By Chiara Atik
The bad news: It’s almost January, and the worst of winter is still ahead of us. The good news: there are lots of cold-weather accessories to provide both warmth and humor to get us through the next few months.
Welly warmers are boot-shaped socks made of fleece, to be worn on the inside of a rain boot. The socks go to mid-calf, and unlike a built-in lining, can be washed, or switched out. Of course, so can normal socks, but for those who like the feeling of wearing a boot within a boot, Welly Warmers are the way to go. (Free People, $30)
There are a lot of accessories to keep track of during winter, so it’s understandable that every once in a while, some vital, cold-protecting item is accidentally left behind. Maybe this is why brands have started selling scarves that can perform double, and even triple duty as winter accessories. Scarves with pockets can serve as mittens when one gets inevitably lost this winter (Juicy Couture, $47.60), and scarves with hoods can easily replace hats that get left behind or blown away in a gale (Land’s End, $39).
Headphone ear warmers
For those who want to enjoy music during the wintertime without losing their ears to frostbite comes this clever contraption: ear warmers with built-in headphones (The Sharper Image, $29). The headphones are compatible with every type of MP3 player, and the cord is retractable in case you want to use them as just ear-warmers.
Looking for a belated holiday present for the guy or gal who has everything? How about a pajama warming pouch! (Hammacher, $39) Just slip in a pair of pajamas, plug it in, and he or she will have warm pajamas in just 10 minutes. Careful though: the bag can reach up to 118 degrees, so those PJs are going to be toasty.
Heat-generating body warmer
The Japanese brand Uniqlo has started selling clothing featuring Heattech technolgy, which purportedly absorbs moisture from the body and turns it into heat. Air pockets between the fibers of the fabric also trap heat, to help a body stay warm. One of the products is a body warmer (Uniqlo, $12.90), which fits the mid-section like a sort of body-sock, to be worn under layers of clothing.
Need to check your email while hitting the slopes? The North Face has come out with a glove that will keep your hands warm in the harshest of climates, while still facilitating easy iPhone and Blackberry usage with a “click-wheel compatible thumb” and gripper index finger. (The North Face, $75)
A simple click of a button turns this thin-looking jacket into something significantly toastier. The battery-operated system comes with three heat-settings and a replaceable battery pack. (Amazon, $129)
Sleeping bag suits
For those days when it’s just too cold to get out of bed — don’t. This body suit is made entirely out of sleeping bag material, and can be zipped and folded in a variety of ways, depending on your desired mobility. Perfect for all those impromptu long winter naps. (Sleeping Bag Suits, £99.99)
Chiara Atik is a New York-based writer who loves to watch '80s sitcoms and read Italian Vogue.