Best winter accessories (guide to hats, gloves and long underwear)

Now that you’ve finally found that perfect winter coat you probably think you’re ready to tackle anything the season can throw at you, right? Wrong. A winning winter wardrobe is more than just the coat. Think of it as a team effort where every winter accessory you wear plays an important part in whether you’re going to sweep the day or fumble it – i.e. a massive head cold and numb toes. Don’t make the rookie mistake of tackling winter without a strong defense on your side. Check out our suggestions for some of the best winter accessories to help you win at cold weather this year.

Long underwear:

Take our word for it, long underwear has come a long way. Gone are the days of adult sized flannel onesies with those supposed-to-be-functional-but-actually-pretty-cartoony button flaps in the back. Nope, the long underwear of today is made not only to keep you warm, but also to keep you comfortable all day long. At landsend.com you’ll find sleek, breathable, moisture-wicking long underwear for the whole family from toddlers to adults. And if you’re wondering when you might need to throw some on, we’re pretty sure you’ll love hitting the slopes with a pair of our Thermaskin Heat Pants and Thermaskin Heat Crew tops keeping you warm and flexible as you race your kids down the mountain. The high performance fabric not only maintains your body’s heat but also actually generates heat by absorbing body moisture. So, you know, no need to let the kids win this one.

Fleece hat:

Remember when you were little and your mom would make you wear a hat in the winter, claiming it was because 80% of your body heat escaped from the top of your head? Well, it may come as a shock but this myth has since been debunked – much like the one about swimming directly after eating (sorry, Mom).

The truth is your hatless head will lose body heat when outdoors, but not because heat rushes to the top of your head when looking for a way out. Any part of your body uncovered during extreme cold will allow heat to escape. Do yourself a favor and protect your head from falling snow and harsh winds this winter with one of our soft, lightweight fleece hats. Made from comfortable, soft fleece that’s also 100% machine washable, there’s no way you (or your kids) will ever complain about protecting the top of your head again. And if you’re looking for more full-face protection consider one of our ThermaCheck 100 balaclava fleece hats that can be worn over your nose or under your chin – whatever the day’s adventure calls for.

Winter scarves and wraps:

If you’re feeling a little fashion starved this winter, try adding a vibrant winter scarf or winter wrap to your outerwear wardrobe. With a variety of colors and styles to choose from, our acrylic, wool blend and knit scarfs are a great way to add a pop of color, personality and warmth to a cold and dreary day. And there’s no reason why you have to hang your scarf up with your coat. A warm scarf is a great wardrobe accessory that not only keeps you warm on a freezing day but also looks great with your favorite knit top and jeans.

Winter wraps are another fashionable choice for keeping warm and looking good this winter. Throw a gorgeous shawl or poncho over an otherwise low-key outfit to add a bit of elegant style to your everyday look. P.S. you could totally use a winter wrap as a cozy mid-layer beneath your winter coat to maximize the warmth this winter. Yeah, it’s sort of a game changer for your winter wardrobe.

Gloves:

We don’t have to tell you how important a good pair of gloves is to surviving winter. What we may have to inform you of, however, is that you shouldn’t rely on one pair of gloves to get you through the entire season. After all, you wouldn’t wear your Sunday best to a snowball fight, so why expect to wear your ski gloves to the office?

Enjoy those snow day adventures with a pair of cozy fleece glove protecting your do-it-all hands from the freezing cold. Stay warm with the 100 Fleece Ruched EZ Touch Gloves, offered in a variety of colors and patterns, perfect for the person who likes to stand out in a snow bank. And with the EZ Touch fingertip on the thumb and index finger you’ll never have to sacrifice a warm hand for a smartphone picture again.

For those days vibrant fleece gloves just won’t do we offer another “dressier” glove option. Step up your look this winter and grab the world in a pair of cashmere lined gloves. We promise you’ll love the soft, luxurious feel of the cashmere lining against your hands inside these leather beauties. Not to mention all of the compliments you’ll get on your classic look when you wear these gorgeous gloves with your oh-so-professional wool coat.

Wool boot sock:

Don’t forget to protect your feet from the freezing cold and snow this winter. After all, they’re the ones trudging through the snow banks, dodging the black ice and wadding through the slush to get you where you need to go. Treat your feet right this winter and protect them from the cold with a pair of heavyweight wool boot socks. Not only will the soft wool blend keep your feet ultra warm but the moisture-wicking element of our wool socks will also keep them dry. We’d say that’s a pretty good quality to have in a boot sock, wouldn’t you?

Don’t waste your day wishing you were more prepared for what’s out there. Put these essential winter accessories to work and build the strongest defense you have against the cold this season.

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