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6 Great Accessories for Colder Months

Sleeveless red vestEvery 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.

Dark, woven scarf on mannequin

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!

Black, stiletto-heeled bootie with zippers

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.

6. Ponchos

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!


Brand We Love: Carhartt

When you picture workwear that is sturdy, functional and good-looking, you probably immediately think of Carhartt, and with good reason. Carhartt has been leading the pack when it comes to clothing for hard-working men and women since the brand was first established in 1889.

This time-honored brand isn't showing any signs of slowing down, either. Today the brand produces a wide range of jackets, hats, footwear, and accessories for men, women, and children. Let's take a closer look at what makes Carhartt such a dependable and beloved brand.

Amazing Durability

Carhartt merchandise is well known for a lot of fantastic things, but durability is definitely at the top of the list. When Carhartt was first established, its apparel - including their original overalls - was designed with the rigors of the rail industry in mind. It had to be much sturdier than any other type of clothing, and Carhartt delivered in a big way.

Although a lot has changed since 1889, the need for tough clothing suitable for hard-working people certainly hasn't. Harsh environments, rigorous labor, and a growing variety of rough conditions demand the kind of reliability Carhartt has always brought to the table.

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Unparalleled Integrity

Carhartt is well aware that their average customer needs to know they can count on their clothing to stand up to any challenge. That's exactly why they thoroughly field test their existing and potential products on real people living real lives with their Carhartt Groundbreakers program.

Qualified participants in the program are hard-working folks that are part of the brand's target demographic. Each provides Carhartt with valuable feedback on products like jackets, hats, accessories, and more that allow the company to plan and improve their entire line. Carhartt also stands behind each and every one of the products they produce with an ironclad warranty that covers manufacturing defects of all kinds, so customers know they're dealing with a brand they can trust.

Phenomenal Value

Carhartt is also well-known for providing their customers with an incredible value for the money they pay. Thanks to rigorous testing, flawless quality control, and use of only the very best materials, Carhartt products are built to last, and then some. If you invest in a Carhartt jacket, pair of gloves, or set of coveralls, you won't need to replace it for a long time to come, even if you do work (or play) under harsh conditions. Instead of a shirt lasting only a few months, you'll have one that lasts for years, instead.

Carhartt is incredibly safe, to boot. This is clothing that can survive extreme temperatures, stand up to heavy use, and resist even the worst abuse. Whether you're looking for a coat that can keep you warm while you work in a butcher's freezer or a vest that will keep you visible during a night construction job, Carhartt totally has you covered.

Totally Fashionable

Carhartt products aren't just functional, either. Their streamlined designs, superior craftsmanship, and solid good looks make them fashionable as well. This is especially the case when it comes to winter wear and other types of cold weather clothing.

People like knowing that their favorite quilted Carhartt jacket will be with them year, after year, after year because of how well it's made. They also like being able to rest assured in the knowledge that they've got clothing capable of looking great even in truly nasty weather. No wonder Carhartt is the go-to brand for people who love to camp, hike, and work with their hands all year round!

Things You Might Not Know About Carhartt

Like most iconic brands, Carhartt's made its mark on popular culture, as well. Did you know the following informational tidbits about your favorite all-weather brand?

  • Multiple main characters in the blockbuster Matthew McConaughey film Interstellar wear Carhartt jackets.

  • The NCIS character Leroy Jethro Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) is a big fan of Carhartt, as well. The character has sported many different items, including Carhartt shirts, hats, and jackets.

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