Why is it easier to shop for new threads in the winter? Simple: bundling up in layers and jackets is something you need to do to survive the frigid temps. In December, shopping for the right gear is a matter of utility and comfort, if not outright survival. Dressing in the winter is the one time in which fashion takes a back seat. At the same time, you — as well as your loved ones — don’t want to dress as if you put together your ensemble during the whiteout conditions of a blizzard. Style and function can be addressed in equal measure, and that’s where our holiday apparel and outerwear gift guide comes in. Check it out below.
Wings + Horns Alpha Combat Parka
Inspired by the classic design of the Canadian military cold weather parka, this garment is utilitarian but updated for modern wear, making for a terrific everyday outerwear piece. It’s made in Canada with a cotton/nylon blend, with a number of hidden details belying its versatile, minimalist aesthetic. They include a center-front storm flap, Riri zip closure with herringbone tape and combat stretch nylon lining. Get it now from Wings + Horn’s online store.
The North Face for J.Crew Mountain Jacket
J.Crew revives its classic 1985 Mountain Jacket exclusively for J.Crew, featuring a design that hews close to the original. HyVent, The North Face’s breathable and waterproof technical fabric, combines with a durable woven outer layer to repel the elements, while some of the jacket’s original alpine details have remained intact, including reinforced shoulders, longer zipper pulls and a spacious hood. Available in a duo of two-tone styles, the jacket is available from J.Crew.
Pendleton Signature Fremont Coat
A hybrid sport coat and proper outerwear piece, Pendleton’s Fremont jacket is constructed with a subtle herringbone wool plaid shell, featuring flap pockets with convenient side entry, Rinnova-lined sleeves and leather trim under the collar. A removable Thermore Rinnova insulated quilted vestie delivers warmth and versatility. Purchase the coat from Pendleton’s online store.
NikeLab ACG Tech Fleece Crew
An overlooked gem from the revived ACG line from NikeLab, this simple crewneck is all about the Tech Fleece build, which delivers warmth without the added weight. Ribbed trim provides a snug fit, while body-mapping seams are good for a wide range of movement. Finally, the minimalist construction is topped off with a large vertical pocket with phone pocket and media port. Get yours in a choice of three colors directly from Nike.
Triple F.A.T. Goose Hesselberg
If you’re looking for a durable parka that’s warm enough to take on Arctic conditions but isn’t cut to accommodate a second person, the Hesselberg is your first choice. It’s packed with genuine goose fill — the lightest and warmest insulation known to man — and finished in a water resistant coating on the 10,000 mm performance fabric. A soft fleece trim and genuine coyote fur around the hood offer additional protection from the chill. Purchase the Hesselberg parka here.
Reigning Champ Varsity Jacket
The Canadian fleece specialist’s take on the classic letterman jacket, the garment has a 90% wool/10% nylon body with contrast colored leather sleeves. The traditional aesthetic is reinforced with metal snap closure and front welt pockets, as well as ribbed collar, cuffs and waist. The jacket is finished with unique set-in/raglan sleeves. Purchase the varsity jacket from Reigning Champ’s online store.
KITH Ashland Field Jacket
Released as part of the KITH Ops collection, the straightforward military-inspired parka is constructed from durable cotton ripstop. The loose-fitting silhouette is good for layering and packs a detachable snap hood, concealed two-way zipper and a metal snap placket. Two chest pockets and a pair of waist packets round out the details. It’s available in a choice of three colors through KITH’s online store.
Levi’s Down Trucker Jacket
Levi’s takes its iconic trucker jacket and upgrades the garment for winter wear with down insulation. Aside from the added warmth, the jacket sticks to the classic design formula, featuring welt side pockets, button front closure and buttoned chest pockets. The contrast orange stitching and signature Levi’s red tab completes the signature look. Get the jacket directly from Levi’s.
Spiewak MA-1 Bomber
The MA-1 Bomber gets updated with a detachable eco fur collar and outer shell in cotton/nylon aviation cloth. A warm quilted inner layer with Thermore padding is detachable and can be worn separately, with additional details taking the form of a zip pocket on the upper left sleeve and eco leather trim on the hand-warmer pockets. Finished in a dark navy hue, this contemporary take on the military-inspired garment is available through Spiewak’s online store.
Stone Island Poly Cover Composite Jacket
Stone Island can be counted on for unique fabrications that are capable of turning heads, and the brand’s Poly Cover Composite Jacket is no exception. A unique garment dyeing process maintains the transparency of the fabrication while adding a tinge of color, while a poly fur lining on the detachable hood offers lightweight warmth. Heat-sealed hems and an adjustable drawstring hem round out the details. Purchase the jacket directly from Stone Island.