‘Tis the season to be toasty.  If nothing else, J.Crew’s October launch of new items features a good amount of colder weather outerwear, sweaters, and accessories.  Many of these are the same as in years past.  This is not a bad thing.  Sometimes one just needs to replace a peacoat, or a knit hat.  You can click the smiley fella above to see everything.  What I have highlighted below are a few of my favorite items from the mix.

Ludlow two-button suit jacket in Prince of Wales check Italian wool flannel $425

My favorite of all the new items is this one.  Prince of Wales has been very popular for the past couple of years thanks, in part to Michael Bastian’s version for GANT.

Click on this image for closer detail.  If you are a fan of the pattern, and of the Ludlow cut, then I imagine you will be one of the first to purchase this.  It can actually be obtained as a full suit, but I don’t see why one couldn’t pair it with jeans.

Ludlow slim suit pant in Prince of Wales check Italian wool flannel $225

Don’t forget your pants.  They come in classic fit too.

Ludlow sportcoat in velvet $288

Sticking with the Ludlow theme for a moment, J.Crew has also re-released the black velvet sportcoat.  This would make a nice alternative to the dinner jacket for a New Year’s Eve party.  Is anyone even thinking of NYE yet?  Goofy facial expression not required.

Wallace & Barnes Shetland wool Sutherland sweater $128

I don’t normally give a ratatouille about the W&B offerings.  I mention this one because last month I noted that I really liked the slub merino sweater with elbow patches.  Turns out it didn’t look very good on me.  Perhaps this one would be better?  Maybe I’ll try it.

Marled lambswool shawl-collar sweater $75

I am still digging the shawl collar sweaters too.

Dacota down jacket $218

Nice update on the down jacket.  Price isn’t too bad either.

Thomas Mason® for J.Crew spread-collar dress shirt in gingham $125

really like the Thomas Mason dress shirts.  This month, it appears they have dropped the price from $135 to $125.  Every little bit helps.

Thomas Mason® Archive for J.Crew slim shirt in 1887 check $168

A new development in the TM collection.  The website describes the shirts as follows:

‘This heritage plaid hails from Thomas Mason, the first name in fine shirting since 1796 (their fabrics have been a long-time favorite on London’s Jermyn Street, the acknowledged shirt-making capital of the world). Originally produced over a century ago, this pattern was brought back to life by our design team after visiting the British shirt maker’s archives in Italy. After combing through their library of over 200 historical prints (some dating back to the 1700s), we hand selected this plaid for its standout pattern, which feels just as fresh today as it did when it was first designed. Recreated exclusively for us with the same attention to detail that you expect from Thomas Mason, this limited-edition plaid can only be found here at J.Crew. Slim fit—a trimmer version of our regular fit that’s cut more narrowly through the body and sleeves.’

I dig.

TouchTec® gloves $85

These are probably one of the most practical items available.  You can be wearing these, and still be flipping through emails, texts, etc on your iPhone, Android, or tablet.  If I find that I will be spending a lot of time outside this winter (could happen) then I may buy a pair of these.

Alden® for J.Crew longwing boots in antique natural $539

Another Alden collaboration gem!

Billykirk® for J.Crew padded briefcase $380

A very handsome and practical briefcase that tethers the line between rugged, casual, and luxurious.

Croc-embossed leather flask $42.50

Finally, I include this for that little hint of indulgence.  It’s not real croc, but it looks pretty authentic.  Now you can feel a bit more sophisticated when sneaking a swig of your favorite cold weather spirit.  I know I will.

All items available at jcrew.com and select J.Crew stores.

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