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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, shares our top picks to get you through the rest of the season.

A warm wool coat

More 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.

Wool coat
Sorel boots

Waterproof boots

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.

White + Warren wrap
Chapka hat

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.

Danier gloves
Banana Republic cardigan

A cardigan

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.

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