The greatest outerwear for the great outdoors

Our wrap-up of this season’s snuggest styles

Words: Thea Bichard. Images: Casper Sejersen

It’s been a year of escaping into nature for calm and contentment: in spring we had our daily hour of outdoor exercise, in summer we sprawled out in the parks. Now autumn and winter beckon brisk walks in the great outdoors – and for that, you’ll be needing a suitably snug coat. These are the brands that know their way around outerwear that’ll have you (literally) covered for countless winters to come.

LIGHTWEIGHTS

When temperatures start to drop, you may suddenly feel compelled to pile on as many heavy-duty layers as possible. But take Moose Knuckles as a prime example of how to lighten your load: the brand specialises in lean, lightweight coats that still pack in the warmth – it’s based in Canada, which is all the proof you need that they can handle winter. Eleventy follows the same principle, only with slimline wool tailoring rather than sporty styles, and we could wax lyrical about Barbour’s iconic waxed-cotton jackets all the way from London to the Lake District.

WOMEN’S: ELEVENTY - Padded-shoulder notch-lapel wool coat and Cap-sleeved stretch-woven midi dress / ALEXANDER MCQUEEN - lace-up boots (available in store at Selfridges London). MEN’s: ELEVENTY - Double-breasted houndstooth-pattern woven coatNotch-lapel cotton- and cashmere-blend corduroy blazer, cord trousers (coming soon) and Turtleneck marled camel wool jumper / BOTTEGA VENETA - Lug combat rubberised Chelsea boots
BARBOUR - Supa-Hunting waxed-cotton jacket / STONE ISLAND - Turtleneck jumper (coming soon) / JW ANDERSON - Cargo trousers (coming soon) / ALEXANDER MCQUEEN - Tread cotton-canvas low-top trainers
MACKAGE - Calina quilted shell-down coat / BOTTEGA VENETA - Chain-embellished cotton-blend midi dress / ANN DEMEULEMEESTER - Leather lace-up platform boots (available in store at Selfridges London)
WOMEN’S: CANADA GOOSE - Alliston padded shell-down coat / SACAI - Padded high-waist shell midi skirt / BOTTEGA VENETA - midi dress (coming soon) / ALEXANDER MCQUEEN - Tread lace-up leather boots. MEN’S: CANADA GOOSE - Armstrong hooded shell-down jacket / DRIES VAN NOTEN - Striped T-shirt (coming soon) / A-COLD-WALL - Overlay tapered shell trousers / BALENCIAGA - Croc-embossed boots (coming soon) / PATAGONIA - Fisherman’s rolled recycled-knit beanie
STONE ISLAND - Padded nylon down jacketBrand-patch crewneck wool-blend jumper and Logo-patch cotton-jersey tracksuit shorts / UNDER ARMOUR - RUSH stretch-woven compression leggings / PRADA - Cloudburst trainers (available in store at Selfridges London) / SELFRIDGES x PANTHERELLA - Organic-cotton socks

WHATEVER THE WEATHER

Puffer jackets packed out with insulation have cropped up in autumn/winter collections for some time now. MACKAGE’s down jackets are the outside-approved version of wrapping up in a duvet, and Canada Goose is used to sending Arctic explorers out into the tundra wearing its coats, but these cover-ups can more than hack it with jeans and a sweatshirt in the city. Equally accustomed to dealing with downpours, Stone Island’s lab-designed sportswear has been put through its paces by fans braving rainy streets and stadium stands, and festival-goers have tackled the mud in Hunter’s wellies for decades. For these brands, a walk in the park this winter is, well, a walk in the park.

GOLDBERGH - Shorty recycled-polyester and shell-down jacketElizabeth funnel-neck stretch-woven jumpsuit, moon boots (available in store at Selfridges London) and Bold ski helmet
WOMEN’S: HUNTER - Original Chelsea boots (coming soon) / ROKH - Hooded patent raincoat (coming soon) / KENZO - Ribbed knitted jumper. MEN’S: HUNTER - Balmoral Field wide-fit wellington boots (coming soon) / A-COLD-WALL - Hooded shell jacket / JW ANDERSON - Henley zipped marled merino-wool jumper /1017 ALYX 9SM - Straight shell trousers
WOMEN’S: HOLDEN - Cropped down alpine jacket (coming soon) and Ski suit (coming soon) / PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CASHMERE - Turtleneck cashmere jumper / ANN DEMEULEMEESTER - Leather lace-up platform boots (available in store at Selfridges London). MEN’S: HOLDEN - Summit down parka (coming soon) and 3-layer alpine trousers (coming soon) / GUCCI - Flashtrek leather, suede and canvas trainers

GO OFF-PISTE

It’s been a wash-out year for holiday plans (or lack of…), but whereas you might not get much wear out of your bikini if your tropical getaways are put on hold, a for-the-slopes coat doesn’t need an Alpine backdrop to do its thing. Holden draws on the street style of its Californian hometown, so its down jackets look just as home in Venice Beach as they would in Val d’Isère. The same goes for Cordova’s flashy metallic ski jackets and Goldbergh’s ultra-insulating all-in-ones – the only excuse you need to wear them is for the weather to hit single digits. As for keeping your toes toasty? Have your snow boots on standby or invest in UGG’s shearling-lined shoes, which are as comforting as cheese fondue in a Swiss chalet.

CORDOVA - Mont Blanc rubberised ski jacket (coming soon) and Alta ski suit (coming soon) / ALEXANDER MCQUEEN - Hybrid leather ankle boots
MEN’S:  UGG - Neumel suede chukka boots / BOTTEGA VENETA - Anorak jacket (coming soon) / RAF SIMONS - Turtleneck top (coming soon) / KENZO - Quilted tapered shell jogging bottoms. WOMEN’S: UGG - Classic Ultra Mini sheepskin boots / SACAI - Layered cotton and wool-blend coat / ROKH - Logo-print woven top / RICK OWENS - High-rise crepe midi skirt
MEN’S: BURBERRY - Checked-hood puffer jacket, Camouflage checked nylon shirt, Camouflage checked nylon jogging bottoms, trainers (all available in-store at Selfridges London). WOMEN’S: BURBERRY - The Chelsea Heritage cotton-gabardine trench coat; Packaway-hood bio-based nylon jacket, Logo-graphic turtleneck jersey top, Cutout-panel skinny technical-twill trousers (all available in-store at Selfridges London).

FASHION MEETS FUNCTION

One thread running throughout this season’s styles is an ability to underpin aesthetics with practical design details that shield you from the elements. C.P. Company cleverly slips detachable down liners inside its utilitarian parkas, while Burberry has reigned (or should that be rained?) supreme for over a century with its never-out-of-style trench coats, cut from the waterproof cotton gabardine Thomas Burberry invented in 1879. But do check out their puffer jackets, too – the patterned hoods wink to the house’s heritage. Likewise, Givenchy’s bright zipped jackets, Prada’s Re-Nylon collection and Saks Potts’ responsibly made leather coats have the design nous to tackle all definitions of ‘cool’. Trust us, you will feel the benefit.

SAKS POTTS - Foxy V-neck shearling-trimmed leather coat and Fiesta graphic-print high-rise woven trousers / PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CASHMERE - Turtleneck cashmere jumper / Balenciaga - boots (available in store at Selfridges London)