I was in Chicago, and the wind was raw, the sleet, hard and relentless. In the bus, were three young women. They all had great hair and makeup, eye-catching nail art manicures, and trendy clothes. But what I noticed most was something else: they were obviously cold! While everyone else was bundled up in coats, they were wearing thin jackets –no hats, scarves or gloves to add even a bit of warmth. I guess they wanted everyone to see how fashionable they were, but they didn’t look it–they simply looked freezing. Let’s face it: “cold” is not a fashionable look and when the temperature drops, “chic” means covering up. However, a great hat and gloves are a must have, even if they cover your hair, and cloak your cool manicure. Consider “warm” as the new black! That doesn’t mean you have to be frumpy. Below are a hat and some unique gloves that you will want for Winter that are attractive, and affordable.
In the old days, a hat wasn’t just something to cover your head in the cold, it was a fashion must-have. But, as times changed, hats both for women and men faded into the background. Hats are once again considered chic, and to be sure, they are a fun and fabulous fashion accessory. But hats have another purpose in Winter — to keep your head warm!
Although I am not a hat person, per se, I love this Wool Crusher Hat by Scala. It’s called a “crusher” because you crush it into a purse or pocket, or stuff it into a suitcase, and it won’t be messed up. Ironically, although it’s a “crusher” the one thing it won’t do is crush your hair! It sits nicely on your head without squeezing or flattening. It reminds me a bit of a hat from the 20’s, but with a modern feel and a flattering, 2 inch rolled brim.
The one-size-fits all crusher hat is available in red, camel, black, wine, plum and gray. It is made of 100% soft, warm, boiled wool. So you can be stylish, not foolish (and cold). Scala hats are good quality, but they’re not so pricey you can’t think about getting at least one (maybe more if you love them as I do). At first I thought: “no way this is going to look good on me” but it not only looks cute on me, it seems to work on everyone, regardless of age or personality. This particular hat has an SRP. of $30.00. If you want to know where to get yours, visit http://www.dorfman-pacific.com/and call: 800.DORFMAN or 800.367.3626 for retail locations.
Has this happened to you? It’s freezing, and you pull on your glove or mittens and are on your way. But then, your phone starts ringing in your purse. You try to pull off at least one glove to find the phone before the ringing stops, but then realize you need two hands to deal with dialing back, or sending a text or email. Meanwhile , what do you do with your gloves? Mostly, you have to stuff the gloves in a pocket while your hands are already full of the phone, and sometimes, you drop them While all of this is going on, your hands are COLD!! It would be an entirely difference scenario if your hands were encased in Twitten Texting Mittens. These mittens look like regular mittens, but the top part flips away to reveal your fingers when you need to use them, and there is a small, flip-top on the thumb as well. You can handle your phone without ever having to remove your mittens or gloves, and still keep most of your hand, toasty warm. How clever is that?! are handcrafted in Peru from either soft, 50% Alpaca, 30% Wool and 20% acrylic, or 100% acrylic, depending upon the design., More amazingly, these are just $13.00 in S/M or M/L. The ones I tried were charcoal grey with a light grey border and a red heart knitted into each glove. You can also choose from red with a charcoal heart, or several types of stripes, or gloves embroidered with dainty flowers. Longer texting gloves are available for $21.00 in one-size-fits-most. For those in love, especially cute for Valentine’s Day are Twittens. A twitten is, essentially, one large mitten that two people can wear together so that they can hold hands in the middle. Essentially, the Twitten ties you two together and helps you stay warm. This is adorable for spectator sports, or for taking a long walk on a cold day. You will still need your own glove on the other hand, but as the press literature says: “s/he who Twittens, never Twittens alone.” That’s a fact! All of the Twitten gloves are air trade and nicely made, hand-crafted by artisans whose work supports and sustains traditional communities in Peru. Designs range From $18-$21.00. It’S the ultimate couples cold weather accessory! 20% of the profits go to the Bohdi Fund (for families of children in New Mexico who must travel out of state to receive life-saving cancer treatments). Visit www.TheTwitten.com