How to make the most of your winter accessories, part 2
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Welcome back to revelation season, where warm accessories reign supreme and I have officially assumed the Swedish adage about there not being bad weather, only bad clothes as one among my own. I just have a feeling it’s going to snow a lot! Or even if it doesn’t, I just like long distance walking! And who knew how much more manageable it was/is to long distance walk with a hat on your head.
Speaking of which, let’s resume where we left off after scarves in the first installment with none other than:
Tip 1: Style a beanie with feminine earrings
The most obvious choice for cold-weather hat is a beanie because it’s the warmest (and most practical) option. Practical, I realize, because when you take it off, you can just tuck it into your pocket or bag. Such is not the case with a structured knot hat. The knot hat needs it own chair.
But back on beanies: the thing that bugs me about winter dressing is that all the layers are so dull and heavy, which means the looks we wear can quickly take on too masculine a cue. And that is underscored by the beanie — so when I’m wearing one, I make sure its to contrast a look that is more whimsical. Like a cape style coat:
Or something even more out there — a sequined leopard print knit.
But even if you’re wearing your classic every day coat and all the drab layers mentioned above, that’s totally okay because the style notes here are mostly to do with the earrings you pair with the beanies. They’re the pop of feminine life you give to the outfit, the reminder that suns rise again.
Subtle drop pearls feel like the most immediate no-brainer
Or a pair of shiny studs.
But lately, I am also drawn towards extravagant, long earrings like this (but really this) on the fine side or this on the playful side. I’ve done a collage just like this before, but here’s an edit of different pairings, incorporating good beanies that are out there rn.
One more thing I’ll say on hat: how you place it on your head matters! I push mine towards the back of my head for maximum back-of-ear coverage, and it makes a big difference as far as how it looks from the front. Example:
If a beanies not for you (which often it is not for me), we’re in luck because cold-weather hats are getting weird.
Tip 2: There’s never been a better time to wear a weird hat
The objective seems to be: keep your head warm and keep your head weird.
The best thing about them as far as I can tell is that the less interesting your outfit is, the better. Like pile all on the depressing heavy layers, eat your heart out with them! It doesn’t matter. The hat’s got you. The hat, and I guess…
Tip 1: Add it for whimsy so you don’t have to do anymore work
As evidenced by the above look and the overarching sentiment I keep drilling down on this month, it seems brooches could be the difference between a boring and slightly elevated outfit this winter. Look what that gold egg and the sun next to it for example did for the collar of my coat up above. Or maybe you remember from Tuesday’s edit how the fish popped off one of the scarf looks. The other way to do the brooch thing is with one that looks more like a corsage.
Same logic underpins the motivation behind what makes this one work, which is a dependably good outfit that might not be so interesting, but which will not fail you no matter when you wear it.
I guess the corsage gives it an air of whimsy and while this isn’t really a tip on how to use warm weather accessories to stay warm, there is something to be said about what a brooch adds to a coat.
And the extent to which it can change the coat’s constitution. It’s like prom, with the coat is your tender, loving date.
Here’s an edit building on the one from earlier this week that encompasses gold, silver and fabric pins.
The last category to touch on is gloves.
There are so many interesting things you can do with a pair of gloves — the way you can use a leather pair that is rendered in the same color as your wool coat to offset the fabric without deviating too far from it, or the opposite — using a printed knit pair to add delight and surprise to something plain, drab and black.
Tip 1: Add texture to your outfit by styling your coat with gloves of a different fabric
But my preferred use of gloves comes after you’ve used them and is more wrapped up in what to do with them.
Tip 2: Your gloves as a jacket accessory
Stick them in your pockets and make them part of the outfit. Hold them as a coat clasp. Tuck them into your coat belt.
It’s all very Schiaparelli, very surrealist. Very Magritte or Claire Olshan. You can even possibly use one of the brooches from tip 1 to pin the gloves into your pocket. This will insure they stay put.
And it works on the outside of an outfit too — like when you walk into a store or any other place that no longer requires you wear them, instead of stuffing your gloves into your pocket, try letting them hang out of your coat pocket as if you yourself were an objet d’art, only better because you’re human and sensible and real.
And also because you had the foresight to match your scrunchie to your gloves.
Here’s a tight edit of some gloves, broken up by leather and knit. The main style notes are: if you’re going with leather gloves, go for a pair with no hardware or insignia, they’re easier to manage with the rest of your cold weather shit. Also, they are a good contrast to wool coats.
And if you don’t like leather gloves (I like them only sometimes), I say that assuming your coat is black, navy, charcoal grey or brown, you want to wear knit ones that are a lighter color. If your coat is really neutral, a print could be cute, but not too cute. Try a fair isle.
Alright, that concludes this edition of The Cereal Aisle, but do let me know: do you like when posts are broken up over series like this?