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The Stylish (& Practical!) Accessories Keeping Our Staffers Warm This Winter

How to look and feel good as you brave the chilly temps.

By: Camille Freestone

The key to surviving brutal temperatures is to properly dress for them—anyone who lives in the north is familiar with the horrible feeling of a neck, hand, or ear left exposed to the piercing wind. The aforementioned leaves the wearer with the perfect excuse to indulge in a few accessories that serve a more practical purpose than usual. A chunky knit scarf, a cozy beanie, an all-weather boot—all are essential to hiding as much skin as possible anytime we brave the outdoors. Our staffers have found practical yet chic ways to stay warm this winter—ahead, shop their favorites.

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Jessica Teves, Head of Content

L.L.Bean Women’s Bean 10” Shearling-lined Boots

$229

My ride-or-die winter boots. Nothing, and I mean nothing, beats these old-school boots from the Bean. The shearling lining makes you feel like you’re wearing slippers, and the all-weather outside makes it the perfect shoe for any season, particularly winter.

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Neiman Marcus Men’s Ribbed Cashmere Socks

$55

I grew up in Florida, so I’ll come right out and say that layering is still sort of new to me—you don’t really need socks, a hat, and jacket when it’s 95 degrees outside. Anyways, now that I’m a real New Yorker, I’ve learned that keeping my extremities warm—particularly, my feet—is the key, and these cashmere socks get the job done. Your toesies will thank you!

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CHANEL Cashmere & Silk Beanie

$575

I get it—hats are a necessity in the winter. That said, they’re really annoying to wear with a face mask and sunglasses (literally, my face feels suffocated). So if you’re going to throw a beanie on your head, make it a good one. This cashmere-and-silk version from CHANEL is just the ticket.

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Leya Kaufman, Head of Sales

Stuart Weitzman Kolbie Leather Combat Boots

$675

Every winter, I look for a fashionably functional boot that can withstand the elements and make my go-to cold-weather uniform of fleece-lined leggings appear chic. So this year I’m all in for these lace-up combat booties. They’re wide enough to glide over a heavy sock, but structured with gold detailing for the ultimate style statement.

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H&M Knit Headband

$13

While I’ve never been able to pull off the embellished indoor headband trend, knitwear is an entirely different story. I can dress a piece like this up or down...or just rely on it for the additional warmth. I also keep a few knit hats and headbands stashed in all my coat pockets, which makes a style steal like this a must-buy every year.

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Fendi Forever Fendi Scarf

$530

I’ve been trying to slowly build a new wardrobe of accessories in beige, camel, and nude hues to complement my collection of forever fashion staples in black. While it might be as simple as throwing on an unexpected scarf, I really feel an accessory like this can brighten my whole look.

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Hannah Baxter, Senior Beauty Editor

Eugenia Kim Owen Leather-trimmed Faux Fur Hat

$345

This hat is pretty self-explanatory. Who doesn’t want to be this fabulous and warm all at the same time?

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The Arrivals Sanné Scarf

$150

I’m sensitive to most scarves, but this cashmere-blend style is insanely soft and keeps me warm despite frigid NYC temperatures—no itchiness involved. I love the pop of color against a neutral coat, as well.

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Comme Si x Lichen Everyday Sock

$30

Never underestimate the power of a good sock to transform your outfit, especially in the fall and winter. I love this new collaboration between Comme Si and Lichen—the minty green colorway will pair perfectly with my favorite dad loafers.

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Camille Freestone, Writer

Handsome Stockholm Essentials

$180

A black leather glove is an essential in my winter wardrobe. They add a polished touch to pretty much any piece of outerwear in my repertoire, and they NEVER go out of style. For an extra dose of luxury, a cashmere (yes, you heard that right) lining will warm even the coldest of hands.

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Bleusalt The Wrap

$150

Is it a scarf? Is it a blanket? I’m not 100 percent sure, nor do I care. I can lounge around in it all day long as I work from the couch, then bundle it around my neck to brave the outdoors.

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Wolford Individual 10 Ankle-high Socks

$25 $20

Socks are the antidote to the winter plight of bare ankles. Opting for a sheer rendition is a fun way to modernize the simple accessory. They also appear slightly more formal—not that that is much of a concern this year—and pair well with a fancier shoe.

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Caroline Dunn, Affiliate Coordinator

Ganni Ribbed-knit Hat

$95

Like all things Ganni, this hat can elevate any look (bundled or otherwise). I’m a sucker for anything oatmeal-colored. An oatmeal hat can be thrown on with a black puffer or paired with an off-white fur to create an instantly chic winter white moment. Love!

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Ugg Fluff Yeah Slide

$100

These slippers have a cult following for a reason, and I am here to wholeheartedly endorse them. With a colorway for literally every mood, you can keep it neutral with the charcoal or go for a brighter pop with the cornflower multi-stripe. The hard bottom lets you run out of the house without having to take these cloud-like beauties off your feet, and we all deserve that these days.

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Donna Karan Evolution Semi-sheer Jersey Tights

$30

After a multi-year quest for a winter tight with just the right amount of opacity, I have found them. These tights feel so silky and durable, and they allow a semi-sheerness at 40 denier while still keeping your legs warm.

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