How to Survive the Bitter Cold in Style

Suit up and boot up with some of this season’s most covetable cover-ups, says The Rake’s Editor.

Cromford Leathers' Keitel jacket with a shearling trim and suede body. Photo by James Munro.

My grandfather was a lumberjack, before the war. There are pictures of him on the Canadian prairies, on horseback, searching for some enormous tree to fell. Apart from his plaid shirt and jeans, there wasn’t a whole lot separating him from the elements – he was a tough old bugger, and lamentably he passed none of that hardiness to yours truly.

It may not have passed your notice that it’s bloody cold at the moment – finger numbingly, ball-shrinkingly cold. In grim times such as these, the battening down of hatches and hygge-ing of your house into a cosy paradise could justifiably be deemed as the best course of action. But the show must go on and I must remember that if I could survive boarding school cold showers and early morning runs to the ‘Lone Pine’ on the playing fields and back, with all the options at my disposal, I can survive this.

Wrapping up needs different approaches though, so rather than the single-look approach, scenes have been set and appropriate looks allocated accordingly. Here goes:

The Eden

Lamentably, there are not many men who would identify with this stylistically; I will fly the flag but understand that its translation into the modern era is ambiguous. The Eden look is for men who are professional, who admire military bearing and are geared towards the archetypal British gent look associated with former Prime Minister Anthony Eden. Start with the hat; I love hats but they tend not to suit me. That said, if there is anywhere that would make it work, it is Lock & Co. Hatters. A legendary shop with its rickety Dickensian décor, this is a proper gentleman’s hatter. My preference is for a homburg but, understandably, the classic fedora will be to most people’s taste, and if you are looking to revive the City dress of the mid-20th century, then a bowler would add an edge of brio and originality. The suit of choice sets up the rest of the look. I would suggest flannel – cosy, comforting and cuts a dash in grey. As I have always said, shoes make or break a look, and grey, black or dark brown work equally well, so long as you keep them polished. To cap it all off, your overcoat should give both protection and aesthetic potency, swinging as you walk around your calves as you stroll between meetings. This Falke trench coat owes plenty to the British military look and will be the comfort blanket that stops you freezing your bollocks off.


February 2018


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