5 Practical Winter Jackets for Men

When it comes to purchasing your winter jacket or coat, it’s not just style you have to think about. Practicalities such as how waterproof (to keep you dry) and how breathable (to help the release of moisture) the jacket is are also important factors.

Believe it or not, there are countless brands who sell “winter” coats that are not even waterproof for well over £100 and we (the consumers) purchase them just because they look great on. On that note, it’s helpful to point out that no matter how good that winter coat looks, you’re still going to be soaked, sweaty and ill if it doesn’t have practical features, which is why I’ve put together a list of 5 practical winter coats for men from brands you can rely on to help you choose your winter coat this year. Here they are:

Canyon Men’s Long Waterproof Jacket from Mountain Warehouse (£59.99)

Canyon Men's Khaki Long Waterproof Jacket from Mountain Warehouse

Completely watertight and available in both black and khaki, this waterproof jacket is sure to keep you dry and warm throughout the winter months, this year and next. This jacket is insulated for extra warmth and has two large pockets to keep your bits and pieces in. Better yet, it has a detachable hood for when it’s not raining but chilly, and the cut is very flattering for a trendy appeal.

Dubliner Jacket from Helly Hansen (£100.00)

Men's Black Waterproof Dubliner Jacket from Helly Hansen

Waterproof, windproof (adjustable cuffs to stop wind going up your sleeves) and breathable with a quick dry lining (just in case you sweat) and a packable hood, this men’s black waterproof Helly Hansen jacket (also available in red, grey and olive green) is ideal for wet weather. It’s a little more lightweight than the Mountain Warehouse jacket (above) but probably not as warm. Helly Hansen is known for its great quality outdoor gear, so this could be a great, reasonably priced option to tide you over this winter.

Kiwi Jacket from Craghoppers (£90.00)

Men's Kiwi Jacket from Craghoppers

I may be a little biased on this one as it’s actually my choice of winter coat this year (I purchased it at the beginning of this month). 100% waterproof and with a brushed inner collar to keep you comfortable, this waterproof jacket from Craghoppers is a great commuter jacket. It’s warm but not too padded (so you don’t overheat on the train) and keeps you totally dry when it rains, in both heavy rain and light showers. It also has AquaDry technology, which means it stays drier for longer.

Men’s Stormcloud Waterproof Jacket from Berghaus (£75.00)

Men's Stormcloud Waterproof Jacket from Berghaus

Berghaus can be quite expensive, however the Stormcloud Waterproof Jacket is a slightly more affordable option in comparison to their usual styles, which is part of the reason as to why it made the list. This jacket is completely waterproof and features an adjustable hood for practicality. It comes in black, indigo, carbon and green colour options and is fairly lightweight, making it another great option for commuters.

Arboles Men’s Faux Fur & Waterproof Parka Jacket from Trespass (£34.99)

Arboles Men's Faux Fur & Waterproof Parka Jacket from Trespass

If you don’t want to spend much on your winter jacket but want something practical that will keep you warm and dry, this waterproof parka jacket from Trespass is a great option. Padded with an adjustable zip and a removable faux fur hood, this is a great casual jacket for those weekends spent outdoors with friends. Better yet, it has 7 pockets and elasticated cuffs for ultimate practicality and versatility.

Be sure to stop getting ripped off by brands offering “winter” jackets that will leave you soaked in heavy downpours this season and opt for a jacket with waterproof and breathable technologies from an outdoor clothing specialist. You’ll thank me for it!

Images courtesy of Mountain Warehouse, Helly Hansen, Craghoppers, Berghaus & Trespass

For Women: Jil Sander Simple Sandals

Just as I mentioned that simple sandals for summer are key for guys, they are just as important for you girls, too. Easy to wear on the beach, to work or just out with friends, these Jil Sander sandals are just about as simple as they get, but they’re perfect.

Simple sandals like these are easy to pair with anything, so make sure you grab yourself a pair this summer.

jil sander simple sandals

Simple Sandals by Jil Sander, £464.69. farfetch.com

Images courtesy of Farfetch

Love This: Warehouse ’80s Floral Midi Dress

I’m a huge advocate of midi dresses – perhaps because of their elegance in comparison to shorter dresses. A printed midi dress is a wardrobe staple for summer, and this one from Warehouse is a particular favourite of mine. Styled on its own with some black heels, or even some matching statement heels if you’re feeling daring, provides an effortless look for both day and night.

Give it a go!

Warehouse '80s Floral Midi Dress

’80s Floral Midi Dress by Warehouse, £42.00. asos.com

Images courtesy of ASOS

Review: Holster Sandals

I had a close look at a pair of Holster sandals recently and I love them. Plus, Fearne Cotton wears them and I really admire Fearne, so that could be part of it. Regardless, these sandals are vegan friendly and recyclable, getting the green thumbs up. At just £44, they’re affordable and, from what I can see, well worth the money. Plus, I love the stud detailing on the strap and the range of colours. That being said, I do have to be a bit dull and say that the black sandals are definitely my favourite!

Which pair would you buy?

Black Holster Sandals

You can purchase these sandals through the Holster e-shop.

Images courtesy of Holster

For Women: 3.1 Phillip Lim Jacquard Mini Skirt

What can I say? I’d be crazy not to adore this Phillip Lim skirt – it’s floral AND metallic! Two things I can’t get enough off this summer. Pair this with a white blouse (tucked in, of course) and some sandals, and you have yourself a beautiful, slightly edgy summer ensemble. Perfect if you demand effortless style when popping out for a spot of lunch with the girls!

3.1 Phillip Lim Jacquard Mini Skirt

Jacquard Mini Skirt by 3.1 Phillip Lim, £310.00. farfetch.com

Images courtesy of Farfetch

Love This: STORM “Zentrek” Watch

I was a little bit delighted when I received the press release for STORM’s new Zentrek watch. It’s a little more bulky and casual than watches I usually like, but it has a nice summer feel, so there’s no doubt it’s current.

Available in both a matte and polished finish, STORM have given you choice with this style, which I really appreciate – and I’m sure you do, too. Plus, it’s available in both blue and black.

Practical with its 24 hour features and STORM’s signature lazer glass, ensuring longevity, the Zentrek is definitely a style to consider buying this summer.

STORM Zentrek watch

“Zentrek” Watch by STORM, £139.99. stormwatches.com

Images courtesy of STORM

Zuhair Murad Autumn/Winter 2014 Couture

Zuhair Murad’s Autumn/Winter 2014 couture collection is a great mix of colour and monochrome, and perfect if you love beautiful evening gowns that are, without doubt, red carpet-worthy. Figure-hugging and a great mix of off and on-the-shoulder, this is exactly what I expect a couture collection to look like. Plus, it’s really wearable, which I just love!

Zuhair Murad Autumn/Winter 2014 couture

Zuhair Murad Autumn/Winter 2014 couture

Zuhair Murad Autumn/Winter 2014 couture

Zuhair Murad Autumn/Winter 2014 couture

Zuhair Murad Autumn/Winter 2014 couture

Zuhair Murad Autumn/Winter 2014 couture+

Zuhair Murad Autumn/Winter 2014 couture

Zuhair Murad Autumn/Winter 2014 couture

Zuhair Murad Autumn/Winter 2014 couture

Images courtesy of Vogue UK