The 8 Basic Winter Sweater Styles for Men

Ralph Lauren trench coat

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In order to survive the winter, at least for those people with subzero temperatures at the height of the season, you need to be well-equipped. But before you unknowingly pile on layers, you might want to know the different types of outerwear pieces that are suitable for winter. We’ve picked eight styles of outerwear you should know, each designed with functionality in mind. Weigh the pros and cons of each before you pull the trigger on an expensive jacket.

Just trust us. upon you really Sorry to get the error, especially if it didn’t make you warm enough.

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Made by the Caribou Inuit to withstand arctic climates, the jacket is a covered garment that was originally made using caribou or seal leather. Today, parkas are often seen with some kind of insulated padding, abandoning traditional animal skins for various types of woven fabrics. Anoraks, although they are also covered, are slightly different and can be distinguished by the style of the jacket. However, sometimes the term is used interchangeably.

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bomber jacket (or flight)

The bomber jackets were originally produced during World War I for military pilots to withstand freezing temperatures at altitude, a real concern especially given the open cockpit of the day. Oftentimes, it will be made of leather and/or shearling and feature high collars and comfortable cuffs and bangles. Today its iterations include the flight jacket (its original name) and the varsity jacket, among others.

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Coat

The coats category of outerwear has many subgroups, but in general the style is longer, extends beyond the knees, is made of a heavy fabric such as milton and is worn as an outer layer, often over a lighter jacket. On the other hand, topcoats are made of lighter fabrics and do not extend beyond the knees.

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tarpaulin jacket

Tarpaulin jackets are water-resistant, making them great for unpleasant conditions (like snow, sleet, or sludge, aka what you call what just fell from the sky). Flagship Flint and Tinder style quilted flannel options provide warmth you’d otherwise find in sweaters or insulated jackets.

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trench coat

The trench coat was first invented during World War I, and replaced the heavy jackets worn by soldiers. Burberry and Aquascutum both claim to invent the coat and are still some of my favorite style brands. Early trench coats were made of khaki-colored fabric in either gabardine, twill, or poplin, and featured below-the-knee length, a double 10-button breast, raglan sleeves, epaulettes, a storm flap, buttoned pockets and a belt at the waist.

Today, the trench coat can be seen abbreviated and commissioned in various iterations. Perhaps the most distinguishing factors of style are the fabric and the length.

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puffer jacket

Eddie Bauer designed the first inflatable device, the Skyliner, in 1936 after it nearly froze to death on a fishing trip. Like sleeping bags, his quilted jackets insulate the wearer, trapping in the heat, and keeping them warm (and in Eddie’s case alive). A few decades later, the style made its way into the fashion world, thanks to womenswear designer Norma Camali (with a sleeping bag coat) and luxury brand Moncler (with colorful alpine coats).

Nowadays, fashion is everywhere: hidden in collaborative sets between Drake and Nike, worn like uniforms by British rappers, and trusted by every college-age adult in America who lives on a college campus where even the cold can’t stop the party.

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down jacket

Jackets come in all shapes and sizes and can even be seen in some of the other styles on this list. The feathers were originally made using goose down feathers but are often seen today in synthetic materials such as polyester. Jackets are often made in some sort of quilted or directed stitching to keep the padding spread evenly throughout the coat where it would be prone to bunching without it.

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peacock coat

The peacock coat has its origins in the Dutch language – it is possible that its name comes from the term trouser– He became famous sailors from Holland, Great Britain and the United States. Made of a dense and heavy woolen fabric, the short jacket style features a wide lapel with eight or ten front buttons and hand pockets. It was cut with a flared bottom to increase the range of motion, vital to carrying out commands on the deck. The wide lapel provided much-needed weather protection when standing, and of course the coat has moved on from its nautical roots in the 19th century but is just as functional today. The fare is common at your local surplus store, but there are many modern explanations.

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