Winter style essentials
Winter in Canada can seem never-ending. Stocking up on a few key style essentials will get you through the season effortlessly even when the mercury keeps dropping.
Snow, wind, ice -- the winter elements pose a challenge for chic dressing. But with a bit of planning, and a few versatile must-haves, you'll keep looking sharp while feeling toasty, even when it's blustery outside. Here, SheKnows.com shares our top picks to get you through the rest of the season.
A warm wool coatMore polished looking than a puffy, down-filled coat, a heavyweight wool coat will ward off the chill and can take you from a day at the office to dining out at night. We love this one's versatility: keep the sherpa collar on for more casual outfits, and remove it for more dressy, formal affairs. Wilfred Nationale Coat, $350.
Boots that let you muck about without worrying about slipping in snow or slushy salt stains are a no-brainer, given our climate. These have become a staple in our home and native land, and come in a variety of styles and colours -- so you can be sure you find a pair that suits your fancy. Sorel boots, $200.
An oversize scarf
Keeping your neck warm can go a long way in keeping you comfortable when there's a chill in the air. We like an oversize one as it can double as a shawl in drafty interiors. White + Warren travel wrap from Dealuxe, $350.
A trapper hat
We lose a ton of heat from our extremities, and keeping your noggin covered will save you from shivering (although you may get some hat head). More stylish than a knit toque, a trapper hat is classic Canadiana cool at its best. Hudson's Bay Company Collection coyote chapka, $695.
A pair of leather gloves
A pair of leather gloves in a neutral colour -- both practical and sleek -- goes with every outfit; and your fingers will appreciate being protected from getting frostbitten. Danier gloves, $49.
Layering up is the key to dressing for these winter temperatures. Getting flushed? No problem -- just remove a few pieces. A simple cardigan will become a handy, go-to piece you can throw on top of any outfit. Banana Republic shawl-collar open cardigan, $69.50.