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The best autumn-winter brands

The best autumn-winter brands

The clocks have changed, the nights are icy cold, and we’re reaching for the thermostat and a cosy blanket as soon as we’re home from work – winter is officially here. But it’s not all doom and gloom. With it, winter brings some of our favourite brands for cold-weather dressing that make braving even the coldest mornings more bearable.

Styling your outfit can go out the window when the mercury drops and you’re grabbing the warmest jumper you can find. But there’s a whole range of brands that come to the fore in the colder seasons that offer cosy knits, weatherproof outerwear, and some stylish cuts and textures that will make even the most dedicated sun worshipers excited to show off their winter wardrobe.

Tiger of Sweden

It can be hard to curate a workwear wardrobe that’s weather appropriate, but thanks to Tiger of Sweden, you can pack away your cotton suit for the season and take on thicker fabrics and modern layering without loosing the smart office look you’re used to. This – you guessed it – Swedish label started as a tailoring brand offering affordable, ready-to-wear suits for workers. These roots still define the brand today, with nods to classic shapes, cuts, and fabrics still evident throughout its modern collections. 

“Tiger of Sweden create a uniform of classic, go-to pieces that can be paired with anything and will last you for seasons to come,” says stylist Mille Rich. “Soft cashmeres, merino knits, heavy cottons, twills, and cords in a neutral palette of greys, whites, navys, blacks, and camels offer the texture you need to stay smart yet warm through winter.” 

What’s more, Tiger of Sweden is making heavy movements in the way of sustainability, understanding that the fashion industry will break if the brands themselves don’t action change. Their autumn-winter 2019 collection says goodbye to virgin cashmeres, and hello to natural fibres such as tercel, which is made from wood pulp.

True to the Scandi aesthetic, most of Tiger of Sweden’s details are subtle, easy to wear, and can be paired with your existing smart casual wardrobe. That’s not to say they don’t take risks – a scalloped edged shirt isn’t for everyone, but in between the more fashion-forward pieces, there remains a collection of perfectly tailored items that will carry you from work to weekend in style.

Barbour

Dog walking, horse riding, rainy Sunday walks – whatever Barbour brings to mind, it’s undoubtedly British. “There are few people who haven’t heard of Barbour, and their popularity just keeps passing down through generations,” Millie says. “My brother, dad, and grandad would all wear Barbour and none would look out of place, which is a testament to its ability to stay relevant by modernising classics rather than following trends.”

A slogan of Barbour’s once read, “The best British clothing for the worst British weather” and whilst it’s still known for its classic outer layers like wax coats and quilted jackets, having been at the fore of men’s autumn and winter wardrobes for over 100 years thanks to its timeless layerability, Barbour’s modern collections bring much more to the table. 

It’s seasonal knitwear and trouser collections come in different textures and colourways, which are great for brightening up darker winter outfits, so they work as perfectly for city living as they do in the countryside. And if you thought the brand couldn’t get any better, it’s worth noting that you can even get a matching coat for your dog.

Berghaus

With the rise of the ‘dad walking the dog’ clothing trend, outdoors-focused brands are enjoying a moment. It’s now acceptable to wear a fleece and waterproof and still look cool, which is great news for cold winters, and with big fashion brands leaning into this trend, ‘function-over-fashion’ brands have risen up to take their place in the everyday market.

Welcome to the stage – Berghaus. This high-performance brand, which means ‘Mountain House’ in German, focuses on function and practicality, using technical designs and fabrics to offer the best outerwear for time spent outdoors. It’s a go-to for icy winter nights, and has long since lost its reputation as a label for dads and geography teachers.

“Now, Berghaus is a brand you can wear in the city or out hiking. It’s practical, but it’s not just an outdoor look and it’s easy to see why. Their warm down coats and cosy fleeces are perfect for winter dressing, and can be worn with your chinos and trainers, jumpers and jeans, and even over your smart shirts,” Millie says.

And just like that, the cold weather doesn’t seem so bad.


Words: Ella White
Photography: Mark Sanders
Styling: Millie Rich