Follow your instincts when it gets cold: just layer up, buy big and huddle for warmth. Whether you prefer a more minimal palette or want to add some brightness to these grey and dreary days, arm yourself with a batch of tools to combat the closing of the year and the potentially bleak start in January. Stay warm, stay focused, and stay stylish as all hell.
Crown Northampton Abington Toe-cap All-white Sneakers, £235
Everyone loves a white sneaker. Wait, let me rephrase that: everyone needs a white sneaker. Perfect to accompany a casual look of jeans, rugby jersey and jumper. Or, even pair with a casual tailored look. What better way to go about this then go with a Northampton-made sneaker bringing heritage and craftsmanship to bear. The minimal styling is inspired by classic baseball and basketball sneakers but finished in luxurious leather.
Available at Crownnorthampton.com
Acne Orange/brown Cowhide Coat, £2,300
Statement coats are not dead! When having to cover up all your careful layering, don’t be bland; stand out and be remembered. This might be a contentious one for a winter ‘essential’, but this time of year we need all the cheering up we can get. This coat from Acne has been made using an over-dyed cowhide with raw edge details that is not for the fainthearted. Vegans, avert thine eyes.
Available at Acnestudios.com
John Smedley Hand-knitted Alpaca Prancer Sweater, £550
We all love a bit of festive novelty. However, it’s worth getting one to last you longer than a couple of days during the festive season – one that perhaps won’t be out of place in a Scandinavian mountain range. The large snowflake design on this hand-knitted John Smedley number is stylish enough to wear outside of your office Christmas do. A step away from its regular fine gauge knits, this is a limited edition, part of celebrating 235 years of its British craftsmanship.
Available at Johnsmedley.com
Nanamica Quilted Nylon-ripstop Down Jacket, £410
If you’re more inclined to a bit of techwear, then Nanamica’s ripstop down jacket is one for you. Made from a sturdy, water-repellent nylon-ripstop it’s filled with insulating Kodenshi® – a high-performance wadding that uses infrared technology to capture body heat and project it back. Taking inspiration from a US M-65 Parka, it balances contemporary style with a nod to a heritage garment.
Available at mrporter.com
Malloch’s Soft Lambswool Chunky Knit Crew Neck, £185
A chunky knit jumper is a must-have go-to which can work throughout the winter season anywhere and any-when you choose. Simple, versatile and cosy, this one from British brand Malloch’s is made with super soft lambswool in a heavy-gauge, giving you that wrapped in-cotton-wool feel without the need for a safe space.
Available at mallochs.co.uk
Pantherella Luxury Ribbed Cashmere Scarf, £190
The outdoors can be harsh in winter, so add some style to your outfits while keeping warm with a luxurious cashmere scarf. A no-brainer and an easy shoe-in, it can be worn wrapped or loosely equally well with down jackets or wool overcoats. This new range from Pantherella is its first step into a new product category, modelled on its famous socks. Timeless and elegant.
Available at pantherella.com
Mr. P Wide-legged Wool Flannel Trousers, £175
Let’s face it, you want to be comfortable on the long cold winter days, so switch up your regular trouser stance and get some wide-legged options made in wool. These trousers are made in soft flannel wool that allows the fabric to drape in a slouchy, nonchalant way. Whether you’re walking along the streets or relaxing reclined in a comfortable chair with your favourite winter tipple, these will be a sure (log) fire winner.
Exclusively at mrporter.com