The best part about winter is the fact that outerwear gets a whole lot more interesting. And for those who are going for that classic country gent aesthetic, U.S. Polo Assn. is a brand that I have found to be extremely reliable, as they keep bringing back classic styles in modern fits and colors. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite pieces from their 2016 Autumn/Winter collection.
Wearing joggers with a classic hunting jacket may sound like blasphemy but looks rad and allows you to rock sneakers, which just means more coziness.
Quilted jackets were originally designed primarily for shooting in England in the mid 60s and have since been adopted by all kinds of people for practical and fashion purposes. This particular version stays true to its heritage roots by maintaining the boxy silhouette and keeping some vintage details, like the gun flap over the right side of the chest, intact. Modern details like a zippered chest pocket and concealed hood are present too. The color blocking on this oxford button down is also brilliant.
The addition of a simple flap near the base of the zipper makes linking the two ends a lot easier and in case you aren’t a zipper person, theres always the snaps. The two large buttoned pockets also have slits on the side for your hands. Very useful.
Plenty of pockets and an elastic toggle to tighten it all up will make this jacket a regular in your winter rotation. The construction is also great for the price.
For a brand that specialises in classic pieces, U.S. Polo Assn. has managed to do a great job with the fit on these cargo joggers. They fit well and do not bunch up and look funny. A pair of luxe tonal Reebok Classics helped me finish this outfit off nicely.
My second look features another quilted jacket from the collection, a slightly different design featuring chest pockets and a neck strap.
Quilting became popular in the 17th century, being mostly used for bed covers and clothes that needed to provide lightweight insulation. It was also worn under suits of armor to boost comfort. The quilted jacket as we know it today was made by Husky Inc in England in 1965. This jacket was adopted by the Queen, who wore it for riding and soon, celebrities in Britain followed suit and it remains a fashionable, functional and classic outerwear item to this day.
That pocket could easily swallow an iPad.
Suede elbow patches and a snap adjustable waist – Classic.
If you could only own cargo joggers in one color, buy them in a shade of tan. Goes with virtually everything.
The fit on these is great and I just love that box pleat on the thigh pocket.
The hues of orange and blue on this shirt really help give off that Fall vibe. Outerwear here is a simple utility jacket with an elasticated collar and cuffs and pockets aplenty. It may look like I’m obsessed with storage (I am) but given the kind of work I do, I find pockets very useful to carry things around whether it’s a ticket stub or a notepad and I am sure there are many out there who feel the same. A man’s clothes should always be functional.
A black leather jacket is another winter wardrobe essential. Depending on where you live of course, it can actually be an all season garment. I would actually layer a hoodie or a sweater under this particular jacket due to how light it is.
Biker style panels on the sleeves and shoulders add a little amount of detail to this otherwise basic but essential jacket.
Light washed slim fitting denim and a pair of nice boots may be what you’d normally wear with a jacket but basketball high-tops make for a much better look.
In today’s world we don’t really do much outdoors and with rising pollution levels and temperatures, it is getting harder to do even that much. But thanks to brands like U.S. Polo Assn., it is still possible to relive at least the style of another time. They say your wardrobe can take you places, but I believe that it can even take you to a different time.
Shop the U.S. Polo Assn. Autumn/Winter collection in stores now.
Photos by Gaurav Karki