Hats are back, and they are a fashion girl’s best friend! If you’ve been on Instagram lately, or watched a music video, you know that fashion influencers and celebrities have decided that hats are a super important accessory. Plus, sometimes you just need to wear one, whether it’s to protect your head from cold weather, to shade your face from the sun, wind, or rain, or just to hide a bad hair day. If you’re not sure which types of hats for women you should try with your outfits, we’ve got you covered with our handy guide to every stylish option.
Pom Pom Hat
The pom pom hat, known as a “toque” in Canada, is probably the most popular winter style for women across the board. It is a close-fitting knitted cap, just like a beanie, but with a fuzzy bobble at the top of the crown. Ideal for jazzing up any winter outfit, these hats are widely available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. If you’re only going to buy one, make it a neutral-colored knit such as the one pictured here.
It used to be only men who wore fedoras, but stylish women have definitely claimed this accessory as their own. When a woman wears a fedora, regardless of the fabric or color, she’s making a confident style statement. You can spot this elegant style by its folded top, short rim, and distinctive ribbon around the base. We’re big fans of this hat worn with pants outfits, such as jumpsuits, trousers, or jeans as pictured, to add a cool edge to your look.
Wide Brim Fedora
The wide brim fedora, sometimes called a safari hat, is one of the trendiest accessories for fashion girls right now. You’ll spot it easily by its medium to high crown, center dent, and wider brim that slopes gently downward all around. It makes a great winter hat in a heavier fabric, such as wool or felt, as pictured here. Wear it whenever you want to jazz up your outfit, or hide unwashed hair.
The schoolboy hat, also called a newsboy, can be dressy, or more casual, depending on its color, fabric, and style. Here, one of our favorite fashion influencers wears a schoolboy cap in wool, with a Chanel-inspired tweed dress, and layered gold chains, for a look that’s very French girl goes shopping.
Fur Pill Box Hat
When the temperature takes a dive, keep your noggin warm and cozy with the most stylish and high fashion of winter hats for women, the fur pill box hat. Also known as a Zhivago hat, after the 1965 movie starring Julie Christie, its soft furry shape is flattering to every face. Wear a fur pill box with casual outfits to instantly upgrade them, or with your fanciest going out outfits this winter.
The trapper hat is one of those happy winter fashion trends that is both super cute, and practical for women living in a cold climate. Modeled after a traditional hunter’s hat, this stylish outdoor hat for women is usually made of shearling (as pictured), suede, or leather. You can wear a trapper everywhere in winter, from forest hikes to the skating rink.
Ahoy, mateys! This type of hat for women, also called a peaked hat, or a cadet hat, is inspired by the head wear you’ve seen on ship captains, pilots, and military dudes. You can identify it easily by its flattish, soft top, thick band of fabric around the base of the crown (sometimes amped up with decorative details, as pictured here), and short, visor-like bill. Wear one to add a jaunty look to your outfits in jeans.
A head-hugging knit beanie is a super useful hat to own. You can pull one on when you’re having a bad hair day, and need to run to the store. Or, wear one over long hair, especially if it’s wavy or curly, to create a winter look that is youthful, and fun. Beanies are available in a variety of colors and patterns to suit everyone’s style. They look cute with just about any fall or winter outfit, and are especially great for accessorizing casual weekend looks.
The face-framing slouchy beanie hat is just like its plain cousin, but has extra fabric at the top, giving it a relaxed look that’s perfect for wearing with your winter weekend basics and puffer