As with cooking, so with style. The more you invest in quality ingredients, the better your final product. Flavoring and pairings give personality, context and place. A chambray shirt and cardigan with a wool overcoat versus a white shirt and blue blazer with a wool overcoat; oven-roasted chicken versus chicken parmesan.

The maxim of “buy better, buy less” applies here. Match good taste with smart purchasing, and the two will coalesce naturally over a period of years. The winter wardrobe may be more of an investment monetarily — with big-ticket outerwear pieces — but it is fundamentally rooted in functional layering pieces that provide warmth and protection from the elements. To lay the baseline, we present the 30 best staples that are definitely worth the investment.

Shirts

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Blue Oxford Shirt by Gitman Vintage $165
Checked Shirt by Alex Mill $170
Flannel Shirt by Todd Shelton $200
Chambray Shirt by Chimala $425

Pants

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Chinos by Outerknown $185
Jeans by Levi’s Vintage Clothing $240

Outerwear

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Denim Jacket by OrSlow $435
Down Vest by Rocky Mountain Featherbed $635
Parka by Woolrich John Rich & Bros. $765
Raincoat by Private White V.C. $790
Overcoat by Massimo Alba $2,015

Knits

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Cardigan by Howlin’ $335
Chunky Sweater by Inis Meáin $595
Crew Neck Sweater by The Elder Statesman $720

Basics

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T-Shirt by Reigning Champ $50
Sweatshirt by Maison Kitsuné $175
Henley by Officine Generale $195

Dress Clothes

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White Shirt by Canali $240
Trousers by Camoshita $390
Blue Blazer by Boglioli $1,145
Gray Suit by Prada $3,100

Footwear

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Waterproof Boot by L.L. Bean $119
Lace-Up Boot by Wolverine $360
Minimal Leather Sneakers by Common Projects $410
Chelsea Boot by R.M. Williams $545
Oxford Shoes by John Lobb $1,480

Accessories

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Casual Belt by KikaNY $135
Silk Tie by Drake’s $155
Wool Scarf by The Workers Club $200
Dress Belt by Crescent Belt Manufacturers $450