The Want: Stylish winter boots that'll keep you dry to and from the office. They should be practical, warm, and have good traction—and they shouldn't make you look like Bob Vila.
The Get: Ilse Jacobsen's tall rain boots ($189 at madewell.com). These seamless Danish-designed galoshes are handmade from waterproof natural rubber, which is surprisingly breathable and flexible. Nothing should slosh over their knee-high tops and the rubber sole will prevent you from slipping. The attached tongue keeps water out and the cotton fleece lining keeps toes toasty even when the temperature drops.
An arsenal of this season's winter accessories
Don't want to sacrifice your coif to a hat? Throw on a pair of Ugg Cardy Earmuffs instead. The outside stitch pattern is understated, and the shearling sheepskin lining is the Australian company's trademark. ($75 at uggaustralia.com)
Prevent cold feet by pairing your Wellies with J. Crew's (JCG) warm Camp Socks, which are knit at Vermont's last remaining sock mill. The classic ragg marl yarn socks come in colors ranging from orange to light gray and navy. ($12.50 at jcrew.com.)
Warm your fingers with Kenneth Cole's (KCP) Leather Gloves. Available in four colors, these sophisticated gloves look like a regular pair of winter mitts but come with the added benefit of a soft, 100 percent cashmere lining. ($78 at kennethcole.com.)
The infinity scarf—also known by several alternate names such as the snood, loop, Moebius, and tube—is this season's ethnic scarf. Slip Topshop's chunky Zig Zag over your head and wrap it around your neck for double the warmth. ($32 at topshop.com)