In some ways, street style has supplanted the importance of the runway. Seeing a designer’s vision on the catwalk is fine, but it can feel inauthentic, or downright unpulloffable, until you actually see someone wearing it out and putting their own spin on things. Clothes are meant to be worn — styles and vintages mixed, ideas and items borrowed, rips and tears accumulated — and the street is where they come alive.
The pea coat made a quick transition from naval necessity to civilian favourite, and its popularity has yet to wane. This season, forgo a scarf and wear a track jacket zipped almost all the way up to lend some protection against the elements.
Wool-cashmere blend coat ($2,085) and silk-wool blend track jacket ($1,110) by Burberry; wool turtleneck ($860) by Gucci; cotton jeans ($775) by Louis Vuitton.
The shirt jacket, or “shacket” for short, maintains the buttons, collar, and breast pocket of an Oxford while adding extra insulation and more pockets for convenience and warmth. It sounds, on first hearing, like a Frankenstein mess of an item. But we promise: after you realize how versatile it is, you’ll want more than one.
Wool-nylon blend jacket ($915) by Coach 1941; cotton shirt ($20) by Joe Fresh; leather backpack ($400) by Michael Kors Mens; cotton jeans ($135) by Levi’s; leather boots ($165) by Timberland.
Can’t get your head around wearing sweatpants in public? Then the jogger is the pant for you. Cut like a trouser but with a cuffed hem, it’s a casual pant that doesn’t feel casual and, more importantly, doesn’t look casual either.
Wool bomber jacket ($2,950) by Ermenegildo Zegna; cashmere sweater ($395) by Michael Kors Mens; cotton T-shirt ($45) by Levi’s; wool pants ($980) by Dior Homme; leather and suede sneakers ($160) by Lacoste.
All Tied Up
Sneakers may be the streetwear go-to, but when rain and snow start to fall, it’s time for something sturdier. Leather lace-up boots are less precious than Chelsea boots and less brawny than military or work boots, especially when they’re devoid of grommets or hooks, revealing their sleek exterior.