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The 12 Best Style & Grooming Products of Winter 2021

Gear you need to survive the cold and grooming products to repair cracked skin.

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Cameron Oden

This story is part of the 2021 Winter Gear Awards. To see the full list of winners, click here.


In the winter months, style takes on a new meaning. Sure, your clothing should look nice, but it also needs to keep you warm. Trust the items on this list to do both. But there are plenty of grooming items here, too: A beard trimmer for keeping your face warmer tidy; hand cream for cracked fingers; balm for busted lips. It's all here. Happy shopping.

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Best Chelsea Boot
Blundstone 558 Boots

Technically part of the Australian bush boot lineage of boots, Blundstone’s 558 style is a top choice for people in every industry thanks to the tough leather upper, shock-absorption and classic design.

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Best Wool Socks
Bombas Merino Wool Calf Socks

Bombas offers some of the most detailed socks for the price. These feature a unique honeycomb arch support, cushioned foot bed, seamless toe and y-stitched heel, all wrapped in a merino wool fabric that's great for year-round wear.

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Best Hoodie
Flint and Tinder 10-Year Pullover

This hoodie utilizes hefty 23-ounce fleece from South Carolina. The soft cotton-poly blend looks and feels like your favorite vintage sweatshirt, and it features a double-lined hood and a reinforced kangaroo pocket. What's more, it's got a 10-year guarantee so if it rips or wears out in a decade, the brand will repair it.

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Best Parka
Battenwear Parka

Made in the USA, Battenwear's vintage-inspired parka features a water-repellent 60/40 cotton-nylon shell with a faux shearling lining. It comes with flap pockets, Polartec-lined hand-warming pockets and a brimmed hood. The price tag certainly isn't the cheapest, but for all the features you get, it's pumped full of value.

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Best Overshirt
Outerknown Blanket Shirt

Made from organic cotton heavyweight will, this shirt is sturdy, soft and breathable. It has two button-flap chest pockets and natural nut buttons. Plus, if heather grey doesn't hit the spot, this style comes in over a dozen colors. It's a classic silhouette Outerknown will never stop making. 

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Best Gloves
Hestra Torgil Goatskin Gloves

Made by Hestra, a brand that’s been in the business since 1936, these gloves balance function and form, combining soft sueded goat leather and adjustable cuffs, pre-curved fingers and half-pique backhands for flexibility. 

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Best Beanie
Colorful Standard Merino Wool Beanie

Colorful Standard's beanie is the best way to top off your fit. It's perfectly proportioned, made in Portugal with Italian superfine merino wool for a silky touch and comes in every color you could conceivably want. Oh, and it's just $35.

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Best Scarf
Polo Ralph Lauren Windowpane Plaid Wool-Blend Scarf

Ralph's had this scarf in the collection for years because, well, it's a great scarf. Made in Italy using a perfect mix of luscious wool and nylon for strength, it's double-sided so you're really getting two scarves in one. There's a grip of colorways to choose from every season, too, so you're not limited to this handsome windowpane version.

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Best Jeans
Levi's 501 Original Fit Jeans

No other garment has aged nearly as well as the historic Levi’s 501. The quintessential blue jean comes in all manner of shades, washes and distressing. No matter where you start, it'll get better with every wear and every wash, which is really what a blue jean is all about. Plus, $60 for the classic of all classics is a deal in itself,  but they're often on sale.

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Best Beard Trimmer
Wahl Model 9864SS Stainless Steel Beard Trimmer

Made in America, this beard trimmer is encased in a durable stainless steel housing and utilizes rechargeable Lithium Ion 2.0 technology that can provide hours of trimming on one charge. The Model 9864 comes with four attachments and 12 T-Blade guide combs to achieve different length trims.

The self-sharpening blades stay sharp over years of use and the warranty is one of the longest you’ll find in the world of beard trimmers. The best feature, though? A one-minute charge will give you three minutes of trimming time — perfect for procrastinators everywhere.

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Best Hand Cream
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Moisturizing Hand Cream

Is winter hard on your hands? Get some gloves! Too stubborn to put them on? Grab some hand cream — specifically, Neutrogena’s Norwegian Hand Cream. It’s an across-the-pond formula (with a mild fragrance) for chapped, crusty, and cracked hands.

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Best Lip Balm
Baxter of California Hydro Salve Lip Balm

Your daily lip balm doesn’t need to taste like a mojito, but it’s an invigorating bonus if it does. The flavor of Baxter’s Hydro Salve balm mimics the buzz of the famous cocktail, but the real draw is its base of grapeseed, jojoba and coconut oils. These ingredients work in concert to revitalize and hydrate your lips, and the long-lasting formula will help keep re-application to a minimum.

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