Don’t lose out to the chill; bundle up in style with winter threads you can pick up here in Singapore.
Winter vacays are notoriously hard to prepare for, no thanks to meagre baggage allowance, limited outfit options and under (or over) estimation of the cold. Whether you’re hitting the slopes for a ski trip, hiking snow-capped mountains or exploring the streets of a chilly country, we’ve rounded up the stores in Singapore where you can pick up winter wear to keep you warm, toasty and stylishly layered.
Everyone’s fave Japanese clothing brand offers the unthinkable: Affordable cashmere sweaters *gasp*. But if your winter wardrobe is calling out for more than super soft layers, stock up on leggings and long sleeved t-shirts from the Heat Tech and Ultra Light Down collections. Great for layering, these pieces are unbelievably lightweight and keep wearers warm without the overbearing thickness of usual winter woolies. Look out for two new products from the Ultra Light Down category: Ultra Light Down Cocoon Jacket for the ladies and Ultra Light Down Puffer Jacket for men. Let’s just say these super comfy jackets will keep you nice and warm.
Uniqlo, various locations including the Orchard Central flagship store and online
The always bang on-trend Zara is naturally our source of stylish winter wear. The fall/winter collections are sheer perfection; you’ll find yourself knee-deep in spiffy, tailored trenches and IT-girl fleece-lined parkas. The men aren’t forgotten either as the brand constantly doles out classic parkas, duffies and military-inspired bomber jackets.
Zara, various outlets including 313@Somerset and Marina Bay Sands.
For moments when you have to pick function over style, this sportswear emporium has a fair share of winter wear gear to keep you warm without having to break the bank. Apart from stocking up on gym attire, you’ll find threads for hiking, trekking, skiing and snowboarding, along with handy accessories. Fair warning, Decathlon’s winter wear may not scream fall/winter fashion catalogue but if you’ve been through a European winter you know where your priorities lie.
Decathlon, various locations including Holland Village and City Square Mall.
One thing’s for sure, Mango breaks away from the stereotypical winter vacay wardrobe of pudgy windbreakers and ugly sweaters. What you get instead is a wardrobe upgrade of chic essentials and novel choices. Case in point: The autumn/winter collection accentuates a sophisticated version of chunky wool sweaters, plaid prints and winter maxi dresses for warmer days.
Mango, available at various locations including Ion Orchard, Raffles City Shopping Centre and Vivocity.
Brooks Brothers transports you to an English countryside sprinkled with Ivy-inspired American fashion. Think classic, preppy silhouettes in heritage Scottish cashmere and Harris Tweed fabrics. If you’re all for a touch of holiday sparkle, stock up on pieces from The Red Fleece Winter 2019 Collection. It’s basically timeless winter essentials meets a preppy aesthetic of vibrant reds, blacks and greens.
Brooks Brothers, locations at Ngee Ann City and Raffles City Shopping Centre
Pull & Bear
With a fair collection of elevated basics (for easy layering) to heavy-duty coats with faux shearling (for the ultimate protection), it’s hard to imagine how this brand was inspired by the Californian city of Palm Springs. Nonetheless, there’s even a full range of knitwear and outerwear in a bevy of textures, prints, colours and styles for you to play mix n’ match.
Pull & Bear, at various locations including Vivocity and Ion Orchard.
You’ll probably want to bookmark this store for those legit winter vacays. From outdoor camping accessories, luggage and right down to comfy thermal wear, Winning’s got you covered (literally). Items worth nabbing: lycra wool thermal wear, down jacket with detachable fur and smart touch-screen gloves.
Winning, at various location including Junction 8, Westgate and Lot One.
Ask any local for advice on winter wear – chances are, Cold Wear would be the first thing that’ll come to mind. This winter clothes institution is a year-round treasure trove of cold weather gear, including padded jackets, windbreakers, scarves and gloves. Designs are kept timeless for easy layering, and made with innovative materials, aimed to keep your suitcases as light as possible. Bonus: Free shipping (above $50) is offered on the site if you can’t make it down to its brick and mortar stores.
Cold Wear, various locations including Orchard Gateway and Suntec City.
At Winter Time, the cold wear range doesn’t mess around. They’re unmistakably heavy-duty so don’t expect uber-stylish pieces for slouchy, street style ensembles. The range includes affordable must-haves from down parkas and ski jackets to trench coats and tights; you can easily snap up a couple of winter basics for under $200. Word of advice: Do your research on your destination’s weather so you don’t end up splurging on things you don’t need.
Winter Time, various locations including Vivocity and Parkway Parade.
