It took me seven years East Coast winters to figure out, but ear muffs are essential to staying warm when the temperatures drop. You could be bundled up in your warm coat, gloves and scarf, with two sweaters and long johns layered underneath, but if your ears are exposed, you will still feel frozen. Not even listening to your favorite song on your iPod will distract from the feeling of your lobes growing painfully numb. I hope the genius at American Eagle Outfitters who realized the obvious and created earmuffs with built-in headphones got a promotion and a raise. Now listening to your favorite song will keep your ears from getting frostbite and falling off. Rad! [$19.50, American Eagle Outfitters]
As a dog owner, I spend a lot of time outside during the dead of winter, clutching a leash or tossing a ball at the snow-covered park. I am also a native Californian, and even after 10 years on the East Coast, I haven’t quite acclimated to temperatures below 50 degrees. As a result, super warm winter accessories are everything to me. However, I have the habit of losing scarves, gloves, and hats, so I don’t like to shell out a ton of dough for them. That’s why I was so stoked — see, still got a Cali girl hiding inside me — to find these fleece-lined mittens at H&M. They’re majorly cost-effective and feel like a cocoon of clouds around my paws. Like Uggs for your hands, only not as ugly!
Scandinavian designers have engineered some of my finest Ikea furniture. And now they’ve manufactured The Twosome Blanket, perfect for peeps who want to fool around in the frostiest of climates. For 310 buckaroos, you’ll never have to worry about being warm when you’re naked in the winter again. Hooray! However, that redheaded spokesman looks Creepy McCrazy-satisfied with his purchase. So, alas, while it’s made of 100 percent Icelandic wool, it runs the risk of making you look as nutty as Iceland’s other famous export, Bjork. [Dear/From]
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The only person I can ever remember wearing a muff was Samantha Parkington of the American Girl doll collection. I was pretty keen on Sam’s Victorian style back in the day, so I’m inclined to say that I’d totally rock an old-school muff. Benefits: it’s hard to lose, easier on/off than gloves, and definitely something different. Of course there are downsides: it’s big and bulky, it doesn’t give your hands protection if you actually need to use them, and it’s different. (Too different?) Would you wear a muff? Let us know! [Urban Outfitters]
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I’m all for accessories that make a strong statement, but let’s make sure that statement isn’t, “I just stopped by the pet store and strapped a couple angry guinea pigs to my head.” And for $165? You could buy one pair of normal sized, reasonably priced ear muffs and, like, 10 happy guinea pigs. I mean, if you were into the guinea pig thing. [Shopbop] Keep reading »
This pretty hand-knit circle scarf will not only keep your neck warm during the winter, it also encourages you to ponder deep questions, like “Where does the scarf end, and where does it begin?”
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Off the top off our heads, heh, people who wear berets: Beatniks, Parisians, Carrie Bradshaw trying to look like a dumb Parisian, models in the Spiegel catalogue, women in the ’80s.
That doesn’t paint the most appealing of pictures. While the beret has been around in fashion circles for ages, you probably haven’t had one in your closet in years. Then again, did you ever? These hats are pretty intimidating. Wearing one definitely makes a statement, and not everyone can pull it off without looking like they just walked out of a costume shop.Yet it looks like they’re making a comeback, as we’ve noticed the winter accessories popping up in new shipments at some trendy stores like Topshop, and even the more high-concept Oak in NYC. This season, Eugenia Kim‘s take on the beret has a Scottish vibe with a plaid print and showy pom-pom. Maybe these are novelty items on the shelves, but the fact that American Apparel is now selling a unisex (of course) beret as well is a sign that the masses are biting. You know what happens when hipsters start wearing something “original.” (Hint: It becomes the most common style out there.)
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When the cold weather hits, looking hot isn’t an easy thing to achieve. In many cases, an attempt to stay warm can result in a Marshmallow Man phenomenon, something that wasn’t even stylish in 1984. Check out these scarves, gloves, and other winter warmers that will dress you up, but not necessarily weigh you down. Keep reading »
We’ve noticed Ombré fashion everywhere this season. Ombré is a French term meaning “shaded.” Have you ever noticed a shirt or something else that gradiates from a light color to a darker color? Well that’s ombré. Since wearing bands of color is difficult for some people, you can also find ombré accessories. Gloves, handbags and even shoes, basically anything you can think of. So after the jump check out our picks for this season’s best ombré finds. Keep reading »