Four Outerwear Must-Haves For Men This Winter

News| 1st June 2024
Four Outerwear Must-Haves For Men This Winter
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Winter in Melbourne is already in full swing, but as we get deeper into the season having the right kit is key to navigating the crisp mornings and blustery days that are in store for the next few months. From easy jackets that layer well with jumpers to classic coats made from wool, InStyle’s Market Editor Annie Doig breaks down the best outerwear for men to buy this season.

The casual cover up

Everyday ease is the name of the game when it comes to casual cover ups.

“There’s always going to be an appetite for pieces you can throw on and go. Invest in colours that complement the rest of your wardrobe to get the most life out of transeasonal jackets,” Doig says. You can always layer cosy knits underneath lightweight styles as needed.

This season, look for classic silhouettes – like chore, bomber and aviator styles –  in finishes that will add personality to outfits. Bassike crafts its new-season bomber jacket from brown corduroy – the Sydney label also offers a vintage-washed denim jacket in a unisex fit.

Spanish brand Adolfo Dominguez uses sleek faux leather to amp up its Aviator style. And Jac + Jack finishes the button-front Divvy jacket in a luxe wool tailoring fabric.

The classic coat

“There’s something immediately elegant about a man in a classic coat,” Doig says. Trenches, car coats and wool styles in neutral colourways slot into work and weekend wardrobes without much fuss. “Finding the right length is important – look for styles that land about a hand above the knee for a flattering fit,” Doig adds.  

Trench details finish M.J. Bale’s khaki green Ombrone coat, which is cut from water-repellent twill.

The Harry car coat from R.M. Williams comes in Italian cotton moleskin – a durable choice for daily commutes.

And Saba offers up its grey Christopher overcoat in a subtly textured wool-blend fabric.

Scotch & Soda’s checked overcoat and Gant’s tailored topcoat both also arrive in wool blends this season.

The sporty shell 

The gorpcore trend has further blurred the line between athleisure and everyday wear. Technical styles that are designed to withstand rain, wind and icy elements are just as deserving of a place in city wardrobes. Doig suggests finding pieces that still have a fashionable nuance – minimalist branding and thoughtful details, like hidden hoods and stylish fastenings – to keep your look clean.

M.J. Bale’s Gilmore Spray jacket is fitted with hand-warmer pockets, a concealed hood and a drawstring waistband, adding to the sleek silhouette.

Hugo Boss puts a more refined, weather-proof spin on the puffer with its water-repellent padded jacket – it comes in black and dark blue. And Adidas leans into its athletic prowess with the Adicross anorak pullover, which is technically designed for golf but can be worn any day of the week. It’s also made from at least 70% recycled materials.

The formal jacket

Events don’t stop just because it’s cold outside. In fact, winter is the best season to get dressed up without worrying about sweating through your favourite suit.

“More formal styles make sense for work. But the right blazer or suit jacket can be mix-and-matched with chinos for more casual occasions, too,” Doig shares.

Saba cuts its Eames suit jacket from a wool and silk-blend fabric that adds elegance to the classic silhouette, and is also designed to travel well.

Gant’s grey Herringbone suit blazer can be worn with or without the matching trousers for a smart finish.

And 105 Shades of Black offers a range of made-to-measure pieces that will last for years to come.

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