Winter wardrobe essentials: Statement outerwear every man must own

Here are five trendproof ideas around which you can build your wardrobe for winter, each of them serving a different practical and style purpose. Time to keep some classics, ditch the old, and invest in some new statement pieces

Spot the sporty


If there is one style rule 2018 established, it has to be that sportswear need not always belong to where you're playing. Neither is it just casual dressing any longer. Sportswear is wearable, comfortable and adaptable, making it relatively easy to pull off. Start with a vintage track jacket or lightweight zip-up bomber in sporty fabrics such as a cotton-poly blend or nylon. Keep it fairly fitted to look sharper.

Jacket, Tommy Hilfiger, Rs 9,000; Polo, Paul & Shark ( The Collective), Rs 19,999; Beanie, Superdry, Rs 2,500; Sunglasses, Prada Linea Rossa, Price on request

Trench time


Trench coats have stood the test of time and ever-changing fashion. They're formal enough for the boardroom and can smarten up even the scruffiest look. The trench is a must have: It's a true wardrobe hero and all-round people pleaser. Look for a lightweight, water-repellent material. Remember, the length must finish at mid-thigh.

Trench coat, Trousers, H&M, Rs 8,000; Rs 3,000; Cardigan, Polo Ralph Lauren, Rs 16,290; Jumper, Corneliani, Rs 25,000

Puffer right


Look for a wool-blend, polyester or nylon down-filled jacket (preferably duck or goose), as they are lightweight and warm. It has the virtue of being lightweight yet highly insulating, making it suitable for a variety of outdoor activities or even the morning commute. Go for classics like black, khaki or brown so that you can wear one with everything. You can test the puffer’s sartorial potential by wearing it over a suit.

Bomber jacket, sweater, Tommy Hilfiger, Rs 10,000, Rs 4,599

Check mate


While everyone else wraps up in the same basic windstopper, checks let you add texture, pattern and colour without going rogue on your office dress code. Go large with the checks to keep things in proportion. Dress them up with mid-wash blue jeans and a plain tee or some chunky knitwear, but swap the work boots for sneakers. You don’t want to look like a fancy dress lumberjack.

Check jacket, Levi's x Justin Timberlake, Rs 8,000; Highneck, Massimo Dutti, Rs 4,590

Leather weather


The bad boy of the outerwear world and one of the most versatile outerwear silhouettes a man can own, the leather jacket has been the go to for every man. This one’s easy to wear and flatters the body, especially if you want to give your body a more balanced silhouette. The leather jacket has a youthful and edgy style, so is best worn with slim jeans. But it can, in the right office, be thrown over an Oxford shirt and knitted tie. It can even work as a replacement for a blazer. Opt for simple leather jackets that aren’t overloaded with buckles, zips and other hardware for longevity.

Leather jacket, shirt, H&M, Rs 4,999, Rs 3,999; Scarf, Fred Perry (The Collective), Rs 5,500; Snapback, Puma, Rs 2,000

Shearling style


One of the warmest and most luxurious winter coat fabrics. It is a classic piece of outerwear as well as a supremely functional investment for any winter wardrobe. Two fabrics that offer a rugged workwear look for the winter: denim and corduroy. Pair them with plaid wool shirts and dark jeans for a dress down approach or dress them up with chinos and a crisp formal shirt! Whichever way you choose to style the shearling, just make sure the rest of your outfit is toned down, to let the jacket do the talking.

Denim jacket, ASOS, Rs 14,000; Sweater, H&M, Rs 2,699



The Instagram worthy trend of the season. Pick a label that feels authentic to your style and lifestyle. Logo clashing is doable if you have the knack for styling or have a stylist at your service, otherwise we advice you to stick to one statement logo piece at a time.

Waterproof jacket, Armani Exchange, Rs 22,000; Sunglasses, Oakley, Rs 10,890


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