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Stay Gorgeous: Winter Hats

Science has debunked the myth that 70% of one’s body heat can escape through the head, but as long as designers keep making gorgeous winter hats, we’ll keep shopping!

Not only can the perfect hat keep you warm on a cold day, but it can also protect your hair from the elements, and refine your overall look. Take advantage of late-season sales and snag that trendy piece you’ve been eyeing, or get a good deal on a classic look that will hold up for years to come. Take a look below for more about some of our favorite winter hat styles.

The Bell Hat:
Few ladies’ hats scream “luxury” as well as the bell hat. Alternately known as the cloche hat (cloche being the French word for bell), this face-framing fashion was extraordinarily popular in the 1920s and 1930s, was revitalized in both the 1960s and 1980s, and continues to have a timeless elegance. Women who prefer a minimalist style will find this vintage look to be subtly feminine (such as this ravishing red hat from Hermes), while women who enjoy more flair will find bell hats embellished with everything from fur linings to elaborately detailed bands surrounding the brim. For an added air of mystique, try Victoria Beckham’s technique of tilting the hat slightly downward in the front (as seen above).

The Pageboy Cap:
A cross between urban sophisticate and casually laid-back, the pageboy cap is a fun look that goes with practically every outfit. The style originated with young newspaper boys in the 19th and early 20th century, and has retained a place in American culture ever since. In recent decades, the pageboy has gone from being relegated to menswear-only to gain popularity with female consumers. Women’s pageboys are designed in both cute tomboy varieties (such as this cap worn by Halle Berry in the image below) and more feminine versions using non-traditional colors, fabrics, and adornments like flowers or lace. The soft material covering the head makes it a comfortable, easy wear, and the fashionable visor-like brim in the front will keep the snow out of your eyes.

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The Knit Hat:
For years, knit hats faced a shadowy reputation for being more functional than fashionable, but recent trends have brought the mainstay of ski slopes and snowball fights into the limelight, with presence in 2013 collections of Kate Spade and Diane von Furstenberg and adorning the heads of celebrities like Taylor Swift at movie premieres. Unlike many fashions of the stars, knit hats can be enjoyed by everyone. Its unique versatility means that depending on a hat’s shape (the harshness of the day’s weather), the same cozy cap can be worn in many different ways, from a slouched on the crown of the head, to closely-draped around the ears and base of the neck (especially cute on women with bangs!), to full coverage, and in some cases, even layered. Keep your look stylish rather than frumpy by paying close attention to the thickness and quality of the thread (we like cashmere) and detail of the knit itself.

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So don’t complain about the weather this winter—if you can’t beat it, embrace it! Whatever the occasion, from professional meetings, to weekend brunches, to nights on the town, the perfect hat will ensure you stay warm and look smokin’ hot on the coldest winter days.

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