This summer was all about fabulous headwear. Fedoras, buckets hats and beanies abounded were turning heads (so to speak) throughout the season. And though the temps have begun to drop, the trend of sporting terrific toppers doesn’t have to end. Quite the contrary, fall and winter hats can add that much needed punch of panache to spice up an otherwise humdrum ensemble. Whether you fancy a confection in cashmere, wool or fur â€” pulling a cold weather cap down snugly over your ears is the ultimate statement in both fashion and function for these chilly upcoming seasons.
Great American designers like Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren have dispelled the myth of the skullcap. Once paired with sailors, and, more recently, skater boys, the quick fix to a cold winter day has gotten a serious style makeover. Kors sent the thick knit hats down his fall runway, pairing it with elegant sportswear. The effect is that the casual cap can be quite effectively dressed up when paired with a trench, lady coat or even classic pea coat. Though there are no doubt countless styles of this hat to choose from, Tomas Maier‘s cashmere and mohair beanie is a luxe option that will last many a blustery night while keeping its shape intact.
It wasn’t until recently that the fur trapper cap became such a style staple but, now that it is, it’s difficult to see why it took so long to catch on. A grandiose piece, the fur trapper is not for the timid but for those looking to make a splash. Pair the furry chapeau with anything from a flannel and stovepipe jeans to a capelet and pearls for a sophisticated ski bunny statement. Lutz & Patmos made their trapper cute and campy with a purple hue and over-sized poms-poms, while Bop Basics offers up a classic hue in faux fur and boats just as much comfy coverage.
As delicate as the falling snow, winter white hats are the pinnacle of ladylike chic, especially when they’re berets. Though impractical to keep clean, there’s just something about white accessories in winter make that make them as indulgent as making snow angels. As a neutral, a milky white hat can do its part to brighten up the drab winter palette of blacks and grays. Milly‘s neat little number looks polished when paired with an LWD and heels, proving that berets can work just as well inside as they do out. Add a bit of twinkle, like Juicy Couture‘s wool version, and it can take you straight from daytime to an evening of glamour.
And finally, for all you fedora fanatics â€” your favorite headwear has gotten a winter makeover as well. As if the summer style had pulled a wooly blanket over itself, the sleek shape bodes best when draped in a furry angora. It seems to boast the best of both worlds by keeping the same saucy shape but with twice the warmth. Pair it with a nipped it velvet blazer and jeans for fall, then tack it on as the sleek finishing touch with an overcoat in the frost. Carmen Marc Valvo tipped his own hat to the style with his nod to Old Hollywood glamour. And the queen of fab fedoras herself, Malene Birger, offers up a plush version in her lower-priced line.
Strap on any one of these nifty caps for an instant jolt of dazzle into your cold weather wardrobe and stay warm this year while looking hot!
1. Gray Wool Beanie
â€¨Runway: Michael Kors Fall 2010
â€¨Real Way: Tomas Maier Cashmere and Mohair-Blend Beanie $295
2. Fur Trapper
â€¨Runway: Lutz & Patmos Fall 2010 RTW
â€¨Real Way: Bop Basics Faux Fur Trapper Hat $98
3. White Embellished Beret â€¨
Runway: Milly Fall 2010 RTW
â€¨Real Way: Juicy Couture Rhinestone Beret $58
4. Black Angora Fedora â€¨
Runway: Carmen Marc Valvo Fall 2010 RTW
â€¨Real Way: Black Angora Fedora $150
Runway Photos: NYMag.com
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