With most cultural events shelved, we’ve longed for something to fill the style bingo hole that occasions like the Met Gala entail. Strangely, it was Joe Biden’s inauguration that stepped up and did exactly that yesterday. Kamala Harris’ stepdaughter Ella Emhoff wearing Miu Miu? Check. Amanda Gorman, the country’s 22-year old, incredible poet laureate, in Prada? Check. Someone turning up in Dior Jordans? Check, unfortunately.
The swearing-in of America’s new president brought with it a world-spanning collective exhale, and plenty of sartorial talking points to boot. One of the easier looks to emulate, though, was Bernie Sanders sporting an ensemble fit for an early morning bodega run. Or an event watched by tens of millions of people.
While the return of his Burton puffer jacket got more than a few memes, it’s the mittens that make it a winning winter look. Unfortunately for those trying to get their hands on them, Bernie’s pair, made from repurposed wool sweaters and lined with fleece produced from recycled bottles, was gifted to him by a teacher from Vermont. *Heart melts*.
After subjecting my fingers to sub-standard gloves, I ask myself why it’s taken me so long to consider the warmer embrace of the mitten. If you’re doing the same, we’ve put together a list of ten of the finest pairs around right now, from affordable brands including COS right up to luxury mittens by the likes of Margiela.
This pair has the Bernie mitten vibe and, unless you’re pally with a certain teacher from Vermont, might be as close as you’re going to get.
Master of refined staples COS serves up a pair of mittens that’ll go with pretty much any look. Because not everyone can pull off the loud knit-mit like Mr. Sanders.
Trust in The North Face and its years of outdoor wear experience to keep your hands warm all winter. Basically a fleece for your hands. How good does that sound?
Up and coming label ERL continues to impress with collections full of color and loud graphics. This fun pair of mittens by the brand will turn your hands into popsicles. Visually, we mean, not the cold part.
Born out of the long, cold, and dark winters of Sweden, Hestra has been making mittens for more than 80 years. It knows its stuff.
Look, we can’t all be as humble as Bernie, and sometimes a little logo is in order. Bearing Yohji Yamamoto’s Y-3 signage in reflective details, this is a good way to indulge the label loving part of you.
Margiela’s iconic tabi boot just became a mitten, and it’s perfect. Just don’t tell Bernie how much this one set you back.
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