Hello from Asia, my fellow fashionistas! I am spending some time in South Korea and will be writing my dispatches from here in the near future.
Since many of us had the immense good fortune of growing up in sunny California, we didn’t get to experience those frigid winters that many of our fellow Americans bravely endure. You know, shoveling snow, frostbite, spit that freezes before it hits the ground? What’s to miss, right? Wrong. After spending a few weeks out of town in a subzero climate, I have found that us warm weather girls are—unbeknownst to us—experiencing a serious fashion deficit. Our sisters in colder climes get to experiment with heavy duty scarves, a kaleidoscopic array of gloves, coats so warm that they could have saved the Donner party and my personal new obsession—earmuffs.
I have seen the earmuff trend in all its glory in the surprisingly fashionable country of South Korea. Stalls purveying the cozy balls of fluff abound on every street corner, and for a few extra thousand (won, not dollars), one can upgrade from a simple black or white pair to one that seemingly stepped from the wardrobe of Cruella Deville. Or perhaps you fancy something in a nice rabbit fur? Faux of course, dahling. Asians rock the street fashion, and earmuffs are donned by every woman under the age of 30. Keep your ears from freezing while looking après ski chic? Looks like you are about to have a new winter obsession too. (It is not even February after all and this summery weather can’t last forever you know.)
Where to find earmuffs stateside: Juicy Couture, Michael Kors and Ugg Australia all make cozy muffs that can be found on shopstyle.com.