2. The Hat
• It may banish a good hair day, but there’s no debating that a hat makes icy temps more bearable. From school runs to workout runs, having a lid you love to wear in your winter-wardrobe arsenal is just plain head smart.
• To conserve body heat while achieving après-ski chic, try a knit toque. Look for fashionable adornments via chunky woven textures, pretty beading or a fluffy pom-pom. If the design is simple, like a cable knit, consider a bold colour. If there’s any embellishment, stick to neutral tones – monochromatic is the ideal way to wear this relaxed hat style and still be taken seriously.
• Structured wool and wool felt hats have a polished look that makes more of a style statement. Use the rule of opposites to find one that flatters your face shape. Rounded silhouettes, like a ’20s-inspired cloche, will soften angular features or complement an oblong face, while brimmed hats create dimension that suits round face shapes.
Tilley: The heritage brand knows its way around a beautiful hat
Sentaler: You’ll adore the plush alpaca toque and love that the proceeds go to the SickKids Foundation
Goorin Bros.: Fall head over heels for the chic shapes and shades
3. The Puffer
• Baby, when it’s cold outside, a puffer coat is your best defence. For bulk-free warmth, look for knee-length cuts that feature elongating details. Chevron, diagonal or diamond-shaped quilting, an eye-catching contrast trim on zippers and pockets and a belted or cinched waistband can carve out a figure within the fluff.
• Down-filled puffers tick a lot of boxes by offering top-notch warmth and breathability in a lightweight package. Typically, goose down is more expensive and duck down is less pricey. What the natural material lacks is moisture resistance, so it pays to find a shell that repels or resists water. As an alternative, consider synthetic insulation, which is designed to stay drier longer, though styles can be heftier and not as toasty.
• The landscape of puffer coats offers something at every price point, from just under $100 for a simple design to $1,000-plus for a highly stylized, high-performance coat. Expect the market to expand with more options than ever: This cold-weather staple is the latest sporty basic to be given fashion- designer attention, with glossy textures, bold hues and prints winning big style points.
Gap: A hard-to-resist selection of colours that are super-affordable
Soia & Kyo: Options that are equally well designed and well priced
Colmar Originals: This high-end Italian line is loaded with sporty, totally modern pieces
4. The Sweater
• Gorgeous knits are a major sartorial perk of winter, so bring on sweater weather! Stock up on a range of styles to get through the season: pullovers to wear with jeans, trousers and skirts, featherweight turtlenecks to layer under dresses and blouses for extra mileage, and drapey cardigans to make an appearance 24-7.
• For a hard-working knitwear wardrobe, acquire a mix of basic sweaters and a few novelty styles. Zero in on neutral picks that boast discernible texture, such as thick ribbing, or a modern silhouette, such as wide sleeves or an asymmetrical cut. Round out the group with options that feature unexpected patterns, hues, details and stitching. In other words, say yes to bright stripes, scalloped edges and foil finishes.
• Basic sweaters can be found for as low as $30, but an increased budget leads to better fitting and higher-quality options. Any knit will last longer with proper storage and care. Sweaters do best when gently handwashed, dried at and kept folded.
Club Monaco: A destination where simple knits with fresh details about
Ann Taylor: Shake things up with punchy colours and patterns
Holt Renfrew: Oddles of designer offerings, plus a chic in-house collection