Three covert ways to fend off the cold

Or, “A guide to looking cool while you stay warm.”

Ever wanted to stay warm without looking like you’re trying to? No? Well, there are plenty of totally legitimate reasons why you might. Maybe you just like to feel light and free and not like you’re wrapped up in a dozen layers. Maybe you live in a place like Wisconsin and want to impress your visiting California friends with how much cold you can handle. Or maybe you just don’t want to look like you’d float away in anything more than an inch of water. (Sorry, puffy down coat wearers.)

That’s where these three pieces come in. They’ll keep you warm, and none will be the wiser.

First up, base layers.

I can’t be the only one who pictures those baggy white waffle knit things whenever someone mentions men’s long underwear. But here’s the thing: not all “long underwear” is as unattractive as it sounds. In fact, Thermaskin™ base layers are actually quite sleek. Lands’ End® sells everything from pants to a long-sleeve quarter-zip, all designed to wick moisture and generate heat beneath your regular ensemble—without anybody knowing you’re wearing them.

Next, flannel-lined pants.

There’s an easy way to turn up the heat on your men’s jeans or men’s chino pants when it gets chilly: give them a flannel lining. Flannel-lined pants look just like your average jeans or chinos, but, inside, that soft-brushed flannel feels extra cozy and traps heat to keep your legs warm. Best part is, nobody but you gets to know how cozy you are.

Finally, the chamois shirt.

The greatest thing about a chamois shirt is that it looks a lot like a men’s flannel shirt — when, in fact, it’s heavy enough to double as lightweight jacket. That makes it pretty much the penultimate piece for those seeking incognito warmth. You’ll look like you’re walking around in an open long-sleeve shirt, but you’ll feel nice and toasty. Lands’ End’s 7.52 ounce chamois fabric is a great choice here. I like to keep mine by the door and toss it on for trips to the mail, chilly commutes or pretty much any time I just want to feel cozy.

So there they are: three subtle pieces that pack some not-so-subtle warmth. If it turns out this isn’t quite enough, I’ll leave you with you one more tip: get yourself some disposable hand warmers. At least four. Two for the pockets of your flannel-lined pants, two for the pockets of your chamois shirt. Boom. You’re warm.

No puffy down jacket required.

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