Doggy Style: 10 Winter Staples Every Bloke Should Own

Want to look sharp this winter? Getting a few key staples – and learning how to layer – will see you go from Derelicté* to down-right dapper. Here are the top 10 pieces every self-respecting man should wear if he wants to get laid before spring.

Beanie
There’s a reason beanies are a top choice winter after winter – and it’s not just because they trap heat from escaping through your head! Whether you opt for a slouchy or fitted style, a beanie is a great winter accessory to complete your look. Plus, you can get away with not washing or styling your hair for an extra day or two. Win-win.

Boots
Boots are the ultimate winter staple – and there’s a lot to love about this rugged footwear choice. Boots are warm, stylish and comfortable, provide more protection from the elements than your well-worn sneakers, and can be dressed up or down according to the occasion. Get one pair in basic black, and another in stylish brown, and you’ll be set. Nah, bro. Gummies don’t count.

Cable Knit Crew
Cable knits are a more traditional style staple, but unlike other winter woollies your Grandad might have worn, they’re effortless, unfussy and retain some manly charm. Throw one on with a pair of jeans and boots, or layer it under that leather jacket or grown-up coat. Boom. Done.

Dark Jeans
You just can’t go wrong with the basics, and a good pair of jeans is a must-have for every stylish lad this winter. Sticking with heavier fabrics and deeper colours is a great rule of thumb over the colder months, so darker denim rinses will feel most appropriate for the season.

Flannel
Embrace your inner woodsman with one of the manliest of winter style options. Worn by lumberjacks since ages ago, flannel exudes a cool and confident big-dick-energy like no other fabric, ever. Layer a flannel shirt over a tee for a laidback look, or wear a flannel jacket over an oversized jumper. Flannel is still the epitome of the grunge rock movement, so wear it with a band tee and a beanie for a nostalgic nod to the 90s.

Grown-Up Coat
It’s time to ditch your puffer jacket and make the ladies swoon with a more sophisticated coat. Wool overcoats, duffles and pea coats are right on trend this season, but their classic status ensures you’ll get wear out of them for years to come. Stick to stick to bold neutrals like navy, charcoal, and camel and you’ll idiot-proof your wardrobe.

Hoodie
The humble hoodie has become synonymous with Kiwi style, and for good reason. Versatile and relaxed, hoodies are a go-to for most blokes – and wearing them well is all about quality, pairing and layering. Invest in a quality hoodie and wear it with fitted jeans or chinos, or layered under a leather jacket or duffle coat. Avoid wearing with tracks. At least in public.

Joggers
You might know them better as trakkies or trackpants – but your humble tracks have had a rebrand. Yip, the joggers you’ve been seeing everywhere are really just trackpants. And if you think these winter faves are just for lazy nights on the couch you’re dead wrong. Joggers are IN, which means they’re perfectly acceptable to wear to the pub. You’ll need confidence to pull them off, so pair them with a fitted sweater and you’ll be in business.

Leather Jacket
A leather jacket is one of the most versatile and timeless pieces every bloke should have in his wardrobe. It goes with pretty much everything, can be dressed up or down, and is a simple way to add a little edge to your look. Keep it casual with a plain tee, or rug up by layering it over a hoodie or sweater.

Oversized Jumper
Nothing says relaxed and on-trend like an oversized jumper – and whether it hits your hips or your knees, it will offer warmth, comfort and style for any occasion. A chunky knit looks great paired with a classic shirt and jeans, or keep it casual with a large pastel-coloured (yes, really!) pullover and tight-fit chinos.

*Derelicté: a fashion ‘style’ celebrated in Zoolander, drawing inspiration from vagrants and crack whores.

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