Few people claim winter as their favorite season, and the fashion world tends to ignore this time of the year. While collections are created for the other seasons, winter is lumped together with autumn and barely mentioned.
Perhaps it's excessive layering and frigid weather that makes winter fashion seem more like a necessity than a luxury. But this year, the trends in cold weather accessories are leaning toward luxury and glamour.
Here are five fun trends that may make winter a little more tolerable this year.
Leather, cashmere and high-end fabrics. Luxurious fabrics are popular this year, and some stores are selling cashmere accessories that cost thousands of dollars. A more manageable option: leather gloves from J Crew that are lined with soft cashmere. Available in violet, avocado and black in sizes small to large. $88 at J Crew stores or http://Jcrew.com.
Glamorous, vintage hats. The cloche hat was popular in the 1920s with fun-loving flappers. It's making a comeback this season in a wool, cold-weather version. The ribbon cloche hat from Banana Republic has a double ribbon and is made with 100 percent wool. It is available in military blue or black in sizes small/medium and medium/large. $50 at Banana Republic stores or http://BananaRepublic.com
Big wraps. Layers are getting longer this season, and big wraps are common. The kindled warmth scarf has an intricate knit pattern that ends with lengthy fringe. It is 71 inches long and meant to be looped around the neck and worn long. Made with acrylic and available only in taupe. $38 at Anthropologie stores or http://Anthropologie.com
Intricate details. Small details are big this season. There are ruffles on scarves and buttons on gloves. The winter roses headband by Echo Designs is a wool headband with a subtle set of roses sewn into the side. Available in black, gray or taupe. $38 at http://EchoDesign.com
Faux fur elements. A bit of faux fur can add a ton of elegance. The faux-fur tippet by Mossimo Giannulli is a wrap lined on both sides with faux-fur. Available only in black; one size fits all. $19.99 at select Target stores
- Emilie Le Beau, McClatchy-Tribune