Baby, it’s still cold outside. But that doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected. In the recent past, the choice was clear: text on your smart phone at the risk of freezing your fingertips, or tune in to your podcast by weaving cords and ear buds through your coat and scarf, then under your hat.
Technology and fashion have always been an uneasy mix, usually with the geekier aspects winning over style. (Anyone remember keyboard pants?) But now you can find both function and fashion—and sometimes even luxury—in your winter accessories. Here are some of the best high tech fashion choices available:
This is the most important winter tech-savvy item you need. You don’t want to take off a glove to answer your phone or surf your iPad. And those fingertip-free gloves that showed up a few years are definitely passé. Even Madonna has moved on from them.
Zensah Smart Touch Gloves ($30)
These gloves sport an innovative silicone grip on the palm of each glove. So not only will they keep your hands warm, but they will also keep your phone securely planted in your hand. With four-way stretch material and reflective stripes for visibility, the gloves offer both comfort and safety for you and your phone.
Newer Technology NuTouch Gloves ($19.99)
Made from a cotton mix material, these gloves aren’t the warmest options around. But you may be willing to overlook that. Thanks to a conductive fiber in all 10 fingertips, you can swipe, scroll or type with any finger. The charcoal grey color is an engaging mixup from the usual black. And the gloves come with a one-year warranty..
The North Face E-Tip Gloves ($40).
All the fingertips have patches allow the wearer to register contact on touch screen devices. Extra stretchy, they are perfect for smart phones. But don’t let the brand name lure into thinking these are heavy duty gloves for rugged outdoor sports.
Isotoner smarTouch Gloves ($42).
Isotoner offers multiple color choices, plus water repellency in these gloves. There is a no slip palm, and both the thumb and index finger tips have touch sensitive devices.
Ear Muffs with Head Phones
Ugg Tech Ear Muffs (originally $85, but on sale now). The ubiquitous Ugg—now you can carry the look to your head. Ugg takes last year’s chunky knit for boots and transforms it into a charming pair of ear muffs-headphones, lined with shearling.
Juicy Couture Faux Fur Earmuff Headphones ($65-98). It’s got all the amped up youth look and fluff (literally) of the regular Juicy line. You get lots of colors of faux fur to choose from, including shocking pink.
And if you want more warmth than earmuffs, there is the Took Headphone Beanies ($30). The beanie hat comes in a variety of styles, some more whimsical than others, and the headphones have a standard 3.5mm stereo plug.
And then there are the high tech fashions that just don’t fit into any category easily. Like speaker clutches. Yes, clutches—those little purses that fit into your hand handily, so you can hold a drink easily while looking chic at some evening soiree. Designer Rebecca Minkoff has come out with a collection of clutches that open into speakers, evidently so that a party can always be nearby. The materials are fabulous—woven leather or snakeskin with luxe brass frames. But the price tag, $300 each, might make you pause and think about how you feel the beat has to go on.