If there’s one thing that’ll kill your style, it’s setting it to standby. As seasons change, you’ll benefit from staying ahead of the sartorial curve, making sure you’ve got all bases covered for shorter days and inclement weather.
Need to breathe some life into your cold-weather line-up? Here are seven luxurious staples that’ll instantly upgrade your winter wardrobe, and your look.
Raw Selvedge Denim
Thinner stretch denim styles might have kept your legs breathing for the hot days of summer, but chillier conditions call for denim that’s made of stronger stuff – and a pair of raw selvedge jeans fits the bill.
Unlike pre-washed, pre-distressed denim, raw selvedge is woven on traditional looms, giving you a hardy pair of jeans complete with a crisp, fray-resistant edge that are both durable and ideal for tackling harsh winter elements head on. They’ll also fade and soften according to how you wear them, developing their own unique patina over time. Meaning you’ll never confuse yours with anyone else’s.
Leaders in the field include Nudie Jeans, Edwin, A.P.C., Acne Studios and Levi’s, while Brighton-based denim brand Hawksmill Denim Co is quickly making a name for itself due to its sourcing of the best indigo fabrics from across the US and Japan.
Those on a tighter budget should try the high street: Uniqlo offers selvedge jeans made using fabric sourced from Japan’s esteemed Kaihara Denim Mill; M&S has partnerships with three of the world’s best mills (America’s Cone Denim; Italy’s Candiani Denim mill; and Japan’s Kurabo); while Gap has been producing affordable selvedge jeans since the 1990s. Safe to say, this is one wardrobe upgrade that every man should – and can afford – to make.
All boots are built for winter. But some boots are better built than others. Nowhere is this more patently clear than sole construction.
Unlike the Blake stitching method favoured for more formal footwear silhouettes, a Goodyear-welted design features a thin, usually cork-filled cavity between the outer and inner soles. Which guarantees you protection against winter’s worst – from snow and slush to hours-long Christmas shopping marathons.
Due to Goodyear-welting being a time-consuming process, styles don’t come cheap; expect to pay £200+. The upside is that this method of construction allows your boots to be repaired and resoled repeatedly by any cobbler worth their salt, meaning they should last you a lifetime with the right care.
Despite their function-first nature, you’ll find plenty of Goodyear-welted options serving up style by the bucketful this season. Want something that’s solid but still smart? Invest in a pair of brogue boots from a traditional British shoemaker such as Tricker’s, Grenson or Oliver Sweeney. Looking for something more rugged? Pull on a pair of hiking or work boots from the likes of Red Wing, Fracap or Yuketen.