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Mr Porter's tips for effortless winter style

MRPORTER.COM’s Deputy Style Director Olie Arnold shares his style tips for shifting your winter wardrobe into top gear

by 13 November 2015

There is no escaping the colder weather. Winter is truly upon us. And while it is tempting to simply throw on an old comfy jumper and that winter coat circa 2010, if you want to retain your sartorial edge as the temperature drops, it is worth investing in a few key winter essentials, luxe layers and new season knits.

LUXOS has enlisted the expertise of MRPORTER.COM’s Deputy Style Director Olie Arnold, who shares his top tips on what to buy, wear and wrap up in to survive the winter in style.

An investment coat is an absolute must...
“Look for classic silhouettes and weighty fabrics that are sure to last from season to season. A camel overcoat from Jil Sander or Bottega Veneta is a go-to item.”
1-2 bFrom left: Jil Sander, Bottega Veneta, Ports 1961

Coloured knitwear will inject a much-needed pop in to your winter ensemble...
“Go for rich accents and block colour. Try this orange cable knit sweater from Polo Ralph Lauren or Paul Smith’s plush jade number.”
3-4From top left: Orange sweater: Polo Ralph Lauren, green sweater: Paul Smith, model: Pal Zileri

Invest in patterned and coloured socks...
“The Workers Club and Anonymous Ism offer stylish sock solutions with an array of patterns and chunky styles to suit all tastes. As the evenings get cooler, ‘sans sock’ is no longer an option.”
5-6From top left: models: Vivienne Westwood, socks top: Anonymous ism, bottom socks: The Worker's Club

For a timeless appeal, nothing beats a simple crew neck sweater...
“For a simple crew neck John Smedley are top of their game. A black crew neck sweater with minimal detailing has an authentic sense of timeless style and can be layered with a button down oxford shirt and blazer or simply on it’s own.”
7Model: Ports 1961, sweater: John Smedley

A shawl collar adds a rakish edge...
“For a heavier knit option, a chunky shawl neck cardigan can be worn with a simple t-shirt or button-down oxford shirt. Originally a feature of Victorian smoking jackets, the shawl collar lends a unique blend of rakish style and comfort to any outfit.”

8 cModel: Michael Kors, cardigan: Thom Sweeney

A patterned knit is a contemporary way to keep warm...
“NN.07's 'Tony' sweater is patterned in a frenetic Fair Isle motif that that will add instant energy to winter looks. Crafted from a plush wool-blend, it’s an eye-catching piece that doubles up as a great way to keep warm when temperatures dive.”
9Model: Michael Kors, patterned knit: NN 07

The rollneck is back in business...
“Rollneck sweaters are a multifaceted failsafe in the modern man's knitwear arsenal. They're versatile enough to wear with weekend attire such as denim or a casual trouser, or can be worn with formal suiting for a retro-inspired slant. Most importantly – a rollneck should always be well fitted.”
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Model: Pal Zileri, rollneck: John Smedley

A cashmere scarf is a failsafe winter investment...
“Cashmere is prized for its luxuriously soft texture and exceptional insulation, so a cashmere scarf an apt winter investment. Grey is classic and versatile, whilst fringed trims add subtle detail to the simple, elegant design.”
11Model: Ports 1961, scarf: Beams Plus

Don’t step out without a wool beanie when the cold sets in...
“A beanie hat is perfect for slipping on when the mercury drops. A deep navy hue or black is versatile and timeless; try one in a thick wool rib for a cosy fit.”
12Model: Michael Kors, hat: Acne 

Leather gloves are both practical and stylish...
“A pair of luxurious leather gloves are as practical as they are stylish. Lanvin’s soft, checked wool style have supple leather on the underside - a style that works just as well with a suit as they do with jeans and a blazer.”
13 BModel: Coach, gloves: Lanvin 

The best bad weather boots are...
“If you want to buy boots that work in bad weather, try Red Wing. Stitched and rubber-soled for durability, these are not a designer’s idea of work wear, rather, they are the boots that people who actually work outside wear.”
14Models: Etro, shoes: Red Wing Shoes