Keep cosy with these five winter-ready accessories

Groundhog Day is still a few weeks away, but from how things are going, we’re guessing that little rodent is going to predict six more weeks of winter. At least.

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Groundhog Day is still a few weeks away, but from how things are going, we’re guessing that little rodent — is he a rodent? — is going to predict six more weeks of winter. At least.

In Vancouver, that likely means days and more days of rain and grey skies; it also means feeling wet and chilled to the bone.

And yet, if you’re like us and you can’t bring yourself to buy yet another winter coat, skip it and opt for cosy accessories instead. From stylish scarves to hats that keep you toasty from the top down, Rebecca Tay presents five cold-weather pieces to finish every look.


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Montreal-based brand Soia & Kyo was founded in 2004 and, over the years, we’ve owned and loved some gorgeous pieces by the label — all of which have had a sophisticated, slightly playful feel. The same can be said for this ‘Fleta’ scarf, which has a frayed edge and cool, leopard print-meets-geometric-print that lends bold, statement appeal. Wear it now with a thick wool coat and with a leather jacket come spring.

Fine Finds, | $75


One of a Few has long been one of our favourite boutiques and places to discover brands we’ve never heard of but fall immediately, deeply in love with. Case in point: RUS, a brand founded by two sisters in Galicia, Spain, that specializes in well-made knitwear and cool accessories like this padded ‘Nori’ head-scarf-meets-hood. Made from recycled polyester, in collaboration with another Spanish brand, Maar Hats, it’s literally the perfect accessory for life on the wet coast.

One of a Few, | $259 ($199)


Never underestimate the soothing, comforting power of having warm, cosy feet — or the ability of cold, wet feet to really ruin your day. We’ve all been there, right? It’s why we’re pretty into these Fairisle wool socks by New York brand Rag & Bone. Made from 100 per cent merino wool, they’re an excellent combination of a traditional, novelty motif and contemporary styling. Try wearing them with ankle boots and a mid-length corduroy skirt for a ’70s-inspired look.


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Holt Renfrew, | $80


If your winter outerwear wardrobe is primarily black, navy or shades of grey, it’s time — well past it, actually — to add some colour via some fun accessories. Enter this suede beanie by Parisian brand Toasties. Made from 100 per cent merino wool sheepskin from Spain that’s then tanned and dyed in France, it comes in this vibrant orange hue, as well as classic cobalt blue, and is cute and chic in equal measure.

The Block, | $250


We’re fans of all things quilted — bags and sofas included — so when we spied these faux leather quilted mittens, we couldn’t resist. Yes, real leather would probably keep our digits a little more toasty, but we’re optimistic that these will be sufficient for the rest of the Vancouver winter.

Joe Fresh, | $19 ($14.94)



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