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 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. The suit of choice sets up the look. I would suggest flannel – cosy, comforting and cuts a dash in navy.


November 2021


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