Carola Long: There are now gloves with missing thumb and index fingers that enable one to text while limiting frostbite
Saturday 28 November 2009
Winter is rubbish. You have to go home from work in the dark and the streets are covered in a lethally slippery leaf mulch. However, imagine how dull it would be if the seasons didn't change and we had to wear the same thing all year long, in some sort of summer-dress groundhog hell.
One of the few advantages to the bleak mid-winter is the chance to wear hats, gloves and scarves. It's the only time of the year when swaddling yourself up like a five-year-old Inuit is a fashion statement. A big scarf, even if it's cashmere leopard print and by Christopher Kane, still has the semblance of an ultra-practical purchase.
So when it comes to cosy accessories, what's hot (so to speak) and what's not? As anyone who listened carefully during GCSE biology lessons will tell you, most body heat is lost through the head, so a hat is one essential purchase that both Ranulph Fiennes and your mum would endorse. A classic woolly pom-pom is de rigueur, whether it's a single bobble or two ear-like bobbles as seen at Topshop. Bernstock Speirs' woolly hat with net veil juxtaposes Forties siren glamour and schoolgirl practicality, while Peter Jensen's polar-bear print hat with animal ears is downright adorable.
Next up, gloves. There are now gloves with missing thumb and index fingers that enable one to text away while limiting frostbite to just two digits (find them on etretouchy.com), but if fashion rather than frostbite is your main concern, then opt for leather elbow-length styles or fingerless elbow-length cashmere such as Brora's armwarmers.
Finally scarves and snoods, as seen at Missoni, are the neckwear du saison. Choose between a short tube that looks like a big knitted neck brace and a long floppy scarf with the ends tied together which facilitates some flattering 80s-style swathing around the neck and face. Try Banana Republic's romantically named Infinity Scarf or Toast's lovely emerald green Tundra Snood. Net-a-Porter has a kit to make your very own Peruvian Snood by the brand Wool and The Gang, but by the time you've knitted it, it might well have gone out of fashion.
Life & Style blogs
What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible
Overly-controlling parents cause their children lifelong psychological damage, says study
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
Star Wars BB-8 droid toy is real, should be impossible
Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
- 1 President Obama leaves touching comment on Humans of New York photo from Iran
- 2 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 3 The Chinese city where men have 'three girlfriends because there are so many women'
- 4 German police forced to ask public to stop bringing donations for refugees arriving by train
- 5 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We are currently looking to rec...
£20000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This national business publishi...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A great opportunity to join a p...
£23698 - £30978 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This not-for-profit company man...