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Head-to-Toe Blanket Wool

  • Najib Benouar

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Just when you thought this winter couldn’t get any colder, it gets so cold that you’d seriously consider going outdoors swaddled in a giant wool blanket.

Sadly, that won’t be in style until next winter. But luckily, some of our favorite wool mills—famous for making blankets—also cut that thick wool into shirts and pants and... bucket hats.

So, in the event that you’d like every single item on your person to be made of blanket-grade wool, here’s how you’ll do it, from head to toe...»

The Eight Gloves to Consider This Winter

  • Kempt Staff

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When it comes to building your winter arsenal, it’s worth investing a bit more in the stuff that you’ll be reaching for day in and day out.

A trusty overcoat. Boots. And gloves.

About that last one—you should have the first two covered by now—we’ve rounded up the season’s finest new mitts to keep your hands warm and well-appointed.

Herewith, the eight gloves to consider this winter.»

Save It for a Sunny Day: The Five Best Straw Hats Out There

  • Najib Benouar

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While the Masters and Coachella are drawing two very different crowds, those crowds have got one thing in common: they’ll be spending most of the weekend outdoors, under the unrelenting sun.

And your most reliable form of portable shade is a good straw hat.

The straw hat comes in many forms—from the venerable panama hat to the stubby-brimmed situations you see crowning a lot of heads in LA—but there happens to be some darn good-looking options out there these days, and not just in the typical wheat-chaff color. So we took the liberty of finding you the five best woven hats on the market today. (We presumed you wouldn’t mind.)

Tip your hats right this way, gentlemen.»

The Re-Entry

  • Najib Benouar

Jansport backpack collaboration with Benny Gold and Pendleton

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The Stat Sheet: Pendleton Fringed Scarf

  • Najib Benouar

A well-tasseled scarf can be hard to find. And now that we’re heading into brisker territory, you’re going to want a go-to woolen muffler that goes with just about any jacket you throw on before heading into the cold unknown. A good candidate for the position would be this Pendleton scarf that’s just landed at Stag Austin. Here’s what you need to know about it.

The Story: Oregon’s legendary wool mill, Pendleton, has been turning out rugged coats, blankets and the like for trappers and lumberjacks since 1863 (and since more recently, for heritage enthusiasts with a penchant for Native American patterns). This scarf comes from the Portland Collection, which means it’s even more city-worthy.

Who to Channel: Italian businessmen, WWI fighter pilots, Steven Tyler’s microphone stand.

When to Wear It: From the first morning it feels too cold for only a coat. Mandatory if snow is in the forecast. Never indoors (except on these five occasions).

Think of This As: The franchise player of your fall-to-winter routine.

Degree of Difficulty: Depends on the knot you’re going for. We’ve always been a fan of the Euro-leaning knot (fold it in half, pull the loose ends through the loop, tighten). But this particular scarf looks long enough to allow for a few wraparounds or even leaving it hanging at the nape of your overcoat in a Draper-esque manner.

See an illustration of all three, after the jump.»

Welcoming the Fall/Winter Tie

You may have noticed a certain shift in neckwear over the past few weeks, with shantung and linen ties giving way to herringbone wools and rough flannels. It’s one of our favorite seasonal shifts, and the source of some of the best stuff in our closet. So we thought we’d take a moment to recognize the bucolic charm of the fall/winter tie... and highlight a few of our favorite specimens below.

Eight of our favorite cold-weather ties...»

The Western Overcoat

The word “essential” gets thrown around a lot, but when winter sets in, having a big, warm coat in your closet is exactly that. And since it’s likely to be a wardrobe staple for a few months running, you’ll want one you won’t get tired of anytime soon.

The first entry of the season comes from Pendleton’s newly unveiled Portland Collection. It’s their stab at the perfect Western overcoat, the kind of thing you might see on an Alaskan oil baron. (He might also be wearing a bolo tie.) And since the wool is the same thing that’s been going into their blankets for the last century-plus, it should be plenty warm.

The only downside is, you’ll have to trek out to Austin to pick it up. But you’d never let a road trip stop you.

The Western Motorcycle Peacoat

Monitaly’s best known for Italophile suiting, but it turns out they know their way around a winter coat.

This peacoat puts five hazy stripes across the middle of the classic nautical jacket—along with yoked shoulders and a few moto-style collar snaps. It’s flashy, sure, but the colors aren’t too different from what you’d see on a Pendleton blanket, and it brings the nautical, motorcycle and Western styles together a lot better than you might expect.

Think of it as wearing your three favorite jackets at once.