Every season comes attached to its own unique set of wardrobe challenges, and winter is certainly no exception. Naturally, you want to stay toasty and comfortable no matter what type of weather the season might decide to send your way. However, that hardly means you're not interested in being stylish and looking your absolute best.
This year's best cold weather accessories are all about striking the perfect balance between practicality and fashion. Let's take a closer look at a few that deserve to be on everyone's fashion radar this winter.
1. Quilted Vests
The right outerwear options are absolutely essential when it comes to making it through the colder months in one piece. However, not every day is the right fit for a parka or a heavy overcoat. That's where quilted vests come in. They're robust enough to help protect you from even the chilliest winds but light enough for days when you'd just rather not bundle up completely.
Although neutrals are always smart, versatile choices, don't underestimate the fashion value of a more colorful alternative. This season's most sought-after quilted vests - like this gorgeous piece from Marmot - look incredible in delightfully juicy shades like cranberry, fuchsia, cobalt, and coral. Features like stand-up collars are also an absolute must.
2. Knit Beanies
Knit beanies and caps were all the rage throughout the 1990's for a reason. They were the perfect way to keep your head warm without sacrificing comfort, making them the perfect way to accessorize an effortlessly cool winter ensemble.
This season, beanies are back with a vengeance, and they're every bit as wearable as they always were. Look for dockworker styles in versatile neutrals that go well with all of this season's hottest colors. (This salty dog beanie from North Face is a great option.) Wear them on their own or layer them underneath hoods or other hats for additional warmth.
3. Infinity Scarves
Can you remember the last time a classic winter layered look wasn't made better by just the right scarf? We certainly can't! However, while just about anything goes when it comes to wear-worthy scarves this winter, our favorite offerings are elegant infinity loop scarves like this pretty cable knit scarf from C.C.
Go understated with smoky neutral tones like charcoal, chocolate, or slate. Add a touch of winter cheer to your more neutral ensembles with jewel tones like merlot or lapis. Wear your infinity scarves layered over turtlenecks and shirts or underneath stylish winter jackets for a chic look that's as easy to put together as it is fun to wear.
4. Slouch Socks
Naturally, the right pair of cozy socks is a winter must, especially when the temperatures really drop. However, this season's most sought-after socks are anything but ordinary. They're ultra-comfy slouch socks that are perfect for wearing with this season's ubiquitous leggings and skinny jeans.
Look for options in subtly colorful tones like heather, moss, and cadet blue. (We love these cozy cushioned socks from Smartwool.) Wear them with this season's contemporary booties or your favorite pair of tennis shoes. Add flair to an interesting layered look by pulling them on over tights and/or knee socks. They're wonderful for simply wearing around the house as well!
5. Embellished Booties
Booties have been everyone's go-to footwear pick since the first signs of fall, and they won't be going anywhere this winter. Versatile, comfortable, and stylish, they go fantastically with everything from skirts, to jeans, to leggings.
This winter, try booties in indispensable neutral colors that feature unique embellishments to catch the eye. Look for decorative zippers, buckles, studs, or leather folds. They're one of the best ways to add effortless flair and visual appeal to monochromatic outfits or otherwise basic looks.
As touched on above, this season we're seeing a lot of outerwear that goes beyond the quintessential jacket or overcoat, and ponchos are no exception. Ponchos represent the perfect way to add a dramatic touch of style to any outfit as well as add an extra layer of warmth. They're comfy, flattering, and look great on absolutely everyone. They're also very versatile, going well with everything from dresses, to skirts, to jeans.
Try a patterned piece like this cowl-necked striped poncho from Magic Scarf. It won't just look great all winter long. It will transition perfectly into spring when the time comes. Try it today!