Hat Factor

Have you got the hat factor?

It’s that time of year again; the frost is setting in and our favorite winter addition is becoming a cold-weather survival accessory rather than just a fashion statement. Celebs take to the streets in fur, felt, velvet and wool hats in an attempt to keep their earlobes free from icicles, whilst the savvy street-stylers search for the perfect winter warmer to see them well into to the New Year. We have put together a fashionable A-Z of the most stylish knit hats to keep you icicle-free this winter.

1) The Beanie

Probably the most easy-breezy option of the lot in terms of accessorizing, the beanie hat is a wardrobe must-have that can transform a simple cold-weather ensemble with minimal effort. You could match the drizzly weather and go for a grey or black beanie that would go with everything, or defy the rain and opt for a bright version that will add a much-needed pop of color to your winter wardrobe. The beanie is a totally wearable winter hat that will suit most face shapes and hairstyles, regardless of your style, and a casual beanie will always look great with a subtle slick of dark lipstick.

2) Fur trapper hats

Covered in fur or styled to look like a fluffy animal, fur trapper hats are a favorite among the fashion world for two reasons; they keep your head warmer than a teapot under a tea cozy and they are a great way to add a splash of excitement to your outfit. Opt for neutral colors that you can pair with any outfit or ones with pom-pom detailing for an extra dose of cool. Remember to keep your winter coat fur-free if you’re going for an extravagant trapper hat; too much fur and you’ll look like an Eskimo!

3) Felt fedoras

Probably the most stylish winter hat since the cloche hat, the fedora hat was first designed for men in the 19th century and is now worn by fashionable men and women all over the world. Versatile and super easy to wear, use your fedora to accentuate the style of your outfit. Wearing a pretty floral number? No problem, use a fedora to add an extra touch of femininity. Opting for a trouser suit? Use a black or grey fedora hat to add a touch of edge to your masculine ensemble. For winter AW12 stick to deep berry hues or neutral blacks and greys.

Whatever your style, knit hats and wool hats for winter will keep you toasty and warm whilst adding another dimension to your ensemble. Textured hats like felt and wool look great with blazers and coats, whilst smooth felt fedoras and crisp bowlers will tone down an oversized fur coat. Remember that winter hats are all about comforting hues and textures, so keep the colors warm and you’ll be well on your way to winter chic.

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