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The Best Cold Weather Accessories to Keep You Warm All Winter

From earmuffs that double as music headphones, to heated insoles to warm your boots, here are the best ways to beat the chill

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Winter is coming, and for frosty weather inhabitants, that means the season of scraping icy windows and multi-layer dressing. Those who live in cooler climates aren’t exactly exempt from experiencing the drop in temperatures, either. Even if you’re dealing with 50-degree “cold,” you’ll still want to ensure maximum comfort by bundling up in the best winter accessories.

Whether you’re handling everyday snow and ice, heading to a ski resort, or dealing with a busted heater, we’ve rounded up some great cold-weather gear for staying warm and toasty all season long. Check out our head-to-toe picks below, from tech-friendly earmuffs and gloves, to classic beanies and more.

1. Tilley Merino Wool Pocket Beanie

Tilley is a longstanding Canadian brand, so you know it’s familiar with cold weather gear. The company is known in particular for its cold weather-ready headwear, and that includes this merino wool beanie. On top of being breathable, warm, and soft, the brim has a handy hidden pocket for stowing away your keys and other small items. Multiple colors available.

Best Winter Accessories - Tilley Merino Wool Beanie

Tilley

Tilley Merino Wool Pocket Beanie, $58, available at Tilley

2. Head Sweats Pom Pom Beanie

If you dig the retro pom pom look, try this cozy beanie from Head Sweats on for size. It’s made of the brand’s durable Eventure acrylic knit fabric and comes in humorous designs such as this one inspired by creatures of folklore and another colorway starring Bigfoot and his close encounter of the third kind.

Best Winter Accessories - Head Sweats Pom Pom Beanie

Head Sweats

Head Sweats Pom Pom Beanie, $25, available at Head Sweats

3. Nobis Dawson Men’s Wool Fargo

For full dome coverage, Nobis’ wool fargo hat has a faux rabbit fur interior and quilted taffeta lining for keeping your topper toasty. It’s made of a wool barleycorn tweed outer that offers a goes-with-anything look, and the ear flaps can be conveniently tied on top for not-so-shivery days.

The Canadian brand is also teaming with nonprofit One Warm Coat starting November 1 on the No Cold Shoulder campaign, which will bring 10,000 coats to Americans in need. The outerwear company will donate $50 from every online coat or jacket purchase as well as all proceeds from sales of its No Cold Shoulder pins and beanies to the organization.

 

Best Winter Accessories - Nobis Dawson Cap

Nobis

Nobis Dawson Men’s Wool Fargo, $100, available at Nobis

4. UGG Collection Genuine Shearling Bluetooth Earmuffs

Music lovers don’t have to sacrifice their tunes to keep their ears from the cold. These earmuff headphones by UGG combine the warm of shearling with Bluetooth so that audiophiles can plug in and play their favorite winter soundtrack.

Best Winter Accessories - Ugg Bluetooth Earmuffs

Nordstrom

UGG Collection Genuine Shearling Bluetooth Earmuffs, $115, available at Nordstrom

5. The North Face Commuter Gloves

Tech-obsessed warmth seekers will want to wear these touchscreen-friendly gloves by the North Face, which are made from soft, wind-resistant fleece. Available in sizes small to XLe, they feature the brand’s five-dimensional fit and a radiametric articulation which mimics the natural curve of your hand for the most comfortable fit. The gloves offer a more tactical typing experience, so you don’t have to remove them to send that text.

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Nordstrom

The North Face Commuter Gloves, $55, available at Nordstrom

6. Uniqlo Men’s HEATTECH Warm Long Sleeve Shirt

We’re fans of Uniqlo’s line of HEATTECH basics, which feature the Japanese brand’s proprietary moisture-wicking fabric that uses the body’s own heat to keep wearers warm. This long-sleeved shirt uses HEATTECH Extra Warm material, which the company says is 2.25 times warmer than the regular HEATTECH. Layer it under the rest of your winter look, or sport it alone for the not-so-bone-chilling days; it’s also available in a range of colorways.

