The essential accessories

The items you can’t live without – and how to wear them

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Layering against the cold or as an additional personalised touch – women’s accessories offer both practical and aesthetic solutions to your daily outfit. Merino wool’s reactive nature makes it a versatile fabric that can be incorporated into any outfit at any time of the year. Here follows a stylish guide to Merino accessories for women.

SCARVES

The must have winter accessory, scarves give texture and colour to the darker shades of a winter wardrobe. Because Merino wool has a higher warmth-to-weight ratio, lightweight styles will offer as much if not more comfort and protection as bulkier knits. Patterns such as plaid or timeless neutrals such as camel can carry you through the colder seasons and into spring’s more lighter colour palette.

WRAPS

Larger overall and slightly more dramatic than scarves, wraps provide the same lightweight comfort only with a more casual aesthetic. Made from pure Merino wool they also provide the extra benefits of UV protection along with warmth.

Worn over the shoulders, wraps offer a whimsical, bohemian look. For a more layered draped effect, go slightly more oversized and keep loose at the front. Indian designers continue to reinvent classic garments, such as the sari, in Merino wool.

GLOVES

Winter’s chill can often dry out the skin on the hands and one way to protect them is by wearing gloves during the coldest parts of the day. Merino wool has the added benefit of natural keratin oils, which can help keep the skin of the hands in healthy condition. An easy way to wear gloves is to match their colour with that of either your scarf or jacket. Choose a fit that is snug, without being too tight and with enough length to go over the wrist.

IN THE BAG

A chic, understated version of the classic bag, a Merino wool totes offer a softer aesthetic than standard leather or faux leathers. Because Merino wool is a machine washable fabric, bags made from the fabric are easily maintained and kept in pristine condition. Discover the collections of American accessories label Graf & Lantz.

 

Illustration Barry Allen Patenaude

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