In winter, with the return of coats, woollens and big, chunky boots, we really come into our own. Some men, however, take winter fashion to another level — like these four style tribes who really, really love dressing for winter.
Though UK winter temperatures rarely drop below 5ºC, you can be sure that from the start of September till the end of March, Macchiato Man will sport his uniform of wet-look puffer jacket, super-skinny jeans, hefty walking boots and oversized sunglasses day in, day out (though he’ll swap the puffer for a padded gilet beneath his Neapolitan suit on smart days). Highly practical Macchiato Man also has a thing for futuristic-looking luxe trainers from Hogan, Tod’s and Prada; and appears about as ready for an afternoon of heli-skiing as he does for a Saturday stroll on the Kings Road. Conveniently, Macchiato Man’s young wife and children dress exactly the same way he does.
Winter Attire: Moncler puffer jacket, slim black jeans, Hogan or Tod’s trainers, massive black sunglasses.
The habitat: The King’s Road, Mayfair, Milan.
The accessory: A very small dog.
Athleisure Andy’s wardrobe consists exclusively of compression leggings, tiny gym shorts, an array of mesh-knit running shoes in various shades of black and a vast selection of zip up hoodies which are great at “wicking sweat”. His style icon is Jamie Dornan’s serial killer in The Fall, he attends Barry’s Bootcamp at least seven times a week and he can regularly be heard complaining about “Doms”. If forced to wear smarter attire, Athleisure Andy will stick to what he knows and squeeze his pumped-up torso into a suit two sizes too small.
Winter Attire: Nike compression leggings, running trainers, hoodie, backpack.
The habitat: Third Space, Equinox and Whole Foods.
The accessory: His arms and a protein shake.
Winter is Urban Rocker’s time to shine. The perfect opportunity to swish around in the drapey Saint Laurent cape coats and over-voluminous scarves, our man lives in layers — so long as they’re black. Though he thinks himself a muse for the aforementioned Parisian brand really he’s tied to a mortgage on a Dalston fixer-upper he bought “before the area was trendy”. In addition to a love for pointy-toed, black leather Chelsea boots and black jeans so tight they could be mistaken at a glance for leggings, Urban Rocker has a well-paid, complicated sounding job in the creative industries, which he really is excellent at moaning about.
Winter Attire: Oversized coat, tight black jeans, brown Chelsea boots, stupid hat.
The habitat: Any borough northeast of the Thames. Most probably Hackney (Waltham Forest, at a push).
The accessory: A moody frown.
A lifelong Belstaff customer (he owns 46 waxed Roadmaster jackets) and a paid-up member of the South London Motorcycle Club, Action Man wears a Breitling Emergency, takes flying lessons out of Duxford and rides a Triumph into work every day. His favourite film is The Great Escape, but the closest he’s ever come to a prison break is traversing the West Dulwich school run. Hardwearing outerwear aside, Action Man is passionate about APC selvedge jeans, heavy Red Wing boots, and those itchy fishermen’s jumpers you find in army surplus stores (though he gets his from luxury brand Private White VC, made from expensive triple-ply cashmere). Holiday-wise it’s Cornwall in summer, Scotland in winter, and given that he started balding early.
Winter Attire: Belstaff biker jackets, Private White fisherman’s jumpers, APC jeans, Red Wing boots.
The habitat: Dulwich, the inside of a waxed jacket.
The accessory: A Triumph, obvs.
Illustrations by Pete Gamlen