Once the mercury starts dropping, reevaluating one’s outerwear choices becomes essential. What to wear to combat the plummeting temperatures and increased wind bursts is as much about fighting the elements as it is about being comfortable while asserting one’s personal style. With men, the equation is a little less complicating and even the smallest fur touches in men’s outerwear changes their fashion game.
With partial and full fur looks, men have always had, and will always have, and affinity for shearling. Shearling is not only a great transitional cold weather medium, it is also a sophisticated menswear staple that can translate as rugged or business-savvy, depending on its finish, hue, and, fur treatment.
From collars to linings to reversible pieces, menswear loves shearling. And, let’s not forget that shearling is first and foremost a woolly leather that doesn’t break the bank and universally worn by every demographic; male and female, young and old alike.
More practical down jackets adorned with sumptuous collars and hoods in fox, coyote, Finn raccoon, or wolf, are where we are seeing men splurge and get a little more risque with fancier furs touches.
Some of the more popular silhouettes in the men’s outerwear category range from the short length “parajumper”, to the full “arctic explorer” versions; all appealing to the avid adventurer type. Styling withing the men’s fashion category tends to mimic their more conservative purchasing habits and fashion lifestyle. Men will keep a favored fashion items for years and care for them adequately to extend their shelf life. This is in stark contrast to female shoppers who tend to recycle wardrobe pieces with each new fashion cycle.
After going through multiple winter cycles and super-storms any down coat, with fur trim, requires “maintenance”; including cleaning or replacing its adorning fur through a reputable furrier. The right fur embellishments and trims, depending on personal taste and swag, takes any average coat to a whole new level of comfort and cachet, allowing the owner to play with fur textures, colors and volume. In our books, men’s outerwear has never been more flexible or exciting.