THE ONLY FALL/WINTER LAYERING CLOTHES YOU NEED Stay Warm - Look Cool
We just saved you a trip to the mall and hours in the changing room. You’re welcome.
We understand, you’re too tough for the cold. But play your hand smarter this fall/winter and holiday season and pack your wardrobe with the right layering pieces that will keep you toasty amid the blizzards and snow. Suffer another season pretending your warm in a t-shirt and sweater, but eventually you’ll need a better layering plan.
No, you don’t have to shop until you drop, spend hours in the dreaded store changing room modeling for strangers, and jam-pack your rack with endless thermals and puffy jackets. Smart winter laying is about having only a couple of the right pieces that have been engineered to do their part in the layering schemata. From head to toes, here are the winter layering pieces worthy of your money and closet space. Order online and skip the mall altogether. You’re welcome. Then layer up and venture into the frozen tundra.
Carhartt Acrylic Watch Hat
Carhartt’s rugged reputation and classic look will never go out of style and will always be the warmest beanie in your winter stash. Reviewed by more than 129 customers, this hat rocks a five-star rating due to its 100% acrylic, stretchable rib-knit fabric. Plus, this beast is Made in the USA.
Buff Headwear Merino Wool Buff
Men don’t wear scarves, they wear Buffs. Slip this neck warmer over your head for a must-have winter laying piece to keep your Adam’s apple from freezing off. Buff offers different fabric collections, but our favorite for the cool weather is Merino Wool Buff, made with 100% Merino in an extra-long cut that drapes nicely but does the damn job (Pull the Buff over your mouth and nose if a storm is passing through). This wool doesn’t itch and is aesthetically designed to crossover from yard work to a luxe dinner downtown.
Smartwool Men's Merino 250 Base Layer Pattern 1/4 Zip
There’s no true winter layering without Smartwool. And there’s no true warmth without a next-to-skin baselayer…so quit settling for a long-sleeve shirt and sweater. This Merino 250 Base Layer wicks moisture from your core and regulates your temperature to a bizarre perfection; you don’t overheat or undercook. The slim fit makes it easy to layer with other outerpieces, and notice the flatlock seam construction that eliminates chafe. Double down on your Smartwool layering by grabbing a pair of Men's Premium Delineate Crew Socks.
United By Blue Men's Bowne Stretch Plaid
A plaid to end all plaids, United By Blue’s Bowne Stretch is just being released for pre-order now, and promises to mimic the feel of the most durable yet worn-in button-down you’ve ever owned. No, this isn’t for frigid days but the perfect winter holiday traveling shirt or Thanksgiving attire, because by adding stretch woven fabric, this plaid becomes easy to move in and hard to wrinkle. The fit is classic and there’s a bonus for buying: United By Blue removes one pound of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways for each garment sold. We suggest layering this piece over a next-to-skin if the mercury is dropping. Then, depending on the occasion and temp, just toss a jacket on and you’re done.
Lululemon Men’s Shell Stopper Bomber
It’s getting cold, and odds are you’ll have to dress up either for the holidays or New Year. Heck, you might even want to look good going into the office, and your old marshmallow puffy doesn’t exactly read sophistication. Lululemon men’s, however, recently designed a Shell Stopper Bomber jacket that is sleek, cool, and both wind-and-water resistant and insulated with Polartec Alpha (some of the warmest insulation on the planet). This insulation is strategically zoned in the places you’ll need it most, so the end result isn’t all-over puff. And the best part about this Bomber is that with Lululemon you know you’re getting the highest-quality garment that you’ll use winter-over-winter (over winter).
The North Face Men’s Ventrix Hoodie
Lifetime guarantee. Free returns. An advanced online “Fit Finder” that suggests the perfect size for your frame. Water repellant DWR finish. Advanced TNF Ventrix venting insulation. Lightweight. Slim fit. Warm as %^$#. It’s quite literally hard to put into words how stellar the new North Face Men’s Ventrix jacket is. All we can say is it earned a 2017 Backpacker Award, and does the heavy lifting to keep you warm without adding a ton of extra weight. That’s a result of fine design, including perforations in key areas to either expand and dump or retain heat. Wear it on the move, either to the office or on a chilly run.
Saxx Underwear’s Thermoflyte
You’d think more layers equal more warmth but you’d be wrong. In fact, sometimes too much layering can make you colder, as it doesn’t allow your natural body heat to ramp up the way it was designed to. Case in point, this winter we suggest free-birding it and wearing only Saxx Underwear’s Thermoflyte thermals as opposed to boxers or briefs. One, it’ll reinvigorate you with a caveman spirit and two, it’ll simply keep you warmer. Saxx uses three core technologies packaged into a warmer style for these thermals, adding a functional fly and reflective details if you choose to wear them for a morning run in the dark. And like all Saxx’s underwear, these Thermoflyte include the “Ballpark Pouch,” a contact-free, 3D hammock-shaped pouch that keeps everything in place while preventing skin-to-skin friction.
Right Bank Lines Pant
Described by one wearer as, “your old cotton sweat-pants in terms of warmth and softness,” these Mountain Hardwear pants are also reinforced with a rugged exterior made for snowy athletic adventures or even a jaunt to the mailbox in the snow. As opposed to ordinary sweats, the outer fabric of the Right Bank Lines gives the illusion of a clean pant, and we’d even venture to wear ours to work…while enjoying the comfort of the stretch weave. All-in-all, you’ll find a variety of winter uses for this pant, reaping the hidden benefit of staying in your sweats all day.
Eddie Bauer Men’s Flannel-Lined Chinos
Have you ever noticed how cold your legs get in classic jeans or slacks during the winter? If only those pants could be lined with hyper-warm fleece and still look smart. Boom. Eddie Bauer’s Flannel-Lined Chinos do exactly that, with a flannel lining sewn into the seams from hip to bottom. The style sits below the waist and is straight through the hip, thigh, and leg, so you won’t feel like you’re wearing a ski pant.