Now that the first real snowfall has settled in and the temperatures are reaching in the negative teens, it’s time to put away the fall pieces and stick to the heavy-duty gear for winter. While fall & winter fabrics are often interchangeable, there’s a few that are considerably warmer in the later months and will keep you from freezing. As you’re building your winter wardrobe, stick to these fabrics to stay warm without sacrificing style points.
A rough, woollen fabric that’s either plain or twill weave, tweed is a classic menswear fabric that’s been keeping men warm for years while looking classy and elegant. Originally used in outwear for its durability and moisture-resistant properties, tweed is now found in a variety of garments from accessories such as baseball caps to more traditional pieces such as blazers & trousers. Incorporate a piece of Tweed in your outfit to add an element of ruggedness while looking dapper.
The baby of natural fibres, lambs wool is the very soft wool from lambs, usually under seven months old, that’s traditionally used for sweaters and knits. While merino may be more versatile for layering, Lambswool has the added protection you’ll want when the snow falls. If you’re not ready to fully commit to a sweater add a beanie or scarf to your closet.
A classic fabric that you probably already own is flannel. Originally used in the 16th century in Wales, flannel is now made from wool, cotton, or synthetic fabrics and has become an American work wear staple. Known as a durable & versatile fabric that comes in a multitude of patterns such as Tartan & gingham print, flannel is an integral part to any man’s winter wardrobe. If you thought flannel was only for lumberjack’s check out these cool alternatives.
What are your favourite fabrics to wear in the winter?