Baby, it’s cold outside
"But you can be fashionably warm with the right footwear and accessories"
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.
"Don’t be afraid of sexy"
Protecting your head, hands and feet is vital when the temperature drops.
Fabric and leather texting gloves that allow ease of digital action without taking your gloves off are a popular notion, as are gloves trimmed with real and faux fur.
“I can barely keep these black, knit lace-up, fur-trimmed, fingerless gloves in stock,” says Kim Ariesen, proprietor of Studio Style Ladies Apparel and Accessories in Port Stanley.
Tall and ankle boots on heels of varied heights with decorative zippers and buckles give winter the boot, as do those fashioned from luxurious materials like suede and shearling.
“Don’t be afraid of sexy, rich-looking black suede boots, which are pre-treated for low maintenance,” says Patti Mugford- Pooley, general manager of Mugford’s Shoes.
Practical lug soles are stylish and provide welcome traction on some styles.
“Our customers are happy that there are so many stylish boots that are both comfortable and warm this season,” notes Mugford- Pooley.