In high school I would leave a mitten or hat behind in the auditorium, at a friend's house, or at a random basketball game at least once a week – in fact I still do, except I don't frequent as many auditoriums or high school gymnasiums these days. Therefore, I've never invested in expensive winter accessories. It was comforting to know upon revisiting Aéropostale that the mall store where I used to buy my cheapie hats and gloves still carries an assortment of cozy accessories to choose from.
Of course, we're not talking cashmere (or even wool for that matter) but for less than $15 each, you can pick up a cheery cable knit scarf and some flip gloves, which are perfect for touchscreen users. And since years later I have still not broken the habit of leaving a single glove behind in a taxi, having an extra pair or two is a wise way to go.
Right now, everything is 50 to 75% off at aeropostale.com until December 23rd.