Best Winter Accessories - Uniqlo Men's Heattech Turtleneck

Uniqlo

Uniqlo Men’s HEATTECH Warm Long-Sleeved Shirt, $30, available at Uniqlo

7. Backcountry Men’s Merino Wool Baselayer Bottom

Whether you’re skiing or facing the extreme cold on everyday adventures, these merino wool baselayer pants offer maximum comfort and warmth. They feature strategic flatlock seams so you don’t need to worry about chafing, and the material is both odor-resistant and moisture-wicking. It’s also available in women’s sizes.

Best Winter Accessories - Backcountry Base Layer

Backcountry

Backcountry Men’s Merino Baselayer Bottom, $95, available at Backcountry

8. Polo Ralph Lauren Reversible Windowpane Scarf

A favorite among the ski resort set (not to mention Ivy Leaguers), Polo Ralph Lauren’s wool-blend scarf offers that classic winter look while keeping your neck from getting chilly. This mid-weight reversible accessory features a windowpane design in navy and white on one side and a solid shade on the other. It’s finished with fringe edges for a traditional touch.

Best Winter Accessories - Polo Ralph Lauren Scarf

East Dane

Polo Ralph Lauren Reversible Windowpane Scarf, $65, available at East Dane

9. Embr Wave Bracelet

If bundling up still isn’t enough to keep you warm, then turn to thermal technology to dial your body up to the perfect temperature. Slip on Embr’s Wave bracelet, which warms up or cools down the inside of your wrist using hot or cold wave-like sensations, thus triggering a body-mind response that helps you feel comfortable all over.

The personal temperature controlling-device connects to Embr’s app so you can customize your settings. Other modes include stress relief and sleep, and you can choose between silver or rose cold color options.

Best Winter Accessories - Embr Wave

Embr

Embr Wave Bracelet, $299, available at Embr

10. Darn Tough Hiker Merino Wool Micro Crew Socks

Designed for hikers, these merino wool socks wick moisture and keep your feet warm in just about any activity and season. The fine gauge knitted material naturally wicks moisture and is durable and strong while being soft enough for your feet. The socks’ seamless toe design and mid-level cushioning combine for extra comfort, while the self-adjusting welt cuff keeps them from slipping down into your boots.

Best Winter Accessories - Darn Tough Socks

Zappos

Darn Tough Hiker Merino Wool Micro Crew Socks, $23, available at Zappos

11. Hotronic Universal S4 FootWarmer Kit

Designed for skiers, Hotronics’ battery-powered foot warmer kit will make you and your steppers forget how cold it really is outside of your boots (meaning you can stay out on the powder all day). Note that you’ll need to install the insoles directly into your ski footwear, which involves cutting a slit into the liner in order to run the power cord out (the battery packs clip onto the outside of the shoe). That being said, these insoles aren’t ideal for transferring between different boots.

These one-size-fits-all insoles feature rechargeable batteries and three base settings, plus a “heat blast” setting. They come with one recharger, which will charge dead batteries in about three hours. They also come in a custom option for those who wear orthotics.

Best Winter Accessories - Hotronic Foot Warmer

Amazon

Hotronic Universal S4 FootWarmer Kit, $189, available at Amazon

12. Thermajohn Men’s Ultra Soft Thermal Underwear

Whether you call them long-johns or thermals, everyone needs a set of these moisture-wicking garments to keep you warm and toasty under your clothes. This set includes a pair of long underwear and a knit long-sleeve shirt. Both pieces have odor control technology, to prevent the spread of smells, and super stretchy material, to not constrict movement. Wear this set on its own to bed, or layer it under your sweater and jeans to provide extra warmth when you’re stepping outside.

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Amazon

Thermajohn Thermal Underwear Set, $24.99, available at Amazon

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