There’s a cliché of the New York woman: dressed all in black, she’s chic, sharp, and sophisticated. She works in the city, she wears heels, she eats dinner at eleven. She keeps a calendar. She is the picture of polished perfection.
I am not this woman. I’m more scatterbrained than sleek, more folksy than fashion-forward. What’s more, my late-twenties have found me averse to basic black. So come winter, I’m going for the bold: prints, patterns and clashing colors. Here’s my guide to warming layers for heads, shoulders, knees and toes.
[1. Fall Beanie by FallCode; 2. Big Ol’ Bow Ear Warmers by YesJess; 3. Giza Turban by barkdecor; 4. Merino Knitted Hat by THEKNITKID; 5. Knitted Slouchy Beanie by Julbyjuliagasin; 6. The Brobdingnagian Hat by Yokoo.]
A crimson bow, a jersey head wrap, a crocheted beanie in jewel-tone green: keep your crown capped and your ears undercover with knitted toppers made for brisk weather. As super-seller Yokoo says of her colossal Brobdingnagian Hat, “There will be NO heat leaving the top of your head with this baby on.”
Whether silk, wool, or braided yarn, a little weight on the shoulders goes a long way in the winter. I’m partial to the chevron cowl made from lambswool the color of hot apple cider.
With boots that cover my shins and a peacoat that hangs mid-thigh, it seems only natural to give my knees a little attention when temperatures drop. A Ouija board, a duo of owls, a scattering of stars in the night sky — knock yourselves out, knees.
[1. Crochet Slippers by WhiteNoiseMaker; 2. Traditional Hand-Knit Turkish Socks by AnatoliaDreams; 3. Norwegian Selbu Socks by annawoolmagic; 4. Knitted Owl Boot Cuffs by KernelCrafts; 5. Geometric Zigzag Wool Socks by GrietaKnits.]
For padding around on chilly floors: patterned Norwegian socks made from merino wool, Turkish slippers in shocking brights, or crocheted flats with sunflower-yellow toes. It’s enough to brighten even the grayest November morning.