One of the reasons I appreciate growing up in Northern Michigan is that I prefer dressing for cold weather. While flip flops and cover-ups are fun to buy in the dead of winter, it’s just a cruel injustice for those of us who no longer experience a built-in spring break. We haven’t exactly had a shortage of low temperatures this winter; whether or not the groundhog saw his shadow, I haven’t seen mine in what feels like weeks. My morning routine goes something like this:
1. Wake Up
2. Add a layer
3. Add a pair of socks
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until satisfied
5. Get out of bed
Unless you’re careful, this routine can make you look somewhat frumpy and lumpy in the winter months. This year I’m trying to limit myself to a few sweaters that I rotate through, and then changing the look weekly by utilizing different accessories. I would never want to be seen brushing off my car wearing the same ear muffs week to week. I talked to a dear friend, Marketing and PR Director for Baabaazuzu, Hillary Voight, on ways to accessorize cold weather wear that are both practical and enviable. But before we talk about specifics, you may need a refresher course on Baabaazuzu.
Founded by designer Sue Burns in the winter of 1993, Baabaazuzu started off as a way to upcycle shrunken sweaters to get creative with her daughters’ clothing (one of her daughters is my friend Hillary, get it?). As most great ideas do in winter, this one began to snowball: twenty years later it has evolved into a formidable and unique women’s clothing line that is sold in over 900 retailers in North America and a few locations abroad. The heart of the company resides in our very own Lake Leelanau and employs seamstresses across northern Michigan. For more details on the company, read what fellow Awesome Mitten writer Joanna Dueweke wrote in her Baabaazuzu feature article.
For their winter accessories this year, Baabaazuzu has included a number of hard to find pieces, including boot liners, headbands, brooches, and pins to pull an outfit together. The bootliners, with a stirrup at the bottom to prevent an upwards climb fit into almost any footwear: cowboy, rain, snow, and bar crawl heel boots. The best seller of 2013 has been the fingerless gloves, making calling, texting, and hand gesturing so easy. The men’s and women’s scarves are pieced together, all unique, with different colors, textures, and patterns to make a solid colored coat come to life. All of Baabaazuzu’s mittens and headbands are lined with polar fleece to ensure no winter winds dampen your day. A personal favorite, the Cloche Hat, comes with a removable pin, making the hat versatile. Although these other original pieces aren’t featured in this particular set of photos, visit Baabaazuzu’s website to browse their collection of purses, jackets, vests, slippers, and more! If you happen shrink any sweaters before winter’s end, send them in to make your own unique accessory.
While I’m currently partial to the unique woolen look of Baabaazuzu, where do you get your Michigan-made accessories? Comment on this article and let me know!
Lyndsay Israel– Feature Writer