It’s here, and we all know it: Winter’s onset calls for the right gear for blustery, snowy, cold weather — and if you’re not quite as prepared as you had hoped, or if you need one last critical piece of gear to complete your winter style essentials, today’s #OOTD can assuredly help. We’re starting things off with one of the best men’s parkas, then we’re only going forward from there with the best gear to help you fight off winter storms aplenty. If you happen to live in a warm climate, well, consider yourself lucky. If, on the other hand, you happen to live somewhere like me (a la the chilly confines of Brooklyn!), then you’re going to get a lot of mileage out of picks like the Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt and mobile, versatile gear picks like the positively outstanding Proof Rover Pants. The really critical thing here is the fact that impending or ongoing winter weather doesn’t mean style goes by the wayside — far from it, in fact. Add in the right winter parka and rugged leather boots for extra functionality, and then the rest of your style picks will follow from there — this ensemble is about as far from a technical pair of snow pants and an overly bulky parka as you can get, and that’s a very good thing indeed. The point is, when you need to shed the rugged parka shown below, you’re going to look just as great as with the parka on. For exploring on the weekends, traveling upstate or heading to a casual holiday party (don’t forget the craft beer!), these rugged men’s gear picks can do it all — truly. If you’ve got questions on how to dress up when it’s just too darn cold, turn toward this ensemble, and be sure to give me a follow on Twitter.
- The Parka: Faherty Brand Polar Fjord Puffer, $498 — It’s not getting any warmer out there, so if you’re searching for one of the best men’s parkas, the key here lies in investing in the unexpected. Take this rugged puffer parka, done up in a functional-yet-stylish silhouette and a rich olive color — it’s also filled with thick insulation for extra warmth.
- The Shirt: Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt, $135 — For the holiday season and winter weather in equal measure, there’s nothing quite like a rugged flannel shirt, especially if said flannel shirt happens to be the Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt in a covetable Burgundy colorway. As stylish a flannel shirt as can be.
- The Base Layer: Topo Designs Waffle Tee, $79 — If you’re heading out to run errands or simply grab coffee (or refresh your beer selection), you’re going to need to bundle up. This classic waffle tee from Topo Designs features a flattering, easy-to-layer fit that’s so sharp, you can even wear it all on its own, sans Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt.
- The Pants: Proof Rover Pants, $98 — The snow and wind are no joke, so you need stylish pants that can take a beating accordingly — and come out the other side looking great. The Proof Rover Pants, what with their durable fabric and hybrid work pant design, are those pants.
- The Boots: Wolverine Journeyman Boots, $170 — When the going gets tough, you need to reach for equally tough, do-it-all boots — like this pair from Wolverine. Even better? Five percent of proceeds from sales through the end of the year go toward the American College of Building Arts — and these are true working boots, with triple-stitching at the seams for extra durability.
- The Rugged Watch: Luminox ICE-SAR 1000, $445 — The challenging winter weather calls for one of the best casual watches assuredly, one that can stand up to beastly conditions — Luminox comes through in the clutch.
- The Hat: Upstate Stock American Mohair Beanie, $32 — For extreme warmth and a dash of style, nothing but the best men’s beanie cap will do — my friends at Upstate Stock make this version in New York State, to boot.
- The Grooming Essential: Taconic Shave Solid Cologne, $15.99 — Wild winter weather is no excuse to let your grooming game slide — this handy, easy-to-use solid cologne from Taconic Shave offers a fitting winter scent.
Winter weather calls for taking care of the essential details (such as scoping out the best men’s beanie cap) just as much as it calls for ensuring the larger must-haves are also accounted for accordingly (take, for instance, one of the best men’s parkas). And in the case of this #OOTD, every little thing is as it should be, blending style and functionality for snowy, blustery days and nights. The remarkable Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt takes care of both off-duty winter style and warm layering, and it’s a stylish-yet-rugged complement to a waffle tee from Topo Designs for when it’s exceptionally cold outside. And for matters of fashion and function in and out of the snow, you might not find a better pair of pants than the Proof Rover Pants — made to look as great as they perform. Lacing up rugged leather boots from Wolverine never fails, especially tough, triple-stitched work boots for classic style and dependability. On the grooming front, sharp solid cologne allows you to step up your grooming game in spite of the winter weather (hey, you might cozy up under the mistletoe with someone, am I right?). Even the watch shown here is about as good as it gets — this Luminox timepiece is ready for rough-and-tumble weather, yet also acts as one of the best casual watches when it comes to its design. Yes indeed, the details (big and small) are considered here. The next time snow starts to roll in, you know exactly what to wear — guaranteed.