Gifts for Men: Classic but Stylish Winter Wardrobe Staples


By Jay Croft

Gifts for men can often be hard to choose—but not if you keep it simple with stylish men’s wardrobe essentials. This head-to-toe guide to finding gifts for men will give you some ideas for the gentleman in your life:

Say Something With Your Hat and Scarf
Show the younger guys that there’s a step up from baseball caps and toboggans. A classic driver cap works for the office, weekend casual, and dressy occasions.

A handsome ensemble starts with the Wool Driver Cap by Brunello Cucinelli, and an added flash of color with the Woven Skull Scarf by Alexander McQueen (featuring the designer’s signature skull pattern). These men’s wardrobe essentials show that you can stick close to classics and add your own flair.

Invest in a Timeless Coat
To stay warm, dry, and put-together, a man needs a good topcoat. These can be bigger-ticket items, so avoid anything too trendy, since this might need to last a few winters. For future tailoring, it should fit him through the shoulders first, and if you’re concerned about length, err on the side of longer.

Remember, a topcoat is neither a parka nor a cardigan. For the perfect mix of style and function, consider The BrooksStorm Long Town Coat. It’s made of all-weather Italian wool treated to resist moisture and it’s tapered for a classic fit, with a three-button front.

Warm up to Sporty Fun
Winter’s not just for bundling up and hustling from a heated car to a heated building. The men in your life want to look good while having fun, too.

In recent years, the fashion tech and athleisure trends have given way to an endless variety of form-fitting, warm, attractive outerwear that’s not afraid of the elements. The NB Heat Hybrid Jacket is a good example. It’s lightweight, with wick-away technology and hidden zip pockets—and, in red with an athletic fit, it’s nice enough to wear to the bar.

Layer on the Fashion With Plenty of Sweaters
Sometimes, winter fashion can seem too grounded in black, gray, and navy. Classic neutrals also have their place, of course, especially when building a wardrobe—but for variety, you can really splurge with sweaters as gifts for men. From V-necks to cardigans to argyle prints, men can never have too many.

Sweaters are the key to layering, which maximizes comfort and fashion flexibility in the office, on the slopes, or at a holiday party. You can’t go wrong with the Fine Gauge Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater by Land’s End.

Walk on By, In Style
Whether in the city or the mountains, winter calls for proper footwear, and big ugly clunkers just won’t do. Neither will beat-up sneakers—so if he doesn’t know that yet, someone who loves him needs to tell him.

Any male over 18 should own a pair of Chelsea boots (which are great year-round). A smart winter upgrade toughens up that classic look, but shouldn’t cost you any style points. The Kenton Leather Cap-Toe Boot by J. Crew is handsome, functional, and versatile enough for work and for kicking around town.

That should be enough for the wardrobe-challenged man, for starters. Remind him to consider the mix between classic and trendy, and between form and function. If it comes down to it, just follow the gift advice your grandma swore by: every man needs extra socks. Always.

Brooks Brothers is a great place to start shopping for any man's winter wardrobe. Click here to scope out the BrooksStorm® Long Town Coat!


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