Photography: Universal TravellerThis one’s a big contender for chic cold wear giants like Uniqlo. Designed for the savvy traveller, collections here rely on three simple principles: function, style and lightness. For women, the 4-in-1 down jacket with polar fleece trimming, and the adjustable drawstring faux fur trim jacket are versatile, star buys. As for the lads, you can’t go wrong with the down jacket with faux fur collar and the black jacket with down gilet.
Universal Traveller, various outlets including Chinatown Point and Kaki Bukit.
If you’re headed for a luxe winter holiday up on the swish Swiss alps, it’s best to invest… in luxe ski wear and upmarket après ski fashion, that is. Sleek ski bunnies have to check out Moncler, which melds sports functionality with timeless style. Standouts of its women’s range include the ultralight down jackets in chic neutrals and field jackets with svelte silhouettes and nipped waists while men can keep comfy with padded down jackets and olive green parkas.
Moncler, various locations including ION Orchard and Marina Bay Sands
Look beyond the extensive shoe racks at this sturdy boots behemoth and you’ll find yourself in winter (gear) wonderland. We don’t mean gritty, purely functional jackets a la Indiana Jones either; even the ladies will be pleasantly surprised to find racks of chic quilted vests, classic fluffy parkas and spiffy trench coats worthy of (Anna) Wintour.
Timberland, various outlets including Somerset 313, Vivocity, Bugis+
On a budget? Don’t sweat it. H&M’s always had our backs when we’re counting pennies, so don’t expect any less when it comes to winter threads. Snap up your fashion-forward, affordable layers at a serious bargain here. With basic trenches, trendy woven jackets and cosy knits readily available, you’ll be ready to battle the cold in absolute style (with change left over!)
H&M, various outlets including Somerset and ION Orchard.
The Planet Traveller
Stocked with reputable brands like The North Face, Patagonia and Manzella, The Planet Traveller is a veritable gold mine of winter clothes. But it’s not just that that keeps shoppers coming back; we hear adventure purists are big fans of the brand’s range of winter gear made for challenging conditions, including quality down jackets, durable gloves and fleece jackets for athletic travellers.
The Planet Traveller, various locations including Marina Square and Paragon
Bookmarked by women who want to wear top designer labels without breaking the bank, The Outnet (sister site to the more famous Net-A-Porter) is home to luxury brands’ classic collections or previous seasons at a discounted price. And when it comes to winter wear, it’s got you covered. With a wide variety of styles, materials and designer names (if that counts), no doubt you’ll be spoilt for choice, and the prices can’t be beaten either.
The Outnet, available online.
Still searching for the perfect winter boots? Look no further than EMU Australia. The footwear label offers classic and fail-safe styles inspired by the tranquil Cradle Mountain in Tasmania. They’re taking things up a notch with their newly refreshed collection – these shoes aren’t just meticulously handcrafted, with tanned leather and suede exteriors fitted with waterproof membranes and a durable outsole, but are also fashion-forward to boot.
EMU Australia, Takashimaya, 391 Orchard Road, Level 2 Singapore 238873 and online
Marks and Spencer
M&S is more than just British biscuits and sweet treats. This UK giant also carries apparel and footwear perfect for wintery days away. Keep warm and snuggly with its range of oversized jumpers, fitted coats, padded jackets, water-resistant macs, faux fur scarfs, knitted snoods, leather gloves and more. Add its line of Footglove shoes to the mix too; they come with soft uppers, underfoot padding and durable soles.
Marks & Spencer, various locations including Marina Square, VivoCity and Wheelock Place.
Gearing up for the great (snowy) outdoors? Make Arc’teryx your go-to store when it comes to packing for some snow action. You won’t find anything less than quality here – the brand prioritises precise design and production, so expect classic designs with multiple functions. You’ll find everything you need here to layer up including base, moisture-wicking pants or shirts, insulated jackets or fleece hoodies for mid-layers, and lightweight hardshell jackets made for chasing mountains.
Arc’teryx, 75 Bukit Timah Road #01-01 Boon Siew Building Singapore 229833
Roxy and Quiksilver
Surprise, surprise; these two brands aren’t just about boards and waves. If you’re big on athleisure, the two brands — Roxy for women and Quiksilver for men, obviously — stock thermals and pieces for layering such as fleece jumpers, hoodies and trousers that are thick enough for even the coldest weather. Load your shopping basket with beanies, gloves and winter boots, then you’re all set for your next adventure!
Roxy and Quiksilver available at multiple locations including Orchard Central, Marina Square and Changi City Point, as well as online.