Gone are the days of stepping outside in a white linen shirt. As we enter the arctic months, it’s time to evaluate the outerwear that will shield us from the elements and mesh effortlessly with our year-round wardrobe staples. (Bonus points if they are moisture-wicking and resistant to the seasonal red wine spill).
Here, we shortlist a few of the most masterfully-made jackets, blazers and belted beauties from the world’s best names in fabrication. Plus, how to style them for the arctic months with fellow Harrolds favourites.
It’s time to evaluate the outerwear that will shield us from the elements
The resurgence of The Matrix-esque black leather straight line jackets is hard to miss. Striking, cinched and superbly winter-proof, this jacket ticks the trending now box while maintaining enough simplicity to stand the test of time. Our pick comes from outerwear icon Saks Potts.
The Attico knows how to craft a ‘forever’ black blazer. The sheer versatility of this shoulder-padded, single-breasted rendition means it will be spending very little time on a coat hanger. Take it from the boardroom to the bar and beyond. While the rest of your winter outfitting revolves for occasions, the black blazer is a reflexive throw-on for all.
Outerwear has the opportunity to completely alter the ensemble that lies beneath. Take this Acne Studios Shiny Ogranza Trench for example: the glittering exterior turns a jacket into less of a utilitarian outfit addition and more of a statement-piece akin to jewellery or brilliant heels.
An asymmetric twist on the traditional black blazer, this COMME des GARÇONS marvel makes dressing for colder climes simple, but far from ordinary. Just slip it on over your signature denim and tee combination and polish with a sleek accessory.
Yohji Yamamoto’s Graphic Print Linen Jacket is for the bold dressers. While some of us evade colour as the temperature drops, Yohji makes a strong case for the reign of outlandish designs during outerwear season.
This Twill Shirt Jacket is the handiwork of Thom Browne. The resurgence of the ‘shacket’ balances laid-back style with structured consideration. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more reliable winter companion for both work and play.