'Tis the season for covetable cold weather accessories, and we're giving you the heads up on what to wear up top. This year, don’t be afraid to muss your hair with ultra-cool, ultra-comfy hats: First, and most importantly, because they’ll keep you from catching cold, and also because you’ll want to wear them with, oh, just about everything. We’ve narrowed the playing field to three hat styles that will see you through this winter and maybe even beyond—depending on when Mr. Groundhog sees his shadow.
Karen Walker gave the beanie new life last season by adding sequin embellishments beneath a nostalgic pompom. This look is as low-maintenance as it is cold-weather chic, meaning you can slip a beanie on whether you’re wearing jeans, a maxi dress or comfy joggers. We’re particularly fond of Forever 21’s sweet Bear Ears rendition, which utilizes the animal face accessory trend for a hat that will keep you warm. And for a gold ol’ classic, look no further than a creamy white topper from Old Navy, which will fulfill your need for both a pompom and grownup pattern.
You don't have to go the real fur route to get in on the fun of this ultra-cozy look. Take a note from the Michael Kors fall-winter 2015 show by pairing your comfiest knits and sweater dresses with a furry trapper hat. Nirvanna Designs' creation offers the best of both worlds with a cozy cable-knit exterior and faux fur trim, while Imposter’s all-faux fur style is made even more adorable with an under-the-chin bow.
And finally, a Parisian classic—although the beret was given new life on the Italian runways at Milan Fashion Week, notably at Gucci, where the style was paired with chunky pullovers and slim-fitting midis. Try BCBG MaxAzria’s leopard version with kitschy netting, or, if you’d like to go a little more luxe, Eugenia Kim offers a cat ear style that is sure to make even the most hat-shy style maven purr.