11 Cute Winter Accessories To Help You Stay Warm

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With temperatures already dropping below zero here in Toronto, it’s time to start taking the weather into consideration before heading out the door. And when a hoodie or a jean jacket simply won’t do by itself anymore, winter accessories that’ll keep you warm come in to play. Think chunky knits, faux fur, the softest wool, and so on. 

The first flurries that fall from the sky are a good indication of when you should be stockpiling your wares for the rest of the winter. Not to mention an opportune time to ask grandma to put her knitting needles to work. Though instead of getting grandma to produce a season’s worth of mitts and scarves, we’ll show you some that you can buy. (Quit it, humbug.)

Here are 11 cute Winter accessories that’ll help you stay warm this season. 

Faux Fur Ear muffs
H&M

Faux Fur Ear muffs

Ear muffs are perhaps one of the most underrated winter accessories of recent years. These babies are perfect for those days when you’re hair is done up and you don’t want to wreck it, or for a cheeky touch to your #ootd. There are so many different shapes, sizes, colours, and textures, oh my!

$14.99 at H&M
A Cozy Blanket Scarf
Chapters Indigo

A Cozy Blanket Scarf

Throughout the coldest months of the year, skip the dingy neck scarf and get yourself a blanket. Yes, a blanket scarf, like this one from Chapters Indigo. Why not take a pass on something that barely covers your decolletage in favour of a piece that you can literally wrap your entire body in?

$37.12 at Chapters Indigo
A Pair Of Leg Warmers
Anthropologie

A Pair Of Leg Warmers

Will leg warmers ever go out of style? Or are they too much of a necessity? Leg warmers are exactly what you want to layer over top of nylons for your daily commute, or what you need underneath a pair of knee-high boots. There’s nothing wrong with a sporting a little ’80s flare at the office – just look at this pair from Free People.

$24 at Anthropologie
A Good Ol’ Beanie
Frank And Oak

A Good Ol’ Beanie

Besides a nice pair of homemade mittens, a trusty beanie might be the most essential winter accessory there is. In order to avoid frostbite of the ear lobes on especially windy days, wear yours accordingly. We suggest rocking this one from Frank And Oak.

$49 at Frank And Oak
A Stripe Toque

A Stripe Toque

If you want to add a little spice to your beanie, a pattern is the way to do it! We particularly love this stripe 100% Merino toque from Tilley, which features a hidden pocket for stashing your small, pint-sized belongings and is subtle enough to wear with any winter outfit.

$58 at Tilley
Techy Gloves
Lululemon

Techy Gloves

Of course you need gloves with touch screen-compatible fingertips so that you don’t have to take them off in order to operate your phone! Why make keeping your hands snug so hard when it can be so darn easy with a pair of display-sensitive mitts? Snatch these up before your skin comes in contact with the frigid cold.

$52 at Lululemon
A Knitted Headband
ASOS

A Knitted Headband

Knitted headbands are a stylish alternative to ear muffs and a great multi-purpose winter accessory for the fact that they’ll keep your hair from falling into your face. A seriously windy winter day will do some damage to anyone’s mane, and whether yours is short or long, a knitted headband is able to keep your part in place. Take this one from ASOS for example.

$35 at ASOS
A Warm Poncho
Free People

A Warm Poncho

Rain or snow, a poncho is the way to go for that extra bit of warmth; especially when you don’t want to carry a coat. Ideal for a mild winter day or one you plan on spending inside, a poncho can be one of the most practical yet unexpected additions to an outfit. If you’re not sure you can pull one off, think again – wrapping up in something bigger than a blanket scarf with lots of layers is a foolproof way of looking chic but staying extremely comfortable at the same time.

$103 at Free People
Boot Cuffs
Boot Cuff Socks

Boot Cuffs

If you’ve been struggling to find a sock that’s long enough to protect you from getting blisters, thick enough to keep your gams warm, or cute enough to peak above the height of your wellies, then we’ve got your answer: boot cuffs. They’ll add that much more to whatever you have on and are an easy solution to making your favourite pair of booties look like a completely different shoe.

$14 at Boot Cuff Socks
A Chic Neckerchief
Banded

A Chic Neckerchief

If you can wear a hankerchief around your neck, then what’s stopping you from tying one in your hair? Absolutely nothing. Get creative and turn that old bandana you have into a staple accessory, or treat yourself to a new one that also comes attached to a fun scrunchie. You’ll have no need to worry about an icy breeze getting passed the collar of your favourite mock neck anymore.

$16 at Banded
A Balaclava
FarFetch

A Balaclava

OK, yes — we’ve saved the most extreme for last, but to say that wearing a balaclava around town is unnecessary or ridiculous in trying to protect your skin from windchill couldn’t be farther from the truth. As one of the most compelling trends to come off the past two fall/winter runways, you’ll never appear uninteresting to passersby on your way home from work, but you’ll always be the warmest among them. Nothing could better prepare you for an extra crisp morningl, so be sure to scoop one up.

$376 at FarFetch

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