4 Ways to Do Winter Necessities Right
Winter is definitely the hardest time of year to weather. Fall was exciting and fun while layering season was in full swing. But as the cold sets in and the heater starts to develop a mind of its own all of a sudden you have to dress for at least three different occasions in one day—outside, inside, and after hours. What's worse, you never got that coat that you seriously needed and had been looking for on Black Friday. Now it's cold, which makes your decision making skill go from shit to... *cricket sound*. No matter how real the struggle may be, here are 4 ways to survive winter right with this season's most necessary necessities: outerwear and bottoms.
By Wow Khoman
with style selections from Spencer Ahn
The Long Coat
A classic long wool coat is a life-long must. There's nothing better than a beautifully tailored coat in the winter. It's all about the crisp, not too heavily padded shoulders. Historically, coats are one of the most engineered garments shaped by two main purposes: to suit the activities of everyday life (back in the day that meant horseriding) and to demonstrate power and elegance.
Black is always great, but pair it with pants in a lighter colour so the outfit is not so monotonous. Already have a lot of black coats in your closet? Camel is a classic alternative that works with almost anything. Uniqlo offers a rich, darker shade verging on chestnut brown, which pairs well with bright accents. Besides, the light camel coat was a little too overdone in 2016.
the work jacket
Winter weather calls for utility; the work jacket is all about that. With the various pockets—inside, outside, and in all different shapes and sizes—there's a place for each and every one of your valuables and winter accessories. But it's the details inside that really work to keep the cold out.
Carhartt's Sandstone Traditional Coat is perfect, especially for traveling. With all the storage, it's like wearing a carryon luggage. Best of all, you really don't have to be delicate with it. There's no need to worry about wrinkles or ruining the shape. Go for pants with a nice sharp fit to keep the look sleek. Interesting details and textures really liven up the look.
Winter's loose fits and the abundance of fabric can weigh you down. The bomber is great piece for those on the go. Keeping warm can be stuffy, especially if you're running in and out a lot. The ribbing at the neck, sleeve, and hem means that you don't have to hermetically seal yourself in by layering and stuffing everything into each other.
Alpha Industries' bomber jacket comes in a great array of colours that feel casually luxurious. Forget the traditional menswear navy and black—you can get that literally anywhere else. Opt for plain bottoms without any distress or fading. The bomber is the statement so let it stand out.
The snow jacket
No one knows winterwear like ski/snowboard brands. In the recent years, Burton has really upped their game. They're kind of like the more function-focused predecessor to Acronym. But it's only when you wear the garments that you fully experience just how much thought went into every single inch. The company's founder rides every chance he gets and is always performing surgical level UX/UI on their products (there's even a weed pocket, presumably).
This rain jacket may seem a little flimsy for the winter, but as every skier/snowboarder knows, it's all about having a light, but seriously weatherproof outer shell under which you layer, layer, layer. And the badge of Gore-Tex is a 100% guarantee that no moisture will seep through, ever. The streamlined design goes perfectly with slouchy bottoms. Wearing sweatpants should never say "I give up today."
Get on it before winter gets on you