Accessories

Essential winter accessories

Essential winter accessories

Winter accessories are often an afterthought; a sudden cold snap comes and you grab your ski gloves and bobble hat out of the attic. But what you wear on your extremities impacts your overall look. Get it right and you can add interest and personality; get it wrong and you’ll detract from everything else you’re wearing.

But besides style, your accessories are also designed to do a job. “Quality is really important,” says Thread stylist Toby Standing. “People tend to skimp on accessories, but if you’re only going to have one of something, then it should be the best you can afford.” Cheap versions will neither look good, nor keep your warm.

Considering the British climate, a winter accessory that goes with everything could get more use than half the other things your wardrobe. “If you get good accessories, you’ll actually want to wear them and they can last for years. So your cost-per-wear is really good,” says Toby. Below, he breaks down what to look for in each.

Gloves

“Fabric is important – something like wool or lined leather will be comfortable and warm. Leather is smarter, so doesn’t work as well with things like sweatshirts, whereas plain wool gloves in dark colours – black, grey and navy are best – look good with everything from a suit downwards. If you’re only going to have one pair, go for a versatile, neutral colour. But a second pair with a coloured trim or some detailing can be good for adding personality.”

Hat

“The right fabric is important. You want something warm, but remember Britain never gets that cold, so you don’t need something made for the Arctic. Wool is generally good as it’s toasty but also breathable. Because they’re separated from other fabric by your head, you can go for something more playful – deep colours like burgundy can look nice and are a bit different. Although black always works, too.”

Scarf

“Like hats, these aren’t solely practical. They’re expected to add some decoration, so you’ve got more leeway with patterns and colours. You can also remove them easily if it does feel like too much. Again, wool is good, but because they’re against the sensitive skin of your neck, you’ll really appreciate the softness of something like merino or cashmere.”

Socks

“They can be a great way to add colours, particularly because in winter you’ll likely be wearing darker colours everywhere else. Things like forest green and mustard break up looks that are uniformly black or navy. You can afford to save a bit and experiment with different shades Just make sure the shoes you wear them with are warm and waterproof.”