Be honest: You knew that uncomfortably warm winter we were experiencing just a few weeks ago wouldn’t last forever. With the first fear mongering snow of the year checked off the list — you can thank winter storm Jonas for that — it’s time to pull out your clunky snow boots, puffy jackets, and winter accessories out from hiding. We know: Ugh. Securing a stylish jacket or pair of winter boots is simple. Canada Goose’s array of puffers and L.L. Bean’s perpetually out of stock Bean Boots are now more status symbols than snowy necessities. But the selection of hats, scarves, and gloves available tend to be more ho-hum than high fashion. But thanks to a swarm of options in spiffy patterns, luxe fabrics, and cool silhouettes, it’s time to think again. Dear reader, the key to looking indisputably stylish (and cozy) this winter lies in the picks below.
1. Keep warm with an unexpected baseball cap
Thanks to the fashion world’s recent obsession with skate-inspired threads, sporting a skull cap this winter will no longer be a throwback to your “ska” days. Instead, it’s cool. But what if you wanted to deviate away from the typical hat this time around? Take this baseball cap from Pendleton out for a spin. Not only will the cool wool texture keep your scalp warm — the tan hue will add a nice pop of color to your otherwise black ensemble — and it even boasts ear flaps! Part Elmer Fudd, part street style star, and 100 percent interesting way to to mix up your winter wares.
2. Luxe gloves for a dressy occasion
First cardinal rule of upping your glove game? Ditch that awful fleece pair, immediately. They’re far from fashion-forward, and damp fleece can be uncomfortable mid-blizzard. Instead, opt for more luxurious fabrics that are equal parts versatile, cozy, and chic. This pair from Hestra costs a pretty penny; however, it’s soft peccary leather exterior and cashmere lining will keep you looking stylish and warm during any climate. Since these are so nice, save your luxe pair for more formal occasions: Business meetings, dinner parties, and date nights.
3. Stylishly subtle striped scarf
Finding a fashion-forward scarf, that doesn’t teeter on tacky, isn’t easy. Too plain, and you look like any other guy on the street. But too loud will have you looking out of place in a pristine winter wonderland. A happy medium? A stylishly subtle striped scarf — say that five times fast, we dare you. This wool-linen mix from Italian brand Barena Venezia will look just as chic with or without your coat: The light grey will look great with any colored coat, not to mention the stripes at each end of the scarf bring a fun touch to that chunky sweater and pair of jeans.
Pulling on a beanie doesn’t have to be boring. It could boast a fun weave, punchy pattern, or even a spunky pom-pom. Or, in the case of this Gucci pick, it could include all three fripperies. Sure, this hat may not be for everyone, but we can’t help but smile looking at this pom-pom-clad topper. This one will undeniably put a skip in your step, plus it’ll look chic when paired with a black dress coat, dark skinny jeans, and luxe sneakers.
5. Snow-friendly gloves
Face it: Your treasured fancy gloves aren’t appropriate for snowball fights. While your water repellent ones are more versatile, they’re not always the chicest. These from Polo Ralph Lauren are half leather, half nylon. Translation? They’re more snow-friendly than your suede gloves yet durable unlike your floppy knit ones. And aesthetically speaking, the quilted element gives this pair an outdoorsy spirit.
6. A tactile scarf
On the coldest winter days, nothing sounds better than wrapping yourself in a thick, crocheted sweater. Unfortunately, wearing a blanket beyond the confines of your house isn’t in style, but a texturized scarf totally is. A knit, crocheted, or super soft option will not only be insanely insulating, it’ll also add an extra dimension to even the most monochromatic ensemble. Any color way would work for this, but we’re particular fond of this dark grey shade from Calvin Klein because it will literally work with anything.
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