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Cold Weather Accessories

Guest Author - April Alisa Marquette

I'd like to briefly speak about something that we sometimes forget about -- cold weather accessories. Just because it gets chilly out, and we find that we must bundle up, does not mean we have to look like the Michelin tire man or Frosty the snowman. Ethnic beauties, we can yet be fashionable. Below I will list a few ways in which we can do this.

Sure, on bitter cold days we should cover our heads, because truthfully, a portion of our body heat can be lost through our crowns. However, many of us suffer, simply because we aren't aware of how fashionable hats can be, not to mention warm. Head coverings are also quite practical in wind, snow and rain. The softer they are too, the easier they will be to stow in a purse or a pocket when not in use. The trick however, is not to allow the hat to precariously perch on top of your hair. It should always cover your hair, your head and all. Yes, and it should flatter your lovely face. Another tip, on the days that you wear a hat, why not try a pulled back or smooth style? This way you won't wind up with hat hair. Or here's a tip: I slip a pretty silk or satin scarf on my head first. Then I don my fashionable or warm hat. My hair remains as I styled it, even when I remove my hat! I may fluff it a bit, but I stayed snug and protected from the elements.

Were you aware that sunglasses, also referred to as shades are cold weather accessories? On the days when the winter sun is brilliant, add a touch of allure and mystery by wearing a pair. Pick face-flattering frames, or even a bright color to chase the winter doldrums. Then if you so desire, check somebody out without announcing it to everyone else in the vicinity. For those of us who need bifocals or trifocals, prescription sunglasses are a way to go. Remember though, if your bone structure is small, try a petite pair; if you’re blessed to be a large lovely, then by all means, supersize your frames.

Don't forget gloves. Not only do they protect our hands, but gloves can be so glam. Nowadays there are a host of styles to choose from. Brighten up basic outerwear with wool gloves in the sunburst color of your choice, or go with the timeless neutrals which include buff, brown, gray, navy and black. If you’re a leather glove girl, then don’t forget they aren't only great for driving, but they can be warm and fashionable too and they come in a host of great colors, jewel tones even. If you happen to like outerwear with three-quarter length sleeves, then try a lengthy pair of gloves reminiscent of evening wear. Snazzy! This way your forearms won’t be left out. They’ll gain coverage as well. And if you really want to go all out, as a friend of mine does, wear a cocktail ring atop a flattering pair of slender gloves.

We all know that scarves can transform winter wear and that they come in fabulous colors and fabrics and that they can be worn in or out. Therefore ethnic beauties, we’ll skip to the legwear which is not to be forgotten. Tights, no longer just for girls, will not only keep one warm, but they can hide varicose veins and the like. Some now even offer much-needed support. They come in lace, patterns, and colors. Worn under pants, skirts, or dresses they offer another layer of warmth. The same goes for socks, which I love. In patterns and various textures, socks offer a touch of class, whimsy, or panache when they peek from beneath trousers, pants or jeans. I love that when you need to look elegant, your sexy over-the-knee socks can add a hint of naughty. Or try a pair of legwarmers -- flashback, remember the movie Fame (1980) with Leroy and Coco? Legwarmers, available even at DSW, can be worn over jeans, boots, and leggings. They can be worn inside too, by why hide them?

I'll leave you with something someone once told me… It's often not the weather that's the problem; it's just that people are improperly dressed for it.

Enjoy your cold weather accessories ethnic beauties!
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