Autumn / Winter Essential Tips From The Best In The Game

Our last seasonal essentials post began like this – “It’s with a degree of reluctance that we’re hanging up our overcoats and tucking away our knit jumpers“. Well good news people – layering season is on it’s way back!

The linen trousers, t-shirts and bare ankles of Spring / Summer were great while it lasted but there is a growing sense of excitement about the arrival of colder weather and all that it brings – the outwear, the scarves and the chance to experiment with new combinations of items and fabrics.

You may remember that back in April we enlisted the help of 8 (of the best) male lifestyle and menswear bloggers for a little help in selecting our essential items for Spring / Summer. Well we’ve got the original cast back together to give us a little insight into this season’s must haves.

Below are the pieces we all need to consider picking up in time for the upcoming season …

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Matthew Pike | Buckets & Spades

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Matthew’s Essential Outwear

“I’ve been wanting to replace my long winter coat since last year. I’ve been wearing the same ASOS grey wool, single breasted number for around 4 years now, which has served me perfectly, but it’s looking a little tired around the edges and the hem is about to fall apart. I’d hate for this to fall into a “fast-fashion” thing, but I reckon 4 years from a affordable brand like ASOS is good going.

So my upgrade would be this navy boiled number bye Jigsaw. It’s not quite in my possession as yet, but i know as soon as I get it I won’t want to take it off.”

You can find Mat here.

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Jordan Bunker |

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Jordan’s A/W Style Insight

“Something that turned into an essential for me last year was a mock neck base layer. It provides warmth which is the main thing, but also a slight point of difference in my daily autumn/winter outfit. Layers can sometimes get lost in one another so my mock neck peeking out of the top of my uniform sets things off on a stylish note (in my opinion*). Natural Selection are currently selling some great mock neck pieces. Goodbye thinsulate!”

*in ours too Jordan!

You can find Jordan here.

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Oliver Hooson | Olvh

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Oliver’s Essential Shoe

The Birkenstocks and Nike Mayfly’s are great for summer but as the colder (and probably wetter) weather sets in we’re all looking for a more season appropriate pair of shoes. ASOS Insider Oliver is our go-to guy for footwear and he’s come up trumps again, choosing the Tricker’s Commando Sole Ikley Derby Brogue.

I’ve gone for these beasts. No need to explain why these beauties will be an essential for cold ground.”

You can find Oliver here.

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John Robertson | The Everyday Man

John’s Essential Tip

I think it’s more important than ever to take care of your skin during winter time.  The harsh weather and cold can really give it a battering.  I started using the Gentlemen’s Tonic Advanced Derma-Care Power Packed Nourishing Moisturiser a few months ago and I’ve noticed a mark difference with my skin.  I try a lot of skincare and this product really impressed me.  I’ll definitely keep using it daily throughout winter.”

You can find John here.

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Mike Lyons |

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Mike’s Essential Piece

While Mat opted for the classic long overcoat, Mike has gone for a shorter but equally as classic camel coat in a wool/cashmere mix. Perfect for those cold mornings on the way to the office, or long days tripping around the city.

“I’m a sucker for a classic, this piece from Selected Homme is not only perfect for chilly mornings but fits like a dream.”
You can find Mike here.

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Sam Squire |

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Sam’s Essential Skincare

My autumn essential is the Kiehl’s age defender eye repair cream. The dark mornings are definitely here to stay for a while, and waking up for the day isn’t the easiest thing this time of the year. In the autumn I find adding an eye cream into my daily skincare routine helps to make me look just a bit more awake before leaving the house and gracing the world with my super sleepy face. You definitely need this little black pot in your wash bag right now, it’s great for reducing dark circles and lines for that autumnal boost your skin needs!

You can find Sam here.

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Nik Speller | Socialyse

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Nik’s ‘Dram of Choice’

It’s a bit of a luxury choice, but for the winter months, I like a whisky that’s a little sweeter – perhaps to cheer me up if the weather’s been bad for a while. The Balvenie 14 year old Caribbean Cask is the winner here. Finished in rum casks, it captures a delicious sugariness. I had a bottle last winter and it was all gone far too quickly.

You can find Nik here.

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Ryan Mules |

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Ryan’s Chunky Knit Pick

“What’s Autumn without chunky knitwear? This crewneck knit combines chunkiness, autumnal grey hues and quality as you’d expect from Carhartt.”

The signature Carhartt aesthetic of blending workwear, functionality and durability continues to shine with this wool and polyamide blend crewneck knit. Perfect for when the weather begins to cool.

You can find Ryan here.

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MANimalist Selections

1. 1940’s Heavy Oxford Shirt 2. ASKET Cashmere Jumper 3. COS Slim Wool Trousers  4. Acne Studios Scarf 5. Common Projects Achilles Low B/W  6. NN07 Aaron Wool Coat

Have you got an Autumn / Winter Essential you’d like to share with us? Drop us a comment or hit us on Twitter.

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