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Top winter fashion trends for men in 2021

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Menswear this winter is all about heft, warmth and a wink of fun, with corduroy and flannel in big supply. To really nail the 2021 mood, try not to take dressing up too seriously — a little rumple never hurt anyone, and an oversized fit will give you more room to play.

Pro tip: For high-quality clothing made by smaller, luxury design houses, shop the standout brand listed beneath each trend.

1. Feel-good fleece

Soft-to-the-touch textiles are everywhere on menswear this season. You’ll see sherpa-collared denim jackets and full-on fleece jackets to stave off the winter winds. You can’t go wrong with camel or black, though a lighter color will transition easily into spring.
Standout brand:

  • Manastash — check out the Big Foot pullover jacket
Jack & jones premium padded aviator with sherpa collar in green
Jack & jones premium padded aviator with sherpa collar in green

ASOS

2. Rugged leather gloves

Put your mittens away — those are for shoveling snow. Every gentleman should own a pair of leather gloves, and this season we’re loving styles that have a bit of texture at the seams. Look for corded stitching and ribbed cuffs for a pair of leather gloves that’ll help you grab life by the icicles.

Standout brand:

  • Norse Projects

3. Basic beanie

Beanies aren’t just for skaters anymore. Go for a neutral color and simple silhouette, and your beanie will even be apropo for a night out on the town. And you won’t have to deal with cold ears, either!

Standout brand:

  • Love Your Melon — 50% of the profits are donated, and it has a cool collab with National Geographic

4. Cargo all over

Utility was all over the runways for fall/winter 2021, and that means you’ll find lots of pockets on this season’s trendiest pieces. We’re loving shirts and pants that basically come with extra room for snacks.
Standout brand:

  • Engineered Garments
Hermanos Koumori Nothing Chore Jacket
Hermanos Koumori Nothing Chore Jacket

Urban Outfitters

5. One-and-done pattern play

More is more this season when it comes to men’s shirts and jackets, with solid colors on hold for true trendsetters. This men’s winter fashion trend is a clear throwback to the ’90s. Go for a shirt that combines two colors — or if you’re feeling bold, a shirt with multiple plaids.
Standout brand:

  • Thom Browne
Greg Lauren check-pattern panelled shirt
Greg Lauren check-pattern panelled shirt

Farfetch

6. Weather-ready flannel

Flannel as a wintertime trend isn’t anything new, but we’re giving it the spotlight anyway. This season, we’re seeing oversized buffalos checks and plaids, along with big pockets piggy-backing off the cargo trend. Fair warning: your significant other might like your flannel shirt even more than you do.
Standout brand:

  • Alex Mill
Brushed flannel overshirt in brown tartan plaid
Brushed flannel overshirt in brown tartan plaid

ASOS

Pendleton Men's Long Sleeve Classic Fit Board Wool Shirt
Pendleton Men's Long Sleeve Classic Fit Board Wool Shirt

Amazon

7. Grown-up corduroy

Shirts in this sturdy fabric are totally in this season and look best when layered over a graphic tee. If you’ve got bad memories of super stiff corduroy from your grade school years, rest assured this fabric has evolved since then, with looser, lightweight corduroy driving the trend. Go for 100% cotton for a corduroy shirt that softens even more over time.
Standout brand:

  • Huckberry
Reclaimed Vintage Inspired corduroy overshirt in khaki
Reclaimed Vintage Inspired corduroy overshirt in khaki

ASOS

Finamore 1925 Napoli corduroy long-sleeved shirt
Finamore 1925 Napoli corduroy long-sleeved shirt

Farfetch

8. Sole-full kicks

Men’s shoes come with extra sole this winter, in bright colors and interesting designs instead of the regular black rubber that you’re used to. This men’s winter trend applies pretty much across the board, to sneakers, boots, oxfords and even dress shoes.
Standout brand:

  • Camper
Converse Bosey-MC Hi Gore-Tex sneaker boots in malted
Converse Bosey-MC Hi Gore-Tex sneaker boots in malted

ASOS

Lace-up boots in black faux leather with double strap detail
Lace-up boots in black faux leather with double strap detail

ASOS

9. Pants with pleating

Yes, you read that right — pleated pants are back for men this season. But to avoid looking like your biology professor, choose dark navy and olive green instead of tan or khaki, and look for a hemline that hits your ankle. We love pleated pants with a poppy, patterned button-down shirt. Top with corduroy if you’re feeling retro.

If you can’t bring yourself to embrace the pleats, dip your toe into the trend with a pair of drawstring trousers.
Standout brand:

  • Lemaire

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