Unless they’re particularly fashion-conscious, a lot of men can have a lacklustre approach to styling, making use of the same basic t-shirt and jean ensembles throughout the year, give or take a hoodie or two.
There’s obviously nothing wrong with this if it makes him happy, but often, men resort to these go-tos because they want comfortable outfits that they can chuck on quickly. And, in all honesty, some great and far more winter-friendly options can also fit that requirement.
A fully-kitted, ready-to-go winter wardrobe needn’t break the bank or his morning routine. He simply needs help stocking up on the following easy-wear winter must-haves.
No one should be without thermals in the winter, and your man is no exception. He might want to seem like he’s fine facing the frost in his ripped jeans, but the reality is that everyone’s more comfortable when warm. Base-layer thermals that he can shove under even a t-shirt if that’s what his wardrobe consists of are especially great, as they’ll provide heat without impacting the look of his outfits.
Thermals are available as long johns, leggings, and more, meaning that he can tailor his choice depending on where he requires warmth, and what works with the rest of his clothes (e.g. picking long johns over leggings if he loves skinny jeans). The main secret to getting thermals right is to simply look out for polyester or merino woollen options that are breathable and moisture-wicking.
A cable sweater
Whether he looks best in creams, browns, or a nice deep shade of blue, a cable sweater is an easily wearable item that’s becoming increasingly essential for men’s winter wardrobes. After all, the thickness of those cables will provide maximum warmth, and the classic look of a sweater design like this means that he can chuck it on to create a cosy outfit over jeans, work trousers, and even joggers if he’s so inclined.
Since rising back into the public consciousness thanks to celeb wearers like Chris Evans, cable sweater styles have also expanded to cover everything from all-over cables to cable strips, or even just cables up the arms. So, whether he wants to be over-the-top or understated, there’s sure to be a cable out there that he’ll reach for every time.
A camel coat
High-quality woollen camel coats may be pricey, but they’re another timeless classic that could enhance even the most stripped-back male winter wardrobe. Whether he wants to stick to his year-round t-shirts or pair this with something like a cable sweater, investing in this one key item can see him looking great, feeling warmer, and adding a whole new sleekness to her winter looks.
Perhaps the only effort he’ll need to put into making that camel coat look great is in the care itself. After all, as a natural fibre, wool needs careful handling to look its best moving forward, including regular wipe-downs with a damp cloth and storage in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight or heat.
The right set of accessories
Key fashion items like the ones listed are crucial for an easy-wear winter-friendly wardrobe, but accessories are where his winter looks will come into their own. From men’s hats to scarves and suede gloves, these additions can complement every outfit, and he needn’t think all that hard about them. If he invests in the right colour combinations to work with things like that camel coat, then he literally can just slip on these extra pieces as he leaves the house, and enjoy an elevated level of style as a result.
Winter accessories like these also make great gifts without getting bogged down in practicalities that he might not care about, and should be purchased in mind of his colour scheme, preferred materials (for instance, some men might be particularly sensitive to wool, and prefer something softer like merino fibres), and also general wearability. If he works a practical, outdoor job, for instance, you may want to replace those suede gloves with some harder-wearing thick fingerless ones. Equally, you may find that he’s more likely to get decent wear out of a cap than he might out of a thick beanie. Either way, you can bet he’ll soon start reaching for those accessories, even if he doesn’t think he will begin with.
Male winter wardrobes can seem overwhelming for guys who aren’t overly fashion-conscious, but it doesn’t require a great deal of time or energy to create a great, timeless winter capsule that’ll have him reaching for these must-haves in no time.