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Spoiler: Winter isn’t just coming, it’s pretty much here, and it’s taking away our freedom to dress in any less than three layers of clothing. While having an everyday uniform makes our mornings go smoother, it also gets boring — fast. Luckily, staying warm and looking cute are no longer mutually exclusive, so investing in a winter wardrobe refresh is way more appealing than pulling last year’s parka out of the musty dry-cleaning bag it’s been in since March. This season’s boots, coats, and cold-weather accessories are made to take the chill off the weather with high-performance features and fabrics, and fashionable touches.
Here are six style trends will make you (almost) happy about the temperature drop.
1) The City Hiker
The classic lace-up hiker has gotten an urban update. Looped suede laces, uppers covered with shiny pony hair (which, conveniently, is naturally water-resistant), and lug-tread stacked heels are just some of the ways designers have made these backcountry staples sidewalk-appropriate.
2) The Long Puffer
Is there anything more Canadian than wrapping yourself in a sleeping bag-length down-filled coat? This season’s styles get a boost from high gloss and iridescent finishes or cocoon-style collars. Look for coats with buttoned vents in the back hem to allow your legs full range of motion.
3) The Sleek Stepper
The most modern look in winter-ready boots: Maximum height with minimal extras, without skimping on performance. These streamlined, minimalist styles will stand up to snow piles and brunch line-ups alike, while platform soles will keep you above the slush.
4) The Cuddly Coat
Get ready to look like a human teddy bear — nubby bouclé wool, plush faux fur and fleecy shearling are the fabrics of choice for wool coats right now. While these soft coats and jackets will have you fending off extra hugs from your loved ones, they’ll also keep you ultra warm and looking ultra chic.
5) The Snow Sneaker
Combine the ease of a sneaker with the warmth of a snow boot, and you’ve got your new go-to shoe. Waterproof construction, rugged slip-proof rubber treads, and furry linings kick these kicks up several notches from your standard year-round sneaker.
6) The Brimmed Bucket
Summer’s bucket hat trend has evolved for winter with more substantial (and wind-blocking) fabrics like leather and corduroy. Also in is its much more refined cousin, the felt cloche. With a similar downward-sloping brim that covers your ears and shields your brow from flurries, this retro silhouette is surprisingly practical for the cold weather.