It’s hard to take winterwear seriously when you live in somewhere as tropical as Singapore, but it’s really time you did away with that old coat and sweater combination that’s been in every winter getaway photo album since a decade ago.
Now that the colder months are upon us, there’s no better time to layer up than now, but it’s more than simply piling on musky sweaters. The art of layering is a tricky one and is one that requires a keen eye for details to get right, and it starts from amassing the right separates. Here, we bring you a guide to all the essentials you’ll need to make your upcoming holiday a more stylish one.
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A coat is, for rather obvious reasons, the most important winter essential your wardrobe could have. As the more sophisticated cousin to the down jacket, a single-breasted coat checks all the style boxes, especially with its ability to lengthen the body, broaden the shoulders, and smarten up any outfit effortlessly.
It’s imperative you choose yours wisely for maximum mileage; there are plenty of neutral-coloured options in the market, but a Prince of Wales check always lends a sartorial boost to an otherwise boring and drab ensemble. This Mr. P version is roomy enough to layer over a roll-neck sweater or hoodie without being too billowy.
The down jacket has evolved from being a humble outerwear to a winter staple that’s risen in ranks amongst the street style set. As one of the few pioneers in this quiet revolution, Moncler has successfully reinvented the utilitarian piece into a luxury for the cold. The Allemand — one of its best-sellers — gets our pick for being versatile. The lightweight flannel is filled with substantial down fill and matched with a removable marmot fur trimmed removable hood.
For dinner dates, important meetings, and everything in between, the Saddle jacket from the latest Dior Essentials line blends its tailoring know-how with the signature saddle motif on the sleeve. Its wool and mohair blend construction is also perfect for keeping the heat in, making it one that’ll see plenty of time during the winter season.
The thought of sweaters in the winter may conjure images of ugly Christmas iterations you were forced to wear as a kid, but there’s a reason why they’ve withstood the test of time to become a cold weather staple. Your best bet in avoiding being the sartorial roadkill that’s usually associated with knits is to go back to basics. New York-based Aimé Leon Dore’s fitted crew-neck sweater is made of heavyweight cashmere, and sewn with raglan sleeves that lend it a bit of street cred so you stay toasty while looking fresh.
Brogues and monk shoes are wardrobe necessities all year round, but a good pair of boots is the only thing you’ll truly want to wear in the winter months. Inspired by traditional hiking styles, Common Projects’ leather boots takes on a suitably more utilitarian twist this season. Hook eyelets secure the laces and leather soles are replaced by more durable rubber lug ones; the sleek leather uppers promise to conform with the shape of your feet over time, giving a sleek, well-worn look that’ll last for years.