Nothing is as much fun in fashion as completing an outfit with the right accessories. A well-considered accessory can transform your look from blah to beautiful. Winter is also a great opportunity to add some of the layers summer doesn’t allow, with scarves, brollies, cashmere wraps and statement jewels on offer. As a fashion lover, I often choose accessories as my go-to gift option for those I hold dearest. Below is my pick of what’s available this season. I hope you’ll find something to covet for yourself or someone close to you.

Standard Issue cashmere rib hat, $149
Cashmere wool is synonymous with luxury, and the fine fibre from a cashmere goat can be up to 12 times as warm as sheep’s wool. Keep yourself insulated with this classic ribbed hat from the team at Standard Issue. Available in a bunch of colours, but this cool lavender is the hue that appeals to me. Shop

Blunt umbrella seasonal limited edition, $139
If there is one thing you can be sure of this winter, it is that you will get caught in the rain. Make your dash from the car to the office a stylish one with this limited-edition release from New Zealand umbrella masters Blunt. If their whimsical prints are more your thing, check out their regular collabs with fashion leaders such as Karen Walker and Kelly Thompson. Shop

Crane Brothers mocca brown nappa leather gloves, $225
Black is boring. When dialling up your gentlemanly sophistication, try opting for a brown, navy or soft grey. These gloves from Crane Brothers are lined with cashmere, adding to the appeal. A good pair of gloves will last a lifetime if you care for them well. Spot clean with a damp cloth and store in a cool, dark place to avoid the leather drying out. Shop


Sans [ceuticals] U pin 
The bronze U pin from Sans [ceuticals] is the product of a wonderful collaboration with jeweller Alexandra Dodds. Achieve elegant up-dos with a simple twist and slide into place. If that doesn’t sound achievable to you, never fear: Sans founder and award-winning hair stylist Lucy Vincent has step-by-step how-tos available online. Shop

Georgia Jay Embryo Cloud bag in apple, $270
Georgia Jay bags are designed and handmade in Auckland from deadstock leathers sourced from Italy, Germany and locally. The new Embryo Cloud is fun, kinda goofy and almost cartoon like, but in the best possible way. Shop

Deadly Ponies x Everyday Needs washbag, $79
Need a gift for someone hard to buy for? Look no further that the DP x EDN washbag. The design is considered, affordable and perfect for everyone. Made from waxed canvas and with leather accents, this bag is intended to be durable and long-lasting. Shop

Kate Sylvester Hugs shrug, $259
Well hello, 1997. Welcome back to the long-lost shrug. Is it a scarf? Is it a cardigan? No, it’s both! Wear fastened at the neck or pop your arms through and transform a summer dress into something appropriate for winter. Shrugs were such a wardrobe staple in years gone by, it will be interesting to see if they make a strong return to the masses. Shop 

Zoe & Morgan Ahava small signet ring in 9k yellow gold, $1300
I have a penchant for a good gold signet ring. I especially love a standout signet ring worn as an alternative to the traditional wedding band. New takes on the signet ring have popped up at many of our local jewellery businesses and I also love the idea of this one from local favourites Zoe & Morgan being worn on a pinky finger. Shop

Neil Adcock pendant, $1850 from Craig Potton Gallery 
Delicate necklaces will get lost in a winter ensemble, hiding under roll-necked knits and under outerwear lapels. Winter calls for statement pieces like this standout pendant from Neil Adcock. Thoughtfully crafted from amber, jade and gold nuggets, this necklace is like wearing a piece of art. Shop


The Daily Edited monogramed AirPod case, $49.95 
These AirPod monogrammed leather cases could just be the chicest accessory I’ve listed in this round-up – one of those items you never knew you needed but which are perfectly polished and cool. Coming in at around $50, this would also make the perfect gift for the tech savvy and hard to buy for. Unfortunately, there’s no love for the Samsung users among you – these cases are only for Apple AirPods. Shop

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