11/27/2012 04:42 EST

Winter Fashion 2012: 8 Essentials To Keep You Warm


Winter fashion can be hard to master. During the warmer months, a maxi dress, sandals and a pedicure equals instant dress-up. But finding a cute, non-itchy sweater that fits under a coat or discovering the perfect stylish and practical winter boot can be a challenge.

Luckily, we tracked down Janna Zittrer, Founder and Shopper-in-Chief of Montreal Shopping Tours (as one of the coldest cities in the country, we knew she'd be able to list a few items to make winter feel a little less painful).

Here are a few of her favourite finds (all local retailers from Montreal!).

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A Cute, Waterproof Bootie

Finally a bootie that’s fierce enough to suit your fashion needs yet fit for winter -- thanks to its waterproof and slip-proof treaded sole.

La Canadienne Milanya, $325

The Ultimate Mitt

It doesn’t get more luxe than lambskin leather lined with soft rabbit fur.

Rudsak Glory Mitten, $90

Get Down With Down

A slim cut and longer silhouette make it possible to look polished even in a puffier jacket.

Mackage Kay-B, $680

A Nice Boot

A tall winter boot will keep your feet dry whether you’re kicking back on the weekend or climbing over snow banks on your way to work.

ALDO Bossi boot, $110

The Weekend Bag

You can’t get much more Canadian than a hockey bag, and this particular tote puts a stylish spin on the standard nylon styles.

M0851 Hockey Bag, $480

A Warm Noggin

Crafted from reclaimed leather and fur, this hat will keep your head warm without horrid hat head.

Harricana par Mariouche Sila Aviator hat, $269

Cozy Cashmere

For when you want nothing more than to swathe yourself in cozy knits, this cashmere shawl does just the trick.

Cleo Scarf-Shawl by ça va de soi , $350

Bum-Covering Coat

This is Andy Thê-Anh’s first collection for the activewear brand, and the Montreal-based designer’s attention to detail is already helping to raise the bar on sportif style. Case in point: this ski jacket with Art Deco–esque geometric stitching.

Lolë Gisele jacket, $240