How to Accessorize in a Polar Vortex

Baby, it’s cold outside! But, you don’t have to sacrifice style to stay warm. Just layer on some of our favorite cold-weather gear to stay cozy (and oh-so-chic) all season long. Whether you’ll be bundling up right here in Chicago or escaping on a luxury ski vacation, complete your winter wardrobe with a few of these perfect winter accessories.

White + Warren Two Way Cashmere Topper

Valentina stocks these best-selling cashmere ponchos year round since they make the perfect travel piece. “They’re as warm as a blanket but still look like an elegant poncho,” says Valentina buyer Kristin DeHaan. “They also fold up easily and do not wrinkle in your luggage.” Available in a variety of colors, Valentina, 566 Chestnut St., Winnetka, 847-446-5480, $275-298

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Faux Fur Ice Scrapers

Adorable and practical! “These faux-fur ice scrapers will keep your hands cozy and fashionable as you dig your car out of the snow,” DeHaan says. Available in black, sable and leopard, Valentina, 566 Chestnut St., Winnetka, 847-446-5480, $34-38

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Yarnz Scarves

Yarnz makes oversized cashmere and wool scarves in beautiful prints and vibrant colors that will pop against your basic black or gray coat. Available online at Yarnz or Shopbop, $145

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Faux Fur Eye Mask

Heading out of town this winter? Be sure to pack one of these lush eye masks for the plane or your hotel room. Such a chic way to catch up on your ZZZ’s. Available at Valentina, 566 Chestnut St., Winnetka, 847-446-5480, $34

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Meteo Fur Vest

You can get a ton of mileage out of this versatile vest. Chalk Boutique owners Sharon Watrous and Carrie Kane say it pairs just as well with a tee, jeans and boots as it does with a cocktail dress and heels. Available in black or navy, Chalk Boutique, 2611 Prairie Ave., Evanston, 847-424-0011, $490

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Aquatalia Kaiser Weatherproof Boot

These Aquatalias are a worthwhile investment. Faux-fur lining will keep your feet warm and waterproof suede will make these boots last you winter after winter (not to mention how chic you’ll look wearing them). Available in black or espresso, Nordstrom, $450

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Sorel Tofino Boot

For a casual cool look, Sorel’s Tofino Boots are waterproof, comfortable and sporty. Available in a variety of colors, Nordstrom, $150

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Woolly Clothing Co. Ankle Socks

We love these soft merino wool socks because they’re thin enough to wear with a bootie, but will still keep your toes toasty. Although these are marketed as men’s socks, women will fit into the size small. Available online at Woolly Clothing Co., $17 for two pair 

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Caroline Amatoe Gloves

These cashmere-lined leather gloves “are colorful, cozy and easy to use with your phone,” says Ellen Stirling, owner of The Lake Forest Shop. Available at The Lake Forest Shop, 265 East Market Square, Lake Forest, 847-234-0548, $148

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Magaschoni Hat

You’ll be the most fashionable ski bunny in this “Dr. Zhivago”-esque faux fur hat. The playful piece instantly glams up your winter coat and boots. Available at The Lake Forest Shop, 265 East Market Square, Lake Forest, 847-234-0548, $298

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