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-in-Chief Tom Chamberlin.
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 the temperature has suddenly plummeted – to become 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 EdenLamentably, 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. The suit of choice sets up the look. I would suggest flannel – cosy, comforting and cuts a dash in navy.
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 camel wool greatcoat from Edward Sexton owes plenty to the British military look and will be the comfort blanket that stops you freezing your bollocks off.
The WeekenderImportant, this, because it has no rubric and is open to interpretation, but the key is intelligent layering to keep yourself warm and also adaptable to indoors and out. Trousers should be simple, like a pleated pair from Huntsman, or Edward Sexton's corduroy contemporary trousers, both of which adapt well to a shirt or roll neck.
As it is cold, and you are letting your hair down, go with Anderson & Sheppard's Merino roll neck and the brown Douglas shearling flight jacket from Cromford Leather. If, like me, roll necks have the lollipop head effect on you or you are, alas like me, still shifting the holiday weight, a denim shirt and cardigan or knitted jacket will work just as well. Add an Anderson & Sheppard cashmere scarf and your top half is all set. Depending on your plans, shoes can either be a pair of sneakers like the white calf Oaxen model from Myrqvist or a pair of mink suede Greenwich tassel loafers from Edward Green.