As the majority of us mainly focus our attention on buying essentials such as outerwear and thicker trousers for the colder months, we either forget or are left financially unable to supply ourselves with the most important accessories for winter.
Temperatures are gradually decreasing, which means we have much more freedom to play with layers and texture without the feeling of being in a hot sauna. H&M’s A/W 2012 collection offers a large variety of suitable winter accessories at affordable prices. The pieces are extremely versatile, lending themselves nicely to both casual and smart looks. The budget-friendly prices allow you to stock up on all of those belts, scarves, braces, ties, hats and gloves you have always put off buying in favour of a parka (not that we say those aren’t needed!)
One of the top picks from the collection is a slim, smart leather belt (available in both mustard-beige and burgundy – two of the hottest colours of the season.) The classic design makes it a versatile piece for a host of different outfits. An alternative, more casual, leather belt is offered in delicious cognac brown and black. Both belts retail at just £12.99.
To those looking to stand out from the crowd, H&M presents a wide selection of braces. The most flexible style is designed in classic black, but the more adventurous options include burgundy, or black with imitation leather detailing. Check out the stores for even more options, including brown and checkered patterns. All of them come with adjustable length and strong metal buckles, and they retail at £7.99.
The brand also offers a pair of timeless black leather gloves. Their soft texture and comfortable lining, at a price of £19.99, make them a perfect gift for someone else or even yourself. Expect to see them in more daring colours such as mustard-yellow in the upcoming months. The alternative is a 2-pack of fine-knit gloves, composed of 71% acrylic, 2% elastane and 27% polyester to minimize their drying time. Available in dark grey and simple black, the duo will only set you back £3.99.
If in search of a hat to doff, the two most essential choices are the flat cap and the beanie hat. The flat cap gives off a smart and refined vibe while still maintaining an air of the playful. It is available in grey and corduroy beige, two very versatile colours to compliment any complexion and a key tactile for the season. With a price of only £6.99, you can’t go wrong with picking one up for the forthcoming autumn.
The much-needed solution for those oh so cold winter months is the 50% acrylic, 50% wool blend H&M beanie hat. Its classic, sporty look works well with any casual outfit and also helps with the occasional bad hair day. The hat comes in three colours: black, burgundy and oatmeal beige. Also retailing at £6.99, it is a great option for the freezing winter days.
With such a great selection at equally enviable prices, you can easily add bulk to your accessory collection. This will allow you to create a much greater variety of everyday looks, mixing and matching, thus keeping everything fresh. Make sure you check out your local H&M store before jumping the gun though, as a large part of their colourways are available only there, rather than online.