8 must-have fashion accessories for winter: stay warm and look great
Winter is coming and that means it’s time to refresh your wardrobe. If you haven’t already, choosing the perfect winter accessories can totally elevate your style as well as be practical when the weather gets cold and nasty.
With a selection of hats, boots, gloves and scarves, here’s a comprehensive list of the most essential winter fashion accessories to keep you warm and stylish as we head into layering season.
1. Down jacket
There is hardly anything that protects against the cold as well as down. A down jacket is filled with soft duck or goose under-feathers that trap warm air inside and make it great insulators. This means you can stay warm without having to lug around a massive coat all winter long.
Another advantage of the down jacket is that it is relatively light and thin. They are also generally water resistant and ideal for outdoor activities, keeping you active even in the depths of winter. If you choose a well-designed jacket, it can serve as a fashion item as well as a practical winter accessory.
You might wonder if most of the body heat is actually escaping through the scalp, but the point is, wearing a beanie is much more comfortable in winter than not. If you live in a place where temperatures drop below freezing, then having a good beanie is a no-brainer. And good means a material that is both insulating and comfortable at the same time, because there is nothing worse than the itch of a beanie.
Opt for a model with a quality breathable wool, cotton or fleece lining. You also get more points for the one that looks stylish and matches your outfit. Gray, black, or navy are safe options, but you can also go burgundy or mustard to mix it up. Cups sit well on long or curly hair as well – but of course, be prepared for the inevitable cup hair that follows.
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Scarves are high on the list of must-have winter accessories. They are versatile, can also be worn during fall, and easily complement a variety of outfits thanks to their enormous layering potential. Not only that, but you can instantly feel the difference in warmth as soon as you slip one into your coat. The right scarf can just serve as a practical item – or be the centerpiece of your entire outfit.
As you will often return to your favorite scarves in winter, it is worth investing in quality materials. There are plenty of heavy knits, comfy wool, and plaid patterns to suit your style. You’ll want to arm your wardrobe with a stable of neutral colored scarves, but feel free to opt for an oversized or cheeky print scarf to amplify your look.
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You’re probably already thinking about buying some new boots for the coming winter, so why not grab a few extra style points while you’re at it? It is a winter accessory that is basically a must have for all men. Try as best you can to flex in the sneakers all year round, once the streets turn icy you will be looking for these boots.
The choice is plentiful here, so let’s narrow it down a bit. For a more professional look, you can opt for brogues, cap-toes or a more understated pair of Doc Martens. For recreation, you can opt for chunky hiking or snow boots to withstand snow up to the ankles, or if you like a simple and rugged classic, the Timberland is a very reliable option and also looks great with a Jeans.
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While you might prefer to face the cold without them, a good pair of gloves comes in handy and a good way to keep your iPhone from slipping with your dry fingers on the concrete. You might need them for work, for riding a motorcycle, or just because they look good. Suppose the latter.
Leather gloves are a classic choice to refine your look when worn with overcoats and dress shoes. There are also thermal fleece or wool gloves, and a plethora of lined, ribbed, and waterproof options to boot. Just be sure to check how well they insulate from the elements, as a glove’s effectiveness can seriously decrease once deep winter begins, especially when it gets wet.
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Next to hats, socks are a winter accessory that you can have fun with. Wear them on the ankle and show them under pants and jeans, or pair them with one of your other layers, an accessory – or something completely quirky and wacky.
Style aside, choosing quality materials will ensure you stay warm in the cold. Merino wool or cotton will almost always do the trick, but you can opt for a thermal design to get the best possible insulation. If you’re planning a hike, crew socks are a great choice, or for skiing your best bet is a pair that rests on the calves.
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While slippers conjure up images of tweed jackets and fireside pipes, they can in fact to add fire to an outfit rather than just being worn next to one. With plenty of leather and sneaker-style silhouettes available, you can feel right at home as you flex while buckets are snowing outside.
Other materials you can buy include velor, faux fur, and suede. Whether you prefer to slip them on when hosting dinner guests, or just because you like to walk around on the weekends, slippers are synonymous with luxury, comfort and even opulence. Many reasons to add a pair to your wardrobe.
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Why invest in stylish clothes to soak them during a downpour? Of course, you can avoid this with a sturdy umbrella, but it can also look stylish at the same time. Since they get easily lost in the pub or flip over in a windy day, buying inexpensive umbrellas is often the first choice. But spending a little more can pay off.
Compact umbrellas slip easily into a briefcase, but they are generally less comfortable to hold than a J-shaped handle. Stick umbrellas are more sturdy but will be more difficult to transport, on the train for example, so it is worth worth thinking about when you will use one to strike the right balance between functionality and style.
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