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10 Winter Must-Haves for the Stylish Chicago Man

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It's November, which means most Chicagoans are once again venturing into their coat closets and preparing for another lengthy season of snow and sub-zero temperatures. But as most who live here will tell you, it's not just the piercing wind that makes life gloomy, but the long commutes on crowded trains, sudden shifts from frigid air to powerful radiator heat, and wet shoes caked in street salt and ice. Braving a Chicago winter can be brutal, but it doesn't have be done without style.

With all this in mind we took our concerns to men's retailer MR PORTER. "For many, winter is a time when fashion comes a sorry second to function," says Dan Rookwood, US editor for MR PORTER.COM. "Piling on layers can mean waddling around town like the Michelin Man… The skill is in layering correctly using lightweight garments that are as quick and easy to remove as they are to put on, such as vests and scarves."

To help, Dan points to brands such as Patagonia, Stone Island and Canada Goose for what he describes as "temperature-regulating technical sportswear that performs with panache." Below, he details some his favorite pieces for every man this winter. Though he does add that "If all else fails, carry a hip flask––at least you can warm your throat."—Courtney Ryan
· MR PORTER [Official Site]
· Where to Buy Cute and Warm Coats in Chicago [Racked Chicago]
· Stylist Heidy Best Shares 5 Best Buys for Fall and Winter [Racked Chicago]