FASHION

The Chicest Cold Weather Accessories to Keep to Looking Cool… and Warm

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(Original story published on Wednesday October 30th, 2014 on Slice.ca.)

From your new plaid button-downs and chunky cardigans to ankle boots and distressed jeans, it seems like your wardrobe is perfectly equipped for these crisp days of fall. But as every true Canadian knows, classic frosty temperatures are on the way. So what does that mean? It’s time to stock up on cold weather accessories now. Like, right now.

We’ve rounded up the chicest hats, mitts, scarves and socks that will keep you cozy without hindering your sartorial status.

Winter’s looking up already.

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1. This is Not a Hat

Paying homage to artist, René Magritte’s famous quote, “ceci n’est pas un chapeau,” Eugenia Kim’s Margitte Alpaca Beanie (US $215) will add a cool-girl touch to any look, whether you’re heading to the office or exploring the city on the weekend.

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2. Windowpane Scarf

For a scarf that will pair perfectly with just about any coat you already own, go for Club Monaco’s D’sarci Scarf ($129) featuring a black and white windowpane print.

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3. Warm & Cozy Tootsies

Have a long commute? Your toes are bound to feel frozen. Try wearing these Cozy Colorblock Socks ($10) inside your winter boots for an extra thick layer of warmth.

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4. Feline Frenzy

Inject a feline edge to any look with this cat-inspired Talula Lugo Hat ($25) from Aritzia.

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5. Layer on the Textures

A surefire way to a achieve cool layered look? Mix and match textures. Try pairing Banana Republic’s Faux-Fur Infinity Scarf($115) with a wool knit, leather jacket and jeans.

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6. Minnie Mouse Muffs

Go the fun and feminine route with your outerwear look and opt for Kate Spade’s Fur Earmuff with Bow Headband (US $88). We think Minnie Mouse would approve.

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7. Leopard is a Neutral

According to J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons, leopard is a neutral, and we couldn’t agree more. Make your outerwear ensembles stand out by opting for an accessory like Ted Baker’s Leopard Print Gloves ($148) which will add an edgy touch to any your look.

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8. The Floppy Hat

An easy way to gain some extra style points to even the most simple look is with a cool floppy hat, like this version from J.Crew (US $76).

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9. The Snood

Add a healthy dose of prints to any outfit with Tory Burch’s Ocelot Leopard Infinity Scarf (US $175).

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10. Popcorn Mittens

For the coziest mittens that pack a serious punch of texture, go for Anthropologie’s Popcorn Mittens(US $28).

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11. Ski-Lodge Ready

To us, fair isle knits are the quintessential items of the winter season, and ASOS’s Fair Isle Headband ($17) makes us want to hit the slopes, stat.

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12. Juicy Bright Plaid

We associate plaid with being the perfect print for chilly days, and this tutti fruiti Amanda Square Scarf ($40) from Roots is a fun update on the classic print.

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13. Leather Gloves

Whether in black, neutral, or a bright, bold hue, leather gloves are a must. For a budget-friendly option, go for this pair from H&M ($30).

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14. Navajo-Inspired

The perfect winter print, it would just be wrong not to have a great navajo piece in your cold-weather wardrobe. For an easy way to rock the print, go with Zara’s Patterned Jacquard Scarf($60).

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15. The Pompom

Add a child-like touch to your classic outerwear look with a fun pompom-embellished hat, like Joe Fresh’s version in grey mix ($16).

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16. Sports Fan

No need to give up your go-to hat style, just because the temperatures have dropped. You can wear your cool-girl baseball cap and stay warm, with Urban Outfitters’ cozy Gat Rimon Plaid Cappy Baseball Hat (US $134).

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17. The Oversized Scarf

There are those pieces every season that may be a tad pricey, but are so worth it in the long run. Take White + Warren’s Cashmere Travel Wrap Scarf ($337), for example. Not only is it the most chic, warm and cozy scarf for any day of the season, it doubles as a shawl for chilly days at the office or airplane rides.

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16. The Classic Plaid Scarf

Pairing perfectly with your anorak, leather bomber, denim jacket, and winter coat, Madewell’s Mistplaid Scarf (US $65) is a total no-brainer.

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19. The Classic Beanie

A great beanie tends to be our go-to accessory for about eight months out of every year. What other wardrobe staple keeps you warm, takes your outfit up a few style notches and conceals your bad hair day? For a cool, ribbed option, go for Topshop’s Fisherman Knit Beanie (£12).

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20. The Rabbit Hair Scarf

Boasting a winter-perfect print and rabbit fur feel, 424 FIFTH’s Oversized Reversible Rabbit Scarf (was $179, now $125) is just right for snowy dates and holiday affairs.

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