Winter has arrived, and while the season spells bright lights and hot chocolate, it also means temperatures that dip below freezing. Keep the chill off with these heated accessories and apparel that combine fashion and function.
The folks at Vulpés must have been wearing their thinking caps when they came up with this adorable heated beanie. Their cashmere-wool blend toques run from £120-£140 and are temperature-controlled with a smartphone app. As if that weren’t enough, the hats also incorporate audio inputs/outputs, so you can take a call or listen to music through your chapeau. Hats off to you, Vulpés!
Made with Glove was born out of a wearable tech hack-a-thon, and since we met the startup’s founder Michelle Hua a few years ago, we’ve been keeping our eyes on the heated glove niche. While big and bulky heated gloves are readily available, there’s nothing out there that’s as elegant as the gloves Hua is bringing to market. We literally can’t wait to get our hands on a pair.
We’ve been fan-girling over EMEL+ARIS’ seamless integration of heat panels into their classic-cut coats. Their approach of “one jacket for all seasons” shows how customization (mainly, being able to adjust the temperature) is a huge selling feature for those wanting to get more wear out of their wardrobe. Catch the company’s founder on Episode 49 of the Electric Runway Podcast, and shop their collection of outerwear starting at £996.
Now you can literally be warm from head to toe, thanks to heated insoles. These water-resistant toe-savers use thermal technology with a built-in thermostat so you can find the ideal balance between toasty and too toasty (a.k.a. sweaty). For $134.99 you can heat your feet for up to five hours straight with a remote that lets you take control of your foot temperature.
The best thing about winter is when you come home from a long day and cuddle up on the couch. This year, grab your heated blanket to compliment cozy time. These electric blankets from Wal-Mart run from $15 – $45. The digital controller has three heat settings and three-hour shut-off time. What’s even better is the technology features thinner and more flexible batteries that are machine washable and dryer safe, so while this may be your favourite blanket, it needs to special treatment when it comes to laundry day.
Complete the fight against winter with this pair of $99 heated slippers from the Warming Store. These tech-enabled kicks provide between 100 and 135 degrees of pulsing heat for up to six hours per charge. While they’re meant to be worn indoors, they can also function as your outdoor boots if you’re bold enough to brave the weather.
What are you wearing to stay toasty this holiday season? Let us know in the comments below. Wishing you and yours a warm season!