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Winter is fast approaching, so it’s time to pad up your wardrobe with trendy pieces for the coming cold. This winter, men’s fashion is more exciting than ever, with unexpected colors, accessories, and clothes making the list of the top must-have pieces for the man who values style.

From the return of the sweater vest to the classic cable knit crew sweater paired with a 10K yellow gold chain for men, found at FrostNYC, there are several playful, fashion-forward trends happening this winter. Explore the top nine men’s winter fashion trends in 2021 so you can piece together the perfect ensemble for the season.

1. Heavy-Duty Leather Coats

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This year, the classic leather biker jacket has been replaced with the knee-length variety made of heavy-duty leather. The big-name designer shows feature tailored leather overcoats, hinting at the shift from the waist-length leather jacket to oversized leather coats that are meant to keep you warm rather than make you look cool. When choosing your new leather coat, opt for a design with a large leather belt for an elevated take on a classic trench coat.

2. Caramel and Butterscotch

Caramel and butterscotch-hued clothing is dominating the men’s fashion runways from head to toe. These warm yellow-brown tones work with all skin tones and bring out a different vibe, depending on what pieces you pair and their hue.

The best choice for this candy-colored trend is to go full-on tonal monochromatic and opt for a sweater, pants, socks, and shoes in almost the same color, but you can also mix it up with some darker burnt-caramel pieces, creams, and browns.

3. Trench Coat

Trench coats are continuing their run as a top men’s fashion piece from the spring of 2021. However, this winter, the trench coat is taking a more subtle approach by going back to the basic raincoat design with clean, geometric folds and utilitarian flaps. The look recalls the fascinating history of the trenchcoat and its militaristic origins while still bringing in modern sensibilities. If you are looking for a trench coat for your collection, grab a tan-hued piece with a belt that you can tie for a put-together look or leave open in casual settings.

4. Wool Socks

Wools socks are always worn in the winter for warmth, but they are in the middle of the fashion spotlight this year. Moisture-wicking wool keeps your feet warm and dry in the cold, wet winter months and offers you a chance to accessorize drab black and gray outfits with a pop of color.

Wool socks often feature fun patterns and color combinations that peek out from under your pant hemline as you walk and when you sit down. This winter, opt for vermillion or scarlet wool socks or keep going with the butterscotch trend with a pair of gold-hued socks.

5. Gold Jewelry

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Gold jewelry—specifically, gold chains—has been making a comeback this year, and the trend continues this winter. Yellow gold is especially hot right now, so rocking a few layered gold chains with different types of links is a great way to complement your outfits in the coming months. The following are types of chains to explore to add a bit more depth and warmth to your winter look:

  • Rope
  • Cuban Link
  • Figaro
  • Curb
  • Franco
  • Herringbone
  • Mariner

6. Sweater Vest

Once relegated to ironic Christmas parties and preppy 1990s teens, the sweater vest is making a big comeback in 2021. Sweater vests of every kind are in style right now; from classic-cut pieces worn with button-down shirts to knit sweater vests with nothing underneath, there are almost no limits when it comes to rocking a sweater vest this winter.

However, for the most fashion-forward idea, choose a patterned vest in the trending fall colors and pair it with some Bermuda shorts and wool socks.

7. Bermuda Shorts

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One of the most surprising trends this winter is that shorts remain trending despite the cold. Don’t rock just any pair of shorts, though; the most fashionable choice would be Bermuda shorts made from leather, wool, or pleather in a quilted pattern.

Bermuda shorts feature a hemline just above the knee and originated in Bermuda, where the British Army and, later, British bankers picked up the trend to keep cool in the tropical island heat. Crazy as it seems, these shorts are all the rage this winter. When paired with full-length wool socks and a cozy sweater and overcoat, you’ll be well-styled with this formerly summer-focused choice.

8. Cable Knit Crew Neck

One of the most classic looks that remains a contender for most stylish winter wear for men is the cable knit crew neck sweater. There’s never been a time when this staple has gone out of style, so you may have plenty of cable knits in your closet already. To make sure your look is up to date, opt for this season’s vibrant and surprising fall colors, such as caramel, pink, red, orange, and yellow, and pair your sweater with an intricately woven gold rope chain to enhance the look.

9. Shades of Red

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Reminiscent of a crackling fire, red is heating up the men’s fashion runway this year. Some of the most stylish ensembles feature full head-to-toe reds, while others show pops of vibrant cherry paired with more subdued colors.

When choosing red pieces for your closet, look for varying shades such as scarlet, burgundy, vermillion, and coral-red to switch things up and keep yourself looking hot this winter.

Push the Boundaries This Winter

This year’s men’s winter fashion trends eschew the relatively tame winter clothes of years past. Get in the experimental groove this winter by trying out some of these incredibly exciting and innovative trends, such as pairing a Cuban Link gold chain with a butterscotch-colored sweater and pants or wearing leather Bermuda shorts with wool socks and a crew sweater.

Only by experimenting with this year’s winter fashion trends can you find what look truly represents your unique style, so grab a few trendy pieces and have fun.