Winter jackets, accessories complement trendy outfits


Top off your outfit this winter with thick, monochromatic knit beanies. These cozy accessories keep you warm and stylish.

By Sabreena Saleem

Stay warm this winter with cozy coats and accessories that don’t compromise your style.


Though scarves have always been a cold weather essential, these accessories change with seasonal and yearly trends.

This winter is all about wool and knit scarves varying from solid earth tones like burnt orange and forest green to monochromatic geometric patterns.

While classic long, rectangular scarves never go out of style, more fashion-forward looks may require an infinity scarf, also called a circle scarf or snood. These trendy scarves, which come in stitched, plaited and even faux-fur textures, require no wrapping or tying and lie cozily around your neck with no effort.


Beanies — round, close-fitting winter hats — have become more of a fashion statement, but it’s important to remember their original function: keeping you warm.

While slouchy and pom beanies are perfect for a bad hair day or adding an edgy touch to a outfit, thick knit beanies are a must-have. Like scarves, monochromatic beanies are trending with faux fur poms, heathered textures and rich autumn colors like mustard yellow and soft beige. As always, you can’t go wrong with a slouchy black ribbed beanie — the pom is optional.

Hand warmers

Our parents won’t like this one, but it’s worth it to ditch gloves and grab hand warmers in an age of constant texting and smartphone use.

Past winter trends have brought us fingerless gloves, but hand warmers have replaced them. These fingerless mittens cover just enough of the hands to keep them warm but functional, and they come in all of the trending colors and textures other winter accessories do.

Ultra-light down coat liners

A number of companies, including Uniqlo, Columbia and The North Face, make ultra-light down jackets that work perfectly as coat liners.

These soft, puffy jackets are warmer than they look and are thin enough to fit under most coats. I’m guilty of purchasing coats that are more fashionable than warm, and investing in one of these liners has allowed me to swap out bulky parkas with all of my favorite trendy fall coats while staying cozy and warm.

Parkas, pea coats and bombers

Coats this season have gone back to basics.

Rather than last year’s over-the-top long, belted trenches and oversized double-breasted coats adorned in faux-fur, this winter’s trends are more simple. Solid, ski-inspired bombers in bright sporty colors and neutral-toned parkas are perfect for casual cold days, while classic wool pea coats complement any outfit.