Cozy sweaters and accessories from two Maine shops
In Maine, we know that the struggle to stay warm and still look fashionable is real. Balancing the two isn’t easy—it often feels like we must sacrifice style for warmth or vice versa. I mean, who hasn’t gone to the market sporting their fleece pajamas paired with a ski hat and gloves? (Guilty.) Sure, it’s a warm ensemble, but ladies, we can look sophisticated and keep our teeth from chattering. Cold-weather clothes can be comfortable and stylish—the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
Local shops carry plenty of cozy pieces to add to your winter wardrobe—sharp-looking ponchos, scarves and hats that will leave you feeling like the (very warm) goddess you are.
At Gingham, an edgy boutique located at 90 Main St. in Yarmouth, owner Heather Veitch is stocked with oversized sweaters, fingerless gloves and hats galore.
Gingham wool buffalo check jacket
This wool buffalo jacket ($89) is slightly oversized, and the perfect item to throw over your favorite sweater or layer with a down vest. Cuff the sleeves and slip on a pair of fingerless gloves to keep those hands warm. Gingham carries gloves in a variety of colors, and once you slip on a pair, you aren’t going to want to take them off.
Cashmere silk poncho
Ponchos and are a fun way to keep warm without having to throw on a bulky jacket. This cashmere/silk beauty has a nice turtleneck collar and sleeves ($305).
Made in Maine by Betty Louise Studio, these “varsity stripes” knit hats come in a few colors topped with a faux fur pompom ($90).
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Rustic Arrow, 116 Main St. in Freeport, offers a great selection of boho clothing. The boutique is locally owned and operated by co-owners Natalya and Sarah.
Rustic Arrow Fleece Vest & Made in Maine Cowl
Layering is key to keeping us warm and sometimes a girl likes to have her arms free. This fleece vest has gorgeous detail on the back making it extra fun ($44), and the snuggly cowl is made right here in Maine by Haley Graham Co.
Scarf made from 100 percent recycled material
This gorgeous blanket scarf (also available in many colors), is made from 100 percent recycled materials and is super soft ($28).
Chunky Knit Beanie
Keep your noggin warm with this chunky knit beanie, which is not only comfy, but also comes in a few soft colors, like this pretty pink ($26).
Burgundy Fall Scarf
Between the buttons and the fringe, this burgundy knit scarf is a sharp-looking way to keep warm this winter ($28).
Katie Bingham-Smith is a writer, shoe addict and mother living in Bowdoinham. She pays her kids to rub her feet and never turns down anything with caffeine.