Despite what the calendar reads, winter weather is officially upon us. The biting cold, bitter wind and slushy sleet is enough to make one want to curl up and hibernate until spring. But when a busy schedule beckons, it’s inevitable that we’ll all have to brave the chill sometime. We can do our part to beat the winter blues by creating the perfect cold weather uniformâ€”one that can serve its purpose of keeping us warm and toasty without sacrificing the chic. A gorgeous coat is an obvious must. But what about the rest? For fall/winter of this year, designers seemed determined to transform cold weather accessories from frumpy to fab in visions of cashmere, leather, and fur. Like any outfit, the accessories complete the look and in this case, can transform any abominable snow monster into a stylish snow queen.
Experts say you lose the most amount of heat from an uncovered head. So why not snap up a topper that’s toasty as well as on trend. Few fabrics have as luxe a quality as cashmere and Armani seemed to understand this in his Emporio Armani Fall 2009 RTW runway. His collection brimmed with pieces in the decadently soft fabric, one of the standouts being his thick, black cashmere beret. With a nod to Parisian elegance, the black beret will undoubtedly be a warm and stylish option until the end of time. The connoisseur of caps, designer Eugenia Kim, makes a sleek pleated version that channels the same level of chic.
Who can resist a dose of drama when dressing for the outdoors? More and more collections unveiled fur neck wraps for this season, a glamorous alternative to a scarf. The king of dramatic designs, Christian Lacroix, featured a variety of neck wraps in his Fall 2009 Couture runway show. The furry wraps can double as an outdoor option, or as a fun, statement-making piece when worn inside. Pologeorgis offers a luscious, silk-lined red fox fur version that costs a fraction of what it looks to be worth. For more affordable still, fake fur is the always a smart and style-savvy pick.
The daily commute during the cold weather months seems like one never-ending sea of black. Spice up the mundane scene with a shot of color that also keeps your digits warm. Instead of stuffing your fingers deep into pockets, or choosing an option in boring black, slip on a pair of saucy leather gloves in a bright, fire engine red. Even one small dose of color can brighten up the dullest of winter ensembles. Sportmax‘s fiery fingers truly stand out against a palette of black and white, but any color can complement this surprisingly neutral tone. For an even edgier option, American Retro makes a sweet little pair that comes equipped with metal studs.
So once your head, neck and hands are covered, the last to be prepped for the elements are your ten little piggies. Boots are a staple for all seasons, but when they the snow starts to fall, it’s trickier to find a balance between fashion and function. The latest over-the-knee styles have some serious savoir-faire, especially when concocted out of buttery suede. Giles Deacon‘s structural shapes boast an undeniable sexiness while still keeping the legs properly covered. A simpler style by Dolce Vita sports a lower heel to avoid slips, but without sacrificing any of the provocative appeal.
Bundling up for the winter no longer has to mean layers and layers of dowdy decorations. Any one of these strategically placed adornments can offer all the comforts you need to get through the long, dark days of winter while still providing a polished and pulled-together look.
Look 1: Cashmere Beret
Runway Emporio Armani Fall 2009 RTW NYMag.com
Real Way Eugenia Kim Emeline Cashmere Beret $213
Look 2: Fur Neck Wrap
Runway Christian Lacroix Fall 2009 RTWÂ¬â€ NYMag.com
Real Way Pologeorgis Fox Fur Loop Sale $277.99
Look 3: Leather Gloves
Runway Sportmax Fall 2009 RTW NYMag.com
Real Way American Retro Stud Gloves Sale $185
Look 4: Suede Boots
Runway Giles Deacon Fall 2009 RTW NYMag.com
Real Way DV by Dolce Vita Nathan Sale $175