Cold weather brings chic accessories

Sophie Lewis

It is time to face the inevitable — cold weather has returned to New York City and very few people are ready for it. Each year we try to hold onto the last moments of summer and fall, but now we have to trade in those short shorts and crop tops for jeans and a big coat. A perfect way to transition into colder weather is by wearing accessories. Here are some of the most stylish winter accents that will keep you warm this season.

Wide-brimmed hats

Wide-brimmed hats are perfect for keeping hair in check while fighting against those cold winter winds. This style can be found in a variety of brim sizes, making them perfect for all face shapes. They are typically made in neutral colors like black, brown, beige and navy, so they are versatile enough to wear with most outfits. This hat was prominent at the Saint Laurent Fashion Week Fall/Winter ’14 runway show, and more affordable versions can be found at H&M, Forever 21 and Zara.

Beanies

Beanies are great for covering up day-old hair and for keeping ears warm in the frigid winter air.  The go-to hat of supermodel Cara Delevingne, the beanie’s popularity has skyrocketed over the last few seasons, especially with Delevingne’s beanie in her DKNY collaboration. They come in the largest variety of colors, fabrics and patterns. From edgier versions with studs and crystals, to cuter ones with pom-poms, there is a beanie out there for everyone. They are sold almost everywhere, but inexpensive beanies can be found at Urban Outfitters, Target and American Apparel.

Fingerless gloves

With the constant need to be on our phones, the average gloves without touchscreen sensitivity have become an issue. Fingerless gloves solve that problem. They do a great job of keeping hands warm and leaving fingers free to text your friend back or change the song on your iPod. These gloves are also quite diverse in style — they can be found in many fabrics, including knit wool, leather and cotton.  Extreme versions in embellished wool, metal and patent leather were found on the Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana and Kenneth Cole Fall/Winter ’14 runways, respectively, but cozy cotton gloves for everyday wear can be found at stores like Free People, Urban Outfitters and Cotton On.

Over-the-knee socks

No longer exclusively for school girl uniforms, over-the-knee socks have become very popular the last few seasons. While it is easy to layer sweaters, jackets and scarves, it is usually difficult to have more than one layer of warmth on your legs. These socks make it possible. They are great for providing that extra bit of warmth, but they also make an outfit look put-together and cozy. Over-the-knee socks were seen on the Tory Burch runway this season, are a staple for It girl Alexa Chung and can be found at affordable prices at Target, Steve Madden and Asos.

A version of this article appeared in the Wednesday, Nov. 12 print edition. Email Sophie Lewis at b[email protected]

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