At this time of year you can either pull out your old woolly hat, bobbly scarf and some worn gloves, or spruce up you winter wardrobe with some seriously stylish 'keep out the cold' accessories.
Beanies are slouchy and oversized and don't be afraid of bold colours, chunky knits and a pom pom to brighten up your day. Scarves are bold, bright, and long and if in doubt, go furry. A cashmere blanket scarf is the ultimate in luxury layering, plaid, checked and tartan adds a refined rural polish, while print and patterns (animal print, colour blocking and stripes) add a personal twist to more classic winter separates.
Gloves come in many guises this season and play a key role in the accessory department making a statement of their own. Go for bold colourful leathers or chic cashmere and merino wool by day and at night, team your LBD with a striking pair of luxe black leather gloves complete with glittering crystal and bead embellishment or Gatsby-esque fringing.
Where to buy: Stockholm, Sweden
One of the hippest cities on the planet also happens to be one of the coldest, which makes Stockholm the perfect place to stock up on winter accessories.
As well as renowned names such as Acne, H&M and Cheap Monday all hailing from this Scandinavian style mecca, lesser known Swedish labels such as Filippa K, Anna Holtblad, Whyred, Sandra Bauckland and Dagmar are also making an impact on the international style scene offering the perfect blend of too cool for school Scandi-chic as well as the avant-garde.
But if you fancy something truly unique, head to the district of Sodermalm (Soder) where you will find a medley of cool independent boutiques as well as cafes, art galleries and bars for those much-needed pit stops.
If ever there was a time to invest in something with a little extra sparkle, it is the festive season. But forget novelty earrings. No one was ever crowned an icon of style with fuzzy snowmen dangling from their ears.
Think glitz and glamour, with diamonds and rose gold for a contemporary twinkle, or if your Christmas budget can't stretch to the real deal, many of the big designers are doing super sparkly crystal earrings. Cocktail necklaces and bold and chunky statement necklaces also have the wow factor and are a surefire way to add some bling to your party dress.
But for the anti-bling brigade, understated jewellery can also make a strong style statement – try a single earring or cuff, a cool collar or a stark chunky ring.
Where to buy: Dubai
As well as the traditional gold souks in the old part of town (head on a Dhow over the creek to Deira for the famous gold souks), where, if you sharpen your haggling skills, you are sure to pick up gold and diamond bargains galore.
For a more civilised shopping experience, try Cara Jewellers in the Gold & Diamond Park on Sheikh Zayed Road, or Pomellato at the Dubai Mall. And as well as all the big name jewellery stores in the mega malls, you will also find some more unique and quirky pieces in boutiques including Sophie's Closet, S*uce, Valleydez, Symphony or for something with an Arabic twist try O'De Rose.
Just because the sun isn't blaring doesn't mean it is time to pack away your shades. And for globetrotters, decent sunglasses are a wardrobe must year-round.
As well as hiding over travelled or over-partied eyes, they add an elegant and contemporary edge to any winter ensemble. Sunglasses are the icing on the cake, whatever time of year – just ask sunglass aficionados Anna Wintour or Karl Lagerfeld. This season bigger is better and either round, classic aviator, retro sixties or cat eye are the shapes to go for.
Where to buy: Los Angeles, USA
The sun always shines in California, and with its bevvy of A-list residents, sunglasses are the go-to accessory in LA. Dita Legends on Melrose Avenue is on the speed dial of many a celebrity thanks to its stunning selection of vintage-inspired shades, and if it's a retro vibe you're going for, you can also try Hotel de Ville on Melrose Avenue for an eclectic array of retro and modern vintage sunglasses. For some designer indulgence head to Solstice Sunglass Boutique on Santa Monica Boulevard, another popular celeb haunt, who stock all the big names including Marc Jacobs, Dior, Tom Ford, Gucci and Oliver Peoples.
There is no shortage of choice when it comes to festive feet this winter. Lets start with practical yet stylish daywear...Flat ankle boots scream style but are also a good option for those frosty starts and icy streets. Go for durable tough luxe biker boots, sleek and refined Chelsea boots and embellish with buckles or play with animal print. If you are going to add a heel make it chunky or block. Brogues are also a good all-weather option while fancy flats are great for both comfort and style indoors.
Once darkness falls, it is time to let your feet shine with metallic heels, lace up stilettos and fluffy or glittering embellishments. Or for a flat alternative, bedeck your feet in glossy and shimmering evening pumps.
Where to buy: Paris, France
As the capital of chic and home to some of the world's most cherished shoe brands, including Christian Louboutin and Roger Vivier, Paris is the perfect choice for some festive frolicking in the shoe department. Rue de Grenelle, or Paris's shoe row, as it is otherwise known, is a shoe lover's paradise with brands including Christian Louboutin, Robert Clergerie, Prada, Sergio Rossi and Tod's all just steps apart. Also for the time short and purse heavy, high luxe department stores Galeries Lafayette, Le Bon Marché and Printemps all have fantastic shoe departments.
For more contemporary brands including Opening Ceremony, Maison Martin Margiela, Barbara Bui, Celine and Michelle Vivien head to Kabuki (25 rue Etienne Marcel) and 58M (58 rue Montmartre) near Les Halles. Garrice (30 rue de Rivoli) offers the ultimate in high luxe brands and for fun and unique 'where did you get those' shoes and boots, try Mellow Yellow (13, rue des Canettes) in St Germain.
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