The Highsnobiety Winter Wardrobe Manual is a guide to dressing well when temperatures plummet. Expect big coats, padded pants, snug accessories, and hibernation-ready homeware.

When the mercury drops, we usually reach instinctively for the down and heavy wools up top, while legs are left suffering the cold in the same pair of denims you'd wear on a summer's evening. We say no more to freezing knees, though. We're taking a stand with some of the best cold-weather-ready winter pants on the market right now. That’s right, while you’ve been wearing pants inappropriate for the cold, you could have been pulling on a pair of toasty, quilted down trousers. Better late than never, though.

From knitted sweatpants to technical insulation in the form of fabric blends and down padding, this cozy selection spans the length and breadth of winter pants. So whether you’re staying comfy at home or heading out into the cold, keep a pair of these to hand.

Scroll on to shop the best pants for winter.

South2 West8 Logo-Embroidered Fleece Sweatpants

Logo-Embroidered Fleece Sweatpants

$122

South2 West8

Buy at Matchesfashion

Part of the Nepenthes family, South2 West8 looks to the ethereal landscape of Sapporo, Hokkaido to inform this pair of fleece sweatpants. Insulating fleece is complemented by a burgundy stripe down each leg for a subtle finish.

Helly Hansen Alpha Padded Technical Ski Trousers

Alpha Padded Technical Ski Trousers

$250

Helly Hansen

Buy at Matchesfashion

Is wearing ski pants when you’re not on the slopes overkill? Nothing of the sort. There’s no limit to coziness, so we’re going all-in with this pair of Helly Hansen Alpha Padded Technical Ski Pants. A water and windproof HELLYTECH layer covers LIFALOFT insulation. In short, it’s warm-legs season.

Issey Miyake Padded Memory Trousers

Padded Memory Trousers

Padded Memory Trousers

$278

Issey Miyake

Buy at ssense

Issey Miyake eschews his signature pleats for an insulated technical twill construction here and we’re loving it. The technical twill boasts a sheen to the top layer for visual impact which the cropped leg affords the pair a striking silhouette.

Aimé Leon Dore x Woolrich Quilted Padded Stretch-Ripstop Trousers

Quilted Padded Stretch-Ripstop Trousers

$350

Aimé Leon Dore x Woolrich

Buy at Mr. Porter

New York’s finest Aimé Leon Dore teams up with the legendary Woolrich for a winter-ready collection of insulated bits and bobs, and our favourite piece comes in the form of a pair of tapered, ripstop trousers which feature a PrimaLoft padded shell.

Brain Dead Runners Fleece Pants

Runners Fleece Pants

Runners Fleece Pants

$157

Brain Dead

Buy at Slam Jam

No half measures. Brain Dead offers up one of the boldest pairs of the Fall/Winter 2020 season, complete with alternating, primary-colored patches to the knees and zip pockets while tan fleecing completes the look.

Nike ACG Wolf Tree Sweatpants

Wolf Tree Sweatpants

Wolf Tree Sweatpants

$163

Nike ACG

Buy at Slam Jam

A pure Polartec fleece construction not only makes this pair of Nike ACG sweatpants super warm but also unlocks a new level of comfort.

ADER Error Truck Logo Fleece Pants

Truck Logo Fleece Pants

Truck Logo Fleece Pants

$381

ADER Error

Buy at Slam Jam

Two electric blue inserts to the calf area give this clean pair of fleece pants from ADER Error a defining, eye-catching hit of color.

Nike Club Fleece Joggers

Club Fleece Joggers

Club Fleece Joggers

$55

Nike

Buy at NIKE

Nike’s signature sweatpants have remained almost unchanged for decades and why would they need to? The fleece-backed jersey construction is long-lasting and perfect for off-duty days.

Craig Green Fitted Quilted Panel Trousers

Fitted Quilted Panel Trousers

Fitted Quilted Panel Trousers

$521

Craig Green

Buy at Farfetch

Craig Green's masterful use of structural padding has positioned him as the king of quilting. This pair of paneled trousers take inspiration from traditional workwear styles, like much of Green's work, but the final outcome is decidedly more futuristic.

Martine Rose Floral Print Fleece Track Pants

Floral Print Fleece Track Pants

Floral Print Fleece Track Pants

$234

Martine Rose

Buy at Farfetch

Burgeoning London designer Martine Rose offers up one of the season's cutest pair of cozy pants with a sweet floral pattern throughout.

Koché Teddy-Bear Fleece Trousers

Teddy-Bear Fleece Trousers

Teddy-Bear Fleece Trousers

$294

Koché

Buy at Farfetch

Whoever sid that fleece sweatpants couldn't be a work of art? Koché's Teddy-Bear Fleece Trousers are living proof that they can be. A beautiful winter sunset scene graces this pair from top to bottom.

The North Face 100 Glacier Fleece Track Pants

100 Glacier Fleece Track Pants

100 Glacier Fleece Track Pants

$117

The North Face

Buy at Farfetch

The North Face’s designs are informed by adventures, exploration, and expedition to some of the most unforgiving parts of the world, so staying home should be light work for this pair of cozy fleece pants.

UNIQLO Heattech Warm-Lined Pants

Heattech Warm-Lined Pants

$50

UNIQLO

Buy at uniqlo

UNIQLO’s Heattech range spans from base layers through to semi-formal pants like this. This pair of understated pants features a Heattech lining to keep the chills off.

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