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2015 Winter Essentials

Winter is coming and that means layering and staying warm for the cold weather. The minimal approach is a popular one when layering, because it's far more aesthetically pleasing to mix and match solid pieces of clothing together. You don't want to come off too strong with contrasting colors and patterns while layering. It'll become a tacky outfit.



We'll start with the outermost layer. It's Barbour's Ashby Jacket. It's a 6oz waxed cotton jacket, with a corduroy collar, tartan lining, two-way zip up with a placard that's button enclosed, and hand warmer front pockets. Normally, we'd go a bit thicker with this layer, but the waxed cotton should do a pretty good job of keeping the wind from chilling your bones. Plus, because we are layering, you don't want to be too stiff with heavy garments. Olive is a great color in the winter and you'll be able to match it with plenty of gear.


Underneath the Ashby Jacket is Raised by Wolves' Sherbrooke Double-Zip Hooded Sweatshirt. Again, another neutral tone that complements the olive layer on top. The Sherbrooke is 400 GSM (a heavier weighted fleece), has a 3 piece lined hood, and has ribbed side panels. The option to have a hood is crucial in cold weather and with a heavier fleece like this it should keep your head pretty warm.



Beneath the hoodie, we'll go with a shirt of ours. Part of our new releases, 'Flight of the Monkey' is a simple 1 color black print on a 100% white cotton t-shirt. It's pre-shrunk and is 30 singles, which makes for a soft hand. Continuing with the minimal approach, this should fit in nice with the rest of the fit. Can't go wrong with a white tee and an awesome simple graphic on it.


For our bottom, we have Norse Project's Aros Heavy Chino. It's straight black and 100% cotton. A classic fit that's also heavy weight enough to make sure your legs aren't too cold. Again - a basic piece of garment that doesn't take away from the rest of the outfit.



For our shoes, we'll tie up all the garments together. The Nike Lunar Force 1 Duckboot is comfortable and made for harsh weather. The leather is water repellent and the high top will keep your ankles from feeling the cold. Nike has some very nice sneakerboots that look great and are functional as well. This shoe and style, in specific, will flow great with the rest of the outfit, because of it's colors and different fabrics. The gumshoe sole also helps with a subtle contrast.

Good luck staying warm out there in the winter. I hope you gain some inspiration with these essentials. Happy holidays!



Hauk Vagner