It seemed like we had been happily cruising through the fall accompanied by mostly mild weather, but yesterday it got COLD, and let me tell you, when the temperatures drop, you feel that freezing New England chill in every fiber of your being. But it doesn't have to be that way: With the right cold weather accessories, you can stay warm and look stylish during the long winter months. Grab a cup of hot tea and read on for some budget-wise ways to winterize your wardrobe.
[Above: Fingerless gloves keep my wrists and hands warm while I type. I practically live in mine all winter long, which is why I'm lusting after these cashmere gloves from Nordstrom ($48). They'd also make a great gift, hint hint!]
Forever 21's holiday gift guide features dozens of cute and warm accessories like these bright leg warmers ($7.80). Wear yours under knee high boots, or over ankle boots and skinnies.
I just bought a faux fur trapper hat from the men's department at Target, and I LOVE it. It is so warm and funny looking. Davy Crockett-chic, anyone? For a more funky, feminine twist, try this pink buffalo plaid trapper hat by Xhiliration ($14.99).
Nothing's warmer and softer on your toes than wool mixed with some all-important cashmere or angora. I stock up on wool/cashmere socks at TJ Maxx or Marshalls and wear them every day to ward off frostbite, no joke! These Banana Republic trouser socks ($9.80) should do the trick nicely, too. Just remember to wash them in cold water and don't put them in the dryer.
Yet another layer that I wear nearly every day in the winter is my down feather puffy vest, purchased from the Gap outlet for under $30. Hey, I'm saving money on my heating bills. In my experience, real down is the only thing that locks in your body heat and keeps you warm. The Style & Co. puffer vest above comes in three trendy metallic shades (on sale $39.99).