsons, too.
Is your wardrobe winter ready? Visit Robinsons today to shop the accessories that will bring your winter looks out of the cold.