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WINTER WARDROBE WISDOM
Ahh! That time of year again, the leaves turn to tan as yours starts to fade. But this isn’t a time to be locked away, it is the season of family and fine eating; a time for long walks, log fires and layering.
With winter’s icy chill just around the corner it is time for me to impart some winter wardrobe wisdom before the frost sets in.
Opt for something that is light enough to cover layers but thick enough to keep you sufficiently defrosted
Tip No. 1: Acquire a Well-cut, Traditional Coat
A sturdy, well-cut, traditional overcoat should be a staple of every gentleman’s wardrobe. Unless you’re Sir Ranulph or plan on breaking bones in the Alps, there’s really no need to go big and bulky with your winter jacket. Opt for something that is light enough to cover layers but thick enough to keep you sufficiently defrosted. The Covert Coat was designed for hunting, the tightly woven wool is made to tough out the grizzliest of winter strolls, and finish off the look with leather gloves.
Tip No. 2: Prepare for Anything
You’ll need a coat that will allow you to confidently pop into town sans brolly. A showerproof, cotton raincoat will repel that merde il pleat feeling without giving you a Bibendum silhouette. Team up with one of our silk scarves for the traditional elegant effect.
Tip No. 3: Quilty Pleasures...
A permanent fixture on the Great British racecourse since horses were invented. This durable piece of British culture is quilted for insulation and fleece-lined for additional winter warmth. Handy popper fastening makes things easy when you’re mucking out the Land Rover.
Tip No. 4: Treat Your Feet
Regardless of whether circumstances prescribe a smart or a casual outfit, simplicity is key to effortless style where boots are concerned. Rubber soles will withstand the wet and will keep your socks dry. These gentleman’s Chukka Boots from Loake fit the bill perfectly. If they weren’t behind a computer screen – you could smell the quality.
Tip No. 5: Colour Yourself Warm
Don’t bring the weather with you, add a little colour to proceedings. Our Italian Merino wool collection offers a myriad of cheery colours with your preferred neckline, perfect for layering. And with the timeless and versatile slipover you can become master of your own temperature without carrying the stifling burden of sleeves!
Tip No. 6: Final flourish
In my time I’ve lost enough scarves to put on a retrospective exhibition at the V & A, but at least it provides an opportunity to update my wardrobe. I love scarves; there is no better feeling than wrapping oneself in a deluxe scarf and letting it divert even the iciest of chills. Whether timeless tartan lambswool or smooth silk and wool, indulge your neck and fend off the shivers with these fabulous designs.