How to choose men’s winter accessories

Canadian winters can be unpredictable and full of extremes. To avoid getting left out in the cold, it’s important to dress for the weather. Do you need expert advice on men's winter accessories? If so, you've come to the right place. At Ernest, we offer an impressive selection of stylish clothes and accessories for the modern man. Here are a few tips on how to dress for the cold weather and choose the perfect gloves, hat and scarf for every activity.

Layers, layers, layers

In winter, the weather can change in an instant. Therefore, whether you’re walking your dog, cross-country skiing or building a snowman with your kids, it’s important to follow the three-layer system. Your first layer should be something thin and long-sleeved like a thermal undershirt. Your mid-layer should be a warm sleeveless vest, sweater or cardigan. Lastly, your outer layer should consist of a waterproof windbreaker jacket or down coat.

If you start to sweat, you can remove a layer and let the heat escape. Conversely, if the wind picks up, you can put a layer back on to protect you from the elements.

Mittens and gloves

Whether you’re driving, skating, hiking or walking around the city, cold hands and fingers can quickly take the fun out of being outdoors.

Fortunately, Ernest has what you need to keep your hands warm this winter. We have a wide selection of insulating and waterproof mittens and gloves in a variety of materials like wool, cashmere, leather, polyester and acrylic.

Pro tip: when trying on gloves and mittens, move your hands and bend your fingers a few times. If your hands feel cramped, choose a larger size. Mittens and gloves that are a little roomy will keep your hands warmer than those that are too tight. However, gloves that are too big are just as bad because they can easily fall off. In addition, if your mittens or gloves are just the right size, you can use hand warmers on long hikes and evening walks.

We also recommend bringing a spare pair of gloves or mittens with you on your outdoor adventures. Especially if you’re handling wet snow.

Hats and toques

Did you know that you lose 40 to 45 per cent of your body heat through your head? Consequently, winter isn’t the time to be worrying about messing up your hairdo by wearing a hat or toque. Your health and comfort come first. Besides, you could get frostbite on your ears!

Depending on the weather, you can opt for a hat, toque, thick woven cap, warm headband or earmuffs. Browse Ernest’s in-store or online collection for inspiration on what type of headwear to pair with your coat. 

Materials like wool and cotton are great options as they’re warm, durable and moisture-wicking. However, make sure to try on the headwear you’re interested in to find the perfect fit. Many styles come in one standard size, which doesn’t always work for everyone. 

Trendy winter colours

When it comes to men’s winter accessories, the must-have colours of the season vary from year to year. That said, some of the most popular and timeless colours for gloves, mittens, scarves and toques are black, cognac, brown, grey and red. Our stylists can help you find the right colour combination to compliment your winter apparel. They’re well-versed in men’s fashion trends and can let you in on the trendiest colours of the season.


If you want to stay warm and add a touch of elegance to your ensemble, a beautiful solid-coloured, striped or patterned scarf is the way to go. Depending on your style, you can tie your scarf with a simple knot or a classic drape. The team of stylists at Ernest can help you put together a variety of looks.

Ernest has the winter accessories you need to complete your wardrobe

If you want to create the winter look of your dreams, visit one of our stores or browse our website. On top of our gloves, hats and scarves, we carry a range of coats, sweaters and cardigans that are both stylish and comfortable

When it comes to putting together a winter outfit that makes a great impression, you can count on the stylists at Ernest. They know men’s fashion inside and out and can help you find the perfect fit. Get ready to turn heads with clothing and accessories from top brands like Martinique, Orvieto and Anthony of London.

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