30 Must Have winter Accessories

Winter sucks: It’s cold, it’s wet, and your pallor implies you’ve just seen a ghost. Unless, that is, you accessorize smartly. The right accessories can cover, stow, warm and highlight, even on the dreariest of days. And this year’s crop are so full of options – colourful or subdued, patterned or solid – it’s impossible not to have it your way.

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Hats

  • Classic

    Beanie? Toque? Whatever you call it, it’s a winter must. With a pom-pom or without (that’s up to you), just remember: The thicker it is, the warmer it will be. But also, the tighter it is, the bigger mess your hair will be. Find a comfortable fit and you’ll be able rock it all season long.

  • Bold

    Winter hats need not be modest. A wide-brimmed hat may seem like a summer-only sartorial choice, but no, sir! Find a stately chapeau with a thick, wooly texture, ideally in a solid colour. Tie a lightweight scarf around the lid for a little extra pizazz.

  • Retro

    Wearing a hat is an easy way to earn yourself instant style points. But not everyone wants to wear a toque, so what’s the alternative? A cloche is retro-cool, feminine and made of felt wool, so you’ll still be nice and toasty on chilly days.

"Wearing scarves in non-scarf weather is the essence of cool."
- Homer Simpson -

Scarves

  • Classic

    Every Canadian should have a plaid scarf. You can go bold with buffalo, scale down with gingham or opt for a muted princess check. The only limitation is your imagination. What are you waiting for?

  • Bold

    A light scarf might seem like the worst idea for winter but it’s not. Simple layering logic: Heavy layers weigh you down and restrict your movement; light layers allow you to move comfortably from outdoors in and back again.

  • Retro

    If you have to bundle up, you might as well do it with style. A blanket scarf is a girl’s best winter friend. It’s large, sure, but it will feel like a big hug on a dismal day. Plus, they drape beautifully and come in virtually every pattern and colour.

"Every woman should have a purse of her own."
- Susan B. Anthony -

Bags

  • An Evening Purse

    If you can, travel light. Think ChapStick, hand-warmers, gloves, money, keys and wallet. Burgundy is the colour of the season.

  • A Saddle Bag

    A matte burgundy is just as chic, and this mini bag will keep you down to the barest of essentials.

  • A Mom-Friendly Tote

    But a tote is totes a good idea if you’ve got more than your own load to carry. (Moms, this one’s for you.)

  • Something Fuzzy

    It is winter, so you’re going to see a lot of fuzzy things out there. Go for a tote that’s got it all: size, colour and softness.

  • A Classic Handbag

    A medium-sized handbag is popular for a reason: It’s got room to spare without being overbearing. A trapezoidal shape makes a purse look deceptively small.

  • Some Fringe

    If burgundy is the colour of the season, fringe is the detail. (The ’70s are back, y’know.) Used in small doses, it is the easiest way to add a bit of youth to an ensemble.

  • A Touch of Fur

    Back to fur. Men grow beards in the winter for a reason: They keep you warm. One touch of a pony or faux-fur bag and you’ll certainly have the warm fuzzies.

  • A Satchel

    Practical needn’t be bland. A satchel is strong, sturdy and can stand up to winter’s harshest weather. All while carrying your mints, tampons and Kindle.

  • A Bowler

    A bowler bag has a unique shape, yes, but that’s what makes it ideal for toting tons of stuff. You could theoretically carry a small child in this bad boy – don’t, but you could.

  • A Quilted Bag

    Winter has a way of turning wardrobes exclusively black and grey. Whoever said colour wasn’t for winter never met a vibrant, quilted handbag. Winter blues? Not anymore.

"And her old Uncle William used to say a lady is known by her shoes and her gloves."
- Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway -

Gloves

  • Classic

    Elbow-length is the cut of winter. Long is in, and darn it if it doesn’t look sophisticated. They’re so popular, you can find them with grommets, studs, faux-fur trim or exposed hardware.

  • Bold

    Not only are biker-style gloves in vogue, but they’re super practical, too. Cold car? Protect your hands from that icy steering wheel by throwing on a pair of these bad boys.

  • Retro

    Fringe has infiltrated every fashionable domain, including mittens and gloves. We love how it adds such wonderful movement. You’re an interesting person; show it off.

"These boots are made for walkin..."
- Nancy Sinatra -

Boots

  • A Bold Bootie

    If you’re going to wear a low-cut bootie, pair it with fleece-lined hosiery or a cable-knit sock. Just don’t leave those ankles exposed or you’ll be in a world of hurt.

  • Fuzzy Footwear

    The trends are easy to remember: ’70s details, natural textures and burgundy. Finding a bootie that has it all? Priceless.

  • A Sturdy Heel

    They may not seem modern but block heels are back. That, plus they are literally strong-like-bull and will keep you on your feet, not on your butt.

  • A Thigh-High Boot

    If you’re nice and tall, look for the same block heel but in a sexy, above-the-knee leather boot. Believe us, you will look amazing.

  • A Hint of Fringe

    For those who prefer subtlety, compromise: fringe with firm, structured tassels. You’ll notice a difference from the floppy variety.

  • Something Scandinavian

    We love a little Scandinavian design, and the look translates beautifully in a bootie. Aim for light-grain wood heels and soft greys or whites for the leather.

  • A Black Bootie

    Every woman should own a black boot. The heel can be modest or stacked or it can simply be flat. Either way, treat them right. Salt stains are the worst!

  • A New Take On Black

    Before you hate on black boots because they are so basic, know this: They don’t have to be. Look for natural textures and a playful linear pattern to break up the mundanity.

  • A Patent Pair

    The great thing about patent leather is it just looks shiny no matter what. Kind of perfect for those slushy days and nights, right? Just brush off the gunk and go.

  • A Chelsea Boot

    One of our favourite bootie options is a modern Chelsea boot. There’s a reason they have been around since 1851.