Menswear for Mules: Dressing for the weather

My favorite down coat at the moment is The North Face’s 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket in Night Green. This jacket is idyllically bummy looking. If you’re looking for something technical this is not the way to go. The North Face accomplishes its goal of making an overstuffed Michelin Man silhouette. Despite seemingly low aspirations, this jacket overachieves. 

If you do desire a more technically-suited jacket I adore the Arc’teryx Fission SV Jacket. The brand, adored by rock climbers, has created a ski jacket with a windproof, breathable, and lightweight Gore-Tex membrane. Although the Fission SV jacket is over double the price of the North Face’s one, it is a luxury jacket that is also utilitarian. Thus, it avoids the conundrum of whether or not your statement jacket is practical.

Layering is essential on Colby’s campus because you can be both freezing and overheated in Lovejoy depending on the room. The fleece I like the most is the North Face’s 95 Retro Denali Jacket. It is a simple silhouette. It’s the right amount of fuzziness to age well, stopping well before the point of imitating a shearling coat. As trendy as the fuzzy fleece may be, I don’t believe it will have staying power.

Another issue on campus is footwear for when you have to be in class before the salt has melted the ice on the walkways. A heavy boot is too much for just walking on the ice, but your sneakers don’t provide the traction you need. To reduce your risk when coming back from the apartments, I’d choose a Salomon S/Lab sneaker. Salomon has long been considered one of the best outdoor footwear manufacturers, and the S/Lab sneakers are no exception. Depending on your needs, there are S/Lab sneakers for ultra marathons, but for trekking around on campus I prefer the more stylized XT-6.

Gloves and mittens are a touchy subject. I don’t like the way they look most of the time; however, as someone with poor circulation, I desperately need them. I prefer mittens over gloves. Not being a skier, I don’t need technical mittens. Hestra’s lambskin shearling mittens are gorgeous. Being lambskin, they are incredibly soft, and the drawstring is less finicky than velcro alternatives. Sam Donahue `22 does use a technical glove. According to Donahue, “Hestra three finger gloves are heat, especially the pro models with padded fingies for my delicate hands.” Whether or not you need the pads for sensitive fingers, the pads still add some flair to a typically boring accessory.

As we enter the six month winter, we also need something to keep our ears warm, so beanie season it is. The waffle-knit beanie is my favorite variation  for this upcoming winter, even though I’ve been wearing a rolled up ski mask. My current favorite is New York based brand Aimé Leon Dore’s variation. All their muted hues make them easy to wear, and, although a hypebeast brand, the beanies still remain understated.

At the end of the day, please dress warm enough for the miserable winter.

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