Frigid temps and blustery winter weather may find you running for cover, but why not sail through winter feeling warm and looking stylish from head to toe?
A fashionable hat, some colourful and patterned scarves, gloves and a pair of serious winter boots can weather most storms.
Faux fur and fur-trimmed Cossack and trapper-style hats in solid and checked patterns – as well as new variations on slouchy toques – all make the scene.
“I call my new hat the ‘Whimsical Slouchy,’” says London-based luxury knitwear designer Cindy Goble, of Cindy Goble Luxury Hand Knits. Her unique design is crafted of soft, luxurious yarns including merino wool, sheared beaver, mohair, silk and alpaca and is topped by a removable fur pom-pom.
Natural and colourful real and faux fur scarves are popular notions, as are super-soft Cashmink scarves that run the rainbow of colour, texture and pattern – sometimes all on the same scarf.
“Many scarves feature interesting combinations of patterns,” says Sharon Lehman, owner of LifeStyles Women’s Wear in London.
Chunky, textured and open-weave, knit-fringed, infinity scarves make the scene, as do others made of crinkly and smooth materials in patterns ranging from classic checks and plaids to floral, ikat and animal prints.
“Having a selection of warm and toasty scarves and gloves will update your winter coats and outfits in a flash,” adds Lehman.