There’s no denying that chilly weather isn’t just well on its way – it’s already here. When it comes to getting dressed during cold days in Maine, let’s be honest, more is more. I’ve been known to pile on two sweaters, layer with long underwear, and on snowy days, wear up to three pairs of socks at once. It’s not the easiest time of the year to be fashion-forward, but it’s not impossible.
The easiest thing you can do to jazz up that down jacket or puffy parka is add cold-weather accessories. And who better to design and handcraft the best cold-weather staples than local designers? Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite Maine-made mittens, hats and scarves that’ll help bring a healthy dose of style to any outfit.
I can’t handle the cuteness of Triangle Farm’s Fox Mittens. But if critter mittens aren’t your thing (who are you?), then go for a perfect hand-knit pair from Three Kittens Knitting.
I’m always on the hunt for a perfectly slouchy hat. Northern Village hits the nail on the head with theirs – and they look great on both guys and gals.
I love a giant wooly scarf as much as the next person, but I’m not ready to wear one yet. Until then, a beautiful Infiniti Scarf from The Road Less Traveled is perfect. When it comes time to pull out a superwarm classic, Maine Woolens offers scarves that are hand-woven so each is one-of-a-kind. Their new Seacoast style is a cotton blend so it’s a little less itchy.
Fingerless Gloves are a must if you need to catch the first snowfall and Instagram it before it’s gone. The ones from Jack and Mary are made from your choice of upcycled merino or cashmere.
Not a hat person? You can still keep your ears toasty with ear warmers from Tami and Dani. Bonus: They won’t mess up your hair.
When your everyday gloves and scarves just won’t do and you need something destined for a night on the town, check out styles by Diana Griggs at Lisa Marie’s. She makes faux fur toppers and wraps that look luxe for a night out – even if it’s a blustery one.
Laura Serino writes the Fore Front Fashion blog on mainetoday.com.