The reason why you bought your winter coat isn’t important — whether the color simply caught your eye, you saw it on Blake Lively or it just looked warm doesn’t matter. But what *actually* requires more thought than your average seasonally-onset impulse buy are winter accessories, or more specifically, the right scarf, gloves and hat to go with that coat.
There’s a ton of cool bundling up gear out there — we can attest to that after putting together this post — but once your jacket’s a done deal, be sure to not let snowy patterns and too-cozy knits sway you into purchasing accessories that don’t fit with the elements on your outerwear. To help, we’ve compiled a list of basic styles of winter coats — the ones you probably have in your closet or have your eye on — and paired them with the most functional accessories possible to help you brave the cold fully bundled and in style. See which accessories will complete your winter-ready look below.
YOU HAVE A CLASSIC PEACOAT
This winter closet classic, usually in a shade of black or navy, is ripe for the styling. For accessories, pick a medium-knit scarf that can be tucked behind the double-breasted bodice, which adds just enough flair on its own. As far as colors go, pick a palette as versatile as the jacket itself – we dig a combination of neutrals and neons – and mix away.
YOU HAVE A CHIC WRAP COAT
Your waist is cinched in this glamorous coat, giving you an automatic hourglass shape, and so your neckline is left on the looser side. Make sure you opt for a lightweight scarf that can folded over (and over again) and pulled tight to protect your neck. Since the coat is so glamorous, stick with luxe looking accessories in a clean palette: silky, gilded and almost-gray all work, and skip the beanie for a slouchy beret.
YOU HAVE A RAD BIKER JACKET
Who says you can’t wear leather in the dead of winter? While your middle will stay warm covered in the real thing (faux shoppers, look for lines jackets) you’ll need to bundle up your limbs to feel any-temp ready. A long chunky scarf (and gloves to match) will keep you toasty all over, not to mention provide a cool contrast to the sleek leather. Keep it cozy-cool on top with a fuzzy beanie.
YOU HAVE A GLAM FAUX FUR COAT
It’s the perfect topper to any holiday party outfit, and with the right accessories, this statement piece can hold its own while you’re dashing through the snow from your Uber to the bar. The scarf selection here is key — you want something substantial yet slinky, warm yet doesn’t overpower your coat. As for gloves and headgear, we kept with the theme and paired it with leopard print fingerless mittens (to show off your holiday mani) and furry earmuffs.
Barney’s Originals Ombre Faux Fur Coat ($110), Genie by Eugenia Kim x UO Hayden Boucle Eternity Scarf ($95), Autumn Cashmere Handknit Leopard Fingerless Gloves ($107) + Topshop Faux Fur Earmuffs ($22)
YOU HAVE AN OPEN COLLAR COAT
Waterfall collars are a gorgeous detail on minimal overcoat silhouettes, and while you may feel the urge to clasp the mondo lapels together in inclement weather, don’t — it takes away the wow factor. Instead suit up with a thermal infinity scarf that drapes below your neck for fuller protection against the elements. Outfit the long line shape with classic chic pieces like chain-trimmed gloves and a floppy brimmed hat.
YOU HAVE A POLAR VORTEX-PROOF PARKA
A puffer coat that will keep the cold at bay but doesn’t bulk you up? Sold. Now onto the snow bunny accessories, ‘cause how can you not in a puffer coat? Slip on a cozy eternity scarf so you don’t have to worry about your knit unraveling while you stomp through slush. Stay snuggly with fleece-lined cable mittens and a ridiculously adorable beanie.
YOU HAVE A CROPPED SLEEVE COAT
This cropped-sleeved style shouldn’t leave you with frostbitten arms. Besides the long-sleeved layer underneath, the gloves are key to staying comfortable in this coat, so opt for ones that fully cover your wrists (if not everything up to your elbows). Finish accessorizing with a thick, incredibly soft scarf and a traditional beret to play up the coat’s vintage-inspired look.
YOU HAVE A FAUX FUR COLLAR COAT
You went for a coat with a faux fur-lined collar/hood because it’ll keep your neckline warm and still look incredible chic. Let the fluff do its job and layer only a thin tassel scarf underneath (because it’s winter) and finish with other functional yet fab accessories like convertible mittens and a knitted turban.
YOU HAVE A WORK-WORTHY TRENCH COAT
An elegant trench deserves to be dressed up with just-as lush accessories, like the kind that will turn heads at the office. Grab a not-too-chunky, but awesomely long cable knit scarf to wrap once over around your neck, then let it drape against your longline coat as you slip on your leather riding gloves and crown your head with a wide brimmed hat.
YOU HAVE A FUNNEL NECK COAT
With a mile-high neckline and purse-sized pockets, you’re staying warm in this posh parka alternative. Bundle up for below zero temps by tying a BIG scarf around your already insulated neck (this move is more for your chin and cheeks, really). Cover your digits with layered fingerless gloves (’cause those pockets were made to be stuffed) and hide under a faux fur trapper hat to ensure that all sides are covered.
YOU HAVE A CAPE COAT
Fell for this impossibly cool winter silhouette (just like us) before you considered how you’d stay toasty with up-to-there side slits? Invest in a pair of ultra warm elbow-length gloves and you’re golden. As for the rest of this on-trend look, grab a thin scarf to tuck under the neck closure and pull on an ear warmer that sparkles under that oversized hood.
What accessories can you not live without come winter? Have any hacks for staying warm and in style? Tell us about your perfect cold-weather get ups in the comments below.