To say this winter is going to be different is an understatement. There are a lot of things out of our control which is not easy for any of us. But we can control how we dress, and being properly equipped for the upcoming cold weather is one easy way to do just that. Accessories like hats, gloves, scarves and gaiters can help us feel protected and warm, and also add some style to our outerwear. With most of us spending a lot more time at home, enjoying the great outdoors (no matter how cold it gets) will be extra appealing, so why not treat yourself to a stylish new accessory or two?
New this season are accessories geared to help us navigate the Covid world we find ourselves in. Beanies with an attachable matching face mask will be practical for all of our cold weather pursuits (and will probably fly off the shelves.) Warm gaiters or bandanas with nose wires can be worn when we might need to quickly cover our faces. Errand gloves and gloves with reflective properties will make shopping trips and exercising outdoors after dark a bit safer. If you are looking for something trendy and non-Covid related, bucket hats and berets are seeing a huge surge in interest due to the popularity of Netflix’s Emily in Paris.
Here is my roundup of cold weather accessories whether you are looking for practical choices or just some fun, stylish pieces to add to your winter wardrobe.
Lined with soft jersey, this face covering buttons easily onto its matching beanie, making it perfect for time spent outdoors. Its reusable design can be disinfected or washed after each wear. Also in tan and black.
Bucket hat searches increased over 300% in the two weeks following the release of Emily in Paris. Why not try one? Also a great gift for a teen or twenty-something daughter.
Having to carry a Beanie, Scarf, & now a Face Cover is frustrating and annoying, but by combining all 3 into a single, functional piece, you can easily tackle your day stylish, warm, and protected! Available in several colors.
If you have seen Emily in Paris you know why wool berets are suddenly all the rage. Lots of positive reviews and available in five colors. Would make a great gift.
This textured bucket hat from Athropologie will complete any ensemble with charm. Also in black and taupe prints.
These earmuffs from the GAP have a comfortable headband and soft knit to cover ears. On sale right now. Available in three colors, with matching scarf and mittens available.
A floral embroidery along the brim adds extra flair to this beanie from Free People. Also in blush. Over 70% off right now at Nordstrom Rack.
Gaiters, Scarfs & Bandanas
Neck gaiters are a great choice when you want the versatility to occasionally cover your face during Covid. This reversible one from Smartwool comes in 6 beautiful patterns. In my cart now.
This soft, breathable bandana from Athleta has a nose wire to keep it in place and is a practical choice for hiking or walking. In a two pack, so you can share one. Final sale.
Made of soft bucle knit, this cozy scarf is available in navy and grey too. Matching hat and mittens available. On sale this week.
The Buff Polar Reversible headwear is made with warm Polartec® fleece on one side and the original Buff on the other. Available in four colors. Some are backordered so don’t hesitate if you see one you like. Would make a nice gift for the men in your life too.
LLBean designed this wool scarf to be long enough for easier wrapping. Wonderfully soft and warm in premium wool. Would look great with a red beret!
Play with pattern in this fringed scarf from Barbour that reverses from colorful tartan to a cheery windowpane check.
Although not a scarf, I found this new sports mask from Under Armour. It has the airflow you need, a cool feel, and the best fit for running or training. Pre-order now.
Stay cozy in this oversized fringe trimmed ribbed knit scarf from Free People. Available in four colors and half off right now at Nordstrom Rack.
Gloves and Mittens
From Echo, these lightweight errand touch gloves are ideal for grocery shopping, pumping gas or running errands when you want to minimize contact with surfaces. In 4 colors and on sale right now.
These touchscreen compatible stretchy gloves have a small pocket at wrist for a key. They have reflective details ideal for early morning or after dusk outside workouts. Plus they look cool! In 3 colors.
Give your look so much eye-catching texture with these fingerless gloves from Echo in a cozy knit. Trimmed with rabbit fur, they’re fashionable and oh-so-cozy. Available in 5 colors and on sale right now.
From Echo, these plaid touch gloves will liven up an all black ensemble. Also in blue and red.
Cozy cashmere gloves from Halogen with ribbed cuffs keep your fingers free for texting. In five colors and great for gift-giving.
Lululemon’s Sherpa Weave Mittens are lined with warm, softer-than-soft sherpa fleece fabric. Fold-over hood protects your fingers from the cold. Also available in black, with matching hat.
Trimmed with pearls, these gloves from Echo add sparkle to your look, Perfect for the coldest winter days in sheepskin leather with a pure wool lining. Also in red and on sale right now.