Fighting the winter chill doesn't mean that you have to compromise on style.

The best winter suits won't require strategic thermal underlayers, or bulky waterproof coats. They'll be designed to withstand the draftiest, iciest conditions, while looking effortlessly chic.

We've scoured the rails to find the five best suits for winter 2018, and beyond. Read on for our exclusive edit...

Men's ASOS Slim Fit Wool SuitASOSSlim Fit Wool Suit£150SHOP NOW

1. The wool winter suit

Warm, soft, and affordable - a great wool suit is a winter essential. This slim-cut ASOS version will take you from work, to date night, to festive family get-togethers with just a little bit of tweaking. For formal occasions, add the matching waistcoat and your most expensive tie. For the office, wear a soft cashmere jumper over a plain white shirt, and ditch the jacket once you arrive at your desk. To dress down your wool suit, just swap out your workaday brogues for desert boots or even biker boots, add a chunky knitted scarf and a vintage trench coat, and prepare to turn a few heads.

Men's Next Burgundy Nep SuitNextBurgundy Nep Suit£140SHOP NOW

2. The tweed winter suit

A quintessential British classic, tweed is an almost-indestructible material and – unlike wool – it is completely water resistant. As a result, it's one of the most popular winter fabrics, and a stalwart of the Scottish gentry and English aristocracy. More recently, tweed has been given a modern spin by the likes of Ryan Gosling, Kit Harington and Jared Leto, who have all worn variations on the classic tweed suit this winter. Unfortunately, tweed suits can be expensive, with a tailored Harris or Donegal tweed suit costing northwards of £1,000. However, Next have created a much more affordable line of tweed-style suits with a 'nep' texture, which will make you look (and feel) like a stylish aristocrat, even if you're on a pauper's salary.

Men's Hugo Boss Checked SuitHugo BossChecked Suit£250SHOP NOW

3. The check winter suit

Checked suits are set to be a huge trend for 2018, so this is the perfect time to invest in a look that will see you through from January to December. The key to pulling off a checked suit is to keep your accessories to a minimum and let the pattern speak for itself. We love the subtlety of this Hugo Boss suit, which only needs a white shirt and a matching pocket square to finish it off.

Men's Noose & Monkey Green Raphael SuitNoose & MonkeyGreen Raphael Suit£180SHOP NOW

4. The fashion-forward winter suit

If you want to stand out in a sea of greys and navy blue, this is your year - forest green, mustard yellow and deep burgundy are becoming more and more popular with designers. Dark green is a particularly flattering colour, so we're predicting that this Noose & Monkey suit will sell out soon. If you're choosing a fashion-forward colour for your winter suit, just make sure that you stick with a classic cut (slim or skinny fit), and keep the rest of your colour palate muted and neutral, with shades of black, white or beige.

Men's River Island Navy Tuxedo SuitRiver IslandNavy Tuxedo Suit£150SHOP NOW

5. The formal winter suit

Whether you're attending a wedding, a work event or a night at the opera, at some point this winter you're going to need a formal suit that will also keep you warm. Keep the cut and colour simple, and prioritise the choice of fabric and lining. This River Island tuxedo suit looks way more expensive than it really is, and the satin-mix lining will keep all drafts at bay.