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The Best Cold Weather Accessories to Keep You Warm All Winter

From touchscreen-friendly gloves to heated insoles for 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 gloves to classic beanies and more.

1. Drake’s Merino Wool Beanie

A grown-up beanie, like this one from Drake’s, can do wonders for your level of comfort in the cold — no to mention your style too. The esteemed London haberdasher uses 100% merino wool, offering warmth (even when wet), breathability and sweat-wicking properties for demanding commutes. Plus, it just looks great with everything: pair it with work pants and a puffer or a tailored suit and a trench coat.

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Buy: Drake’s Merino Wool Beanie at $90

2. Outdoor Research Frostline Hat

If your winter involves exposure to extreme conditions (maybe while skiing, camping or hiking) check out this Frostline hat from Outdoor Research. The exterior is a lightweight, wind and water-resistant 30D nylon while the inside is a soft and cozy Pile fleece. When your nose starts to go numb, the hat also has a zip-out face mask conveniently stashed in one ear flap.

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Buy: Outdoor Research Frostline Hat at $55.95

3. 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.

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Head Sweats

Buy: Head Sweats Pom Pom Beanie at $25

4. Degrees by 180s Winter Ear Warmers

These Degrees by 180s ear warmers streamline the classic winter accessory with a behind-the-ear design. Besides looking low-profile, this behind-the-ear design keeps your hairstyle on-point all day — something that doesn’t happen with traditional earmuffs or beanies. The warmers feature an adjustable fit, a warm thermal fleece fabric and a collapsible design for easy storage in your bag.

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Buy: Degrees by 180s Winter Ear Warmers at $20.99

5. Canada Goose Touchscreen Workman Gloves

Glove-makers are finally stepping up their game to accommodate smartphone use. These Canada Goose Workman gloves are one such pair, incorporating a conductive leather that lets you text, change music, use maps and whatever else — all without removing a glove. The gloves also look handsome thanks to a goatskin leather exterior, and they feel warm and cozy thanks to a faux fur lining.

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Buy: Canada Goose Touchscreen Workman Gloves at $175

6. Uniqlo Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater

Luxurious cashmere isn’t reserved for corner-office businessmen, as proven by this turtleneck from Uniqlo. Coming in a range of versatile colors, the ultra-soft, 100% cashmere wool sweater provides warmth and sophisticated style in equal measure. Uniqlo also paid special attention to the ribs and collar for a better fit and easier layering. Plus, the sweater is hand-washable (no need for a trip to the dry cleaners).

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Buy: Uniqlo Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater at $99.90

7. Missoni Fringed Striped Wool Scarf

Breaking out a statement scarf is one of our favorite cold weather rituals. This striped scarf from Missoni is one of our favorites this winter, flexing the Italian brand’s iconic zigzag chevron pattern. With a chunky wool build, it’s sure to keep the cold at bay, but it’s also easy to wear with a range of outfits (despite the eye-catching pattern).

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Buy: Missoni Fringed Striped Wool Scarf at $224

8. Carhartt WIP Anglin Wool Blend Scarf

Another great option for keeping your neck warm is this Anglin scarf from Carhartt WIP. The scarf’s ribbed-knit wool blend fabric provides light coziness and serious heat-trapping capabilities for commutes, errand-running or hikes. As with most pieces from Carhartt’s streetwear division, the Anglin scarf lends minimal style with a monochrome color that’s easy to pair with most pieces in your winter wardrobe.

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Buy: Carhartt WIP Anglin Wool Blend Scarf at $88

9. Glerups Felt Slippers

Few things can warm the soul (and feet, of course) like great slippers. And these Glerups are the best: they’re made of high-quality wool felt that keep our feet toasty without any sweat or stink. First produced in the seventies by a Danish housewife for her husband, Glerups didn’t become a brand until 1993. Since then, coziness-seekers all over the world have fallen in love with the slippers’ minimal look, long-lasting craftsmanship and warm, snug feel.

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Buy: Glerups Felt Slippers at $94

10. Yeti Mag Slider Rambler 10oz Mug

Cold weather chilling your hot coffee? Pick up this Rambler mug from Yeti. The mug keeps contents hot or cold for hours — no matter the outside temperature — thanks to a sealed top. On the lid, you’ll find a magnetic slider opening that stays closed when shut (to prevent spills) and opens easily when you need a sip. It’s built for campsites and road trips, but we also like using the mug at home for consistently hot coffee all morning.

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Buy: Yeti Mag Slider Rambler 10oz Mug at $24.95

11. 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.

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Backcountry

Buy: Backcountry Men's Merino Wool Baselayer… at $94.95

12. 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.

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Embr

Buy: Embr Wave Bracelet at $249

13. 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.

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Buy: Darn Tough Hiker Merino Wool Micro Crew… at $23.95

14. Hotronic Upgraded FootWarmer S4+ Custom

Designed for skiers, Hotronics’ battery-powered foot warmers 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.

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Buy: Hotronic Upgraded FootWarmer S4+ Custom at $219

15. 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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Buy: Thermajohn Men's Ultra Soft Thermal… at $28.99

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