6 Dated Winter Accessories I'm Finally Ditching

During the many, many months of warm weather (I live in the South), I honestly kind of forget about my winter clothes and accessories. (Out of sight, out of mind, right?) But as soon as I see the 50s in the Weather app, I'm digging through bins of temporarily forgotten scarves and hats. 

Something that I notice each year is that my taste in winter accessories really changes, perhaps because I've gravitated toward trendy ones in the past. When I think about it, that's kind of the case this year too. I suppose the reason for this is that winter outfits can be a bit dull and the best way to make them less so is with accessories.

Just for fun, I'm divulging the winter accessories I'm retiring and the ones that are taking their place this year, because closet space isn't infinite, folks. Scroll to shop all of my fresh favorites. 

Ditching: Micro-Mini Bags

Adding: Winter-White Bags


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Tiny bags are obviously cute, but I don't travel lightly, so they don't work for me. White- and cream-colored bags are my current priority, as they go with everything black does but they're far more unexpected.

Ditching: Berets

Adding: Cozy Bucket Hats


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While some people look cute in berets, I don't. I've tried. So I'm happy to see that bucket hats are trending year-round now, as they're much more flattering, IMO.

Ditching: Snakeskin Boots

Adding: Riding Boots


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Remember the obsession a few years ago with snakeskin-embossed everything? Me too. I find it a bit tricky to style so I'm happy to report that one of the biggest boot trends this season is far more pared-down: riding boots. They're as classic as it gets.

Ditching: Big Necklaces

Adding: Big Earrings


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I don't wear necklaces much in the winter since they're usually hidden beneath my clothes, and statement necklaces that need to be big and bold enough to show up among the sweaters and coats aren't really my speed. Sizable earrings, on the other hand, are a jewelry trend that I love, and they can make a bundled-up winter outfit so much more interesting.

Ditching: Skinny Scarves

Adding: Hooded Scarves and Balaclavas


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Bet you didn't see this one coming: The scarf trend that's suddenly everywhere is hooded versions (aka balaclavas) so you needn't keep track of a hat as well. People who live in chilly climates will be especially pleased.

Ditching: Futuristic Sunglasses

Adding: Oval Sunglasses


(Image credit: @camillecharriere)

Futuristic sunglasses are still a thing, but I find them tricky to pull off, so I'll gladly swap them for the slim oval styles that are so popular right now.

Next: 5 Risqué New Trends to Try if You're Dressing for Revenge

This post was previously published and has since been updated.

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.