Let's Hear it for the Boys

With winter weather setting in at Indiana University, students are starting to bundle up to keep warm on their walks across campus. So it’s no wonder that Fashionistas and Fashionistos alike are opting for one of the coziest layering options for winter: chunky knits. The best knits are thick, warm, comfy and not too scratchy. The knitted craze can be found in the latest sweaters, mittens or gloves, hats and of course, scarves. Chunky knitted scarves, as well as these glittens (mittens + gloves) and beanies, are definitely some of my favorite cold weather accessories because they provide considerable warmth yet can still make a stylish impact when they are seen peeking out from beneath winter coats. Don’t get me wrong, I love sweaters, but when it comes to winter weather style the outerwear is where it’s at!

To pump up your winter wardrobe, coordinate your outerwear accessories around your go-to winter jacket or coat like this Fashionisto to make sure you’ll get the most out of your cozy new additions. I would recommend looking for a hand-knitted scarf like this one from Etsy to ensure a truly unique statement piece similar to the one this Fashionisto is wearing. Because this scarf was handcrafted it becomes more valuable to the wearer and transforms itself into something besides just a material object.

Since the holiday season is all about family and friends maintaining the close bonds and relationships they have with one another, giving someone a handmade gift reinforces those tight-knit bonds (pun intended) and adds a personal touch. In the case of this Fashionisto’s knitted scarf, it means more to him than any store-bought item could because it was a handmade gift fashioned just for him with heartfelt thoughtfulness and care.

Hint: Maybe you yourself are a crafty, DIY kind of person and will make your friends and family unique gifts this holiday season that they will be sure to treasure. And maybe you aren’t so artfully-inclined but still wish to give a thoughtful gift. If so, there are amazing fair trade lines that offer products with a meaningful background that often have the potential for profound impacts on the artisans’ lives as well as your own, so you can feel good about giving a gift even if you didn’t make it yourself! For some gift inspiration, take a look at my Pinterest board here.


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