Snow has hit St Andrews, meaning it’s finally time to break out the hats, gloves and scarves, and wrap up against the cold north wind. There are four key trends to look out for in this year’s accessories: shearling, knits, leather and fur.
Firstly, gloves came in many shapes and sizes on the catwalks for this season, from short ladylike leather at Mulberry, long leather at Lanvin, fur trimmed at Miu Miu, shearling at Burberry or elbow length fingerless chunky knits at Missoni. This has led to a myriad of choice on the High Street and styles to suit everyone. H&M have some lovely tan leather gloves which will add sophistication to any outfit for £14.99. Topshop also have camel fingerless sheepskin gloves, which may not keep you as warm as some others, but they’re beautiful and you can use your touch-screen phone without taking them off! Urban Outfitters have some great shearling mittens for £20; a little bit more expensive but they will keep your hands super snug even during snowball fights or snowman building. For long fingerless knits, look to Boohoo’s range – starting at just £6 – in a variety of neutral colours to match your entire wardrobe.
The main shapes of hat this season are the trapper as seen at Acne; the beanie, inspired by Burberry, Missoni and Ralph Lauren; and the cloche, as seen at Stella McCartney. Firstly the cloche: great for fancy dress or for more sophisticated dressers, however it does little to keep you warm and can look a bit “Great Gatsby” so stick to one of the other two trends for everyday style. The trapper is excellent to keep you warm and can be styled in shearling, leather or fur to hit this season’s key trends. ASOS do an amazing aviator trapper hat in leather “look” and faux fur for only £18 and Miss Selfridge have a gorgeous grey all-over fur trapper for the same price. The beanie hat should be in a thick, soft, cable knit for the perfect antidote to winter chills. Oasis have a very cute version in a mushroom colour or Dorothy Perkins have several in grey, green or blue.
Scarves are the simplest of all three winter accessories as they rarely go out of fashion. Whether you prefer thick knits, seen this season with Fair Isle patterns at D&G, or more delicate printed scarves like Alexander McQueen; chances are you have some already. If not then New Look have a great Fair Isle knit scarf for £12.99 and H&M have lighter scarves starting at around £3.99 in their sale. Perhaps the only new scarf we have seen this winter is the fur snood at Burberry. H&M sell a faux fur tube scarf for only £12.99; it creates the same effect and will keep you deliciously warm on cold walks to lectures, definitely a good investment.
So keep cosy this winter in some of the snuggest fabrics around and still look stylish.
Images: H&M Press