Here it comes wintertime! The season when we start to understand the philosophy of hygge more than ever and all we wish for is a moon tea, cardamon candles and a warm blanket. Yet, life is not all roses. Sometimes (to earn shmoney or sustain the social presence), we just have to suck it up and go outside.
And if you want to be warm but don’t want to look like Jon Snow wandering into the bitter cold beyond the Wall – I’ve got you covered.
I’ve prepared a list of 16 winter accessories that will keep you warm and get you through the season without sacrificing fashion sense and values.
Scarves and wraps
If I have to name my no.1 winter accessory, it’s most definitely a proper, wide and long scarf. It covers the neck when you’re outside and can be used as a kimono inside when the temperature in the office drops below 10ºC.
1. A Peace Treaty | ASGAR scarf ($250.00) available at A Peace Treaty
Handmade knit scarf in bold colours. Made by the artisan group in Peru. 100% baby alpaca wool. A PEACE TREATY is mixing the contemporary design with traditional, nearly extinct artisan techniques and bringing it in the high fashion form. They see themselves as “champions for slow fashion and preservationists of centuries-old techniques”.
2. Indigenous | AMARU knit wrap ($198.00) available at Indigenous
Handcrafted knit scarf/ wrap made from 100% organic Pima cotton.
Indigenous is making sure that people creating their products earn a fair, living wage and get necessary support such as zero-interest loans, free skills training and low-cost childcare. Brand uses only organic and natural fibres and low-impact dyes.
3. Jan ‘N June | MANON scarf (€65.00) available at JAN ‘N JUNE
This scarf is fully made from organic cotton fleece – GOTs certified and grown in Turkey. Jan ‘N June focuses on full transparency of the production – you can even see the names of women who made the item! Jan ‘N June accessories are affordable, yet produced with the sustainability and ethics in mind. Win-Win situation!
4. Tauko | PORT wool scarf (€185.00) available at Tauko
Frankly, I’m in love with this brand (the colours!). The scarf is made in Finland from 100% extra fine organic merino, which was spun into yarn in the Czech Republic. Tauko knows that mulesing is lame and that’s why the product is mulesing-free. The company is definitely a pro in recycling – materials are mostly retrieved from Finnish and German restaurants and hotels (whaaat?!).
5. Elementum|ZERO REFINE Scarf (€164.00) available at Elementum
For real, this Zero refine scarf has it all. Made from 100% Peruvian alpaca wool and undyed, knitted in the Netherlands. You can wear it as a scarf but also as poncho, hoody, cape – you name it. The whole concept of Elementum is built on Zero Waste principal – there is no cut off fabric, no stitches, zippers or buttons. Ah…they also use only natural pigments. Definitely a brand to fall in love with.
6. Rhumaa|CASHMERE BLANKET (€309.00) available at Rhumaa
100% cashmere – warm and cosy, unimaginably soft and luxurious blanket / scarf. For every purchase, 5% of sales is donated to Rhumaa Foundation. This Dutch based company is producing their clothes and accessories according to the Fair Trade guideline. The brand is collaborating with South African artists to share their artistic visions through unique fashion items.
Gloves, because if you don’t use them in the cold your fingers just stop responding. Moreover, if your hands catch the frostbite, your skin right away feels and looks like a tree bark…and you really do not want that.
7. Ally Bee|Fingerless armwarmers (£69.00) available at Ally Bee
Made from low environmental impact, animal-friendly British alpaca wool. This product was made in a small factory in Hawick (Scotland) using traditional, old-school artisanal knitwear and manufacturing techniques.
8. Chaleca |Half Finger
mittlets (£40.00) available at Gather&See
Yes, I am in love with alpaca wool in 2018 . This catch is made from 100% alpaca wool. Chaleca’s items are made by knitters in Bolivia (knitting collective in El Alto) and the alpaca yarn is dyed at local spinning mill Coproca Bolivia. The wool is obtained from happy alpacas- they graze freely in the Bolivian highlands (what- a -life) and the suppliers of the fibre are using only hand shearing techniques – not to harm the animals.
9. HTHT |
ZIGZAG BLUES mittlets (£42.00) available at HTHT
Do you like to stand out from the crowd? Those mittlets are definitely eye-catchers! Hand knitted 100% from wool. Here Today Here Tomorrow puts the greatest emphasis on fair trade production. Since 2011 they work with the Association of Craft Producers in Kathmandu (Nepal). HTHT is constantly proving that the supply chain in fashion business can be transparent: they are the only link between Nepalese producers and end-customer, which makes it a highly sustainable system.
10. Bleed |
TREETIME GLOVES (
€39.90) available at Bleed
If you are searching for the nice alternative to the wool and leather gloves – look no further. Those fairly produced (in Portugal) Christmas gloves are fairly produced from 100% organic cotton. What’s so cool about Bleed? They avoid all this useless plastic garbage in the package and are shipping “climate neutral” through DHL GoGreen.
Hats & beanies
You know that it’s really cold when you are able to sacrifice the look of your hair and put on the beanie…no worries, the products from the list below are minimalizing the ridiculousness of the look.
11. Yellow 108|
YURT beanie ($28.00) available at Yellow 108
This dope unisex- white-warm beanie is made from organic cotton and recycled hemp. Yellow 108 is a California based brandy which specializes in headwear made from salvaged and recycled materials.
CAMEO PINK (€79.00) available at Tauko
Pretty in pink! The beanie is made in Finland from 100% extra fine organic merino, which was spun into yarn in the Czech Republic. Tauko knows that mulesing is lame and that’s why the product is mulesing-free. The company is definitely a pro in recycling – materials are mostly retrieved from Finnish and German restaurants and hotels (whaaat?!).
13. Les Racines du Ciel|
CAMEO PINK (€42.00) available at
Les Racines du Ciel
Beanie made from 100% baby alpaca wool. Les Racines du Ciel makes sure that the products are made ethically (International Labour Organization and Fair Trade Association guide) and maintains the eco commitment by using only certified raw materials.
14. Le Beret Francais|
Ecojean Beret ($17.50) available at Reformation
Imagine an ultra french Bearnaise beret made 100% from recycled post-consumer jeans. Sounds cool? Well, thanks to Le Beret Francais you can easily buy it at a really decent price. Holistic production process: from concept to execution takes place exclusively in France.
15. Jan ‘N June |LILOU NUDE (€38.00) available at JAN ‘N JUNE
Girly and chic headband from organic cotton fleece, made in Poland. Jan ‘N June are focusing on the full transparency of their production. Indeed, in the product description you can see where each part of the production chain took place – you can even see the names of women who made the item! Jan ‘N June accessories are affordable, yet produced with the sustainability and ethics in mind. Win – Win situation!
16. HTHT |ZIGZAG REDS SLOUCHY hat (
£40.00) available at HTHT
Looks like a perfect beanie to wear at sledge race or at
après-ski! Hand knitted 100% from wool. Here Today Here Tomorrow puts the greatest emphasis on fair trade production. Since 2011 they work with the Association of Craft Producers in Kathmandu (Nepal). HTHT is constantly proving that the supply chain in fashion business can be transparent: they are the only link between Nepalese producers and end-customer, which makes it a highly sustainable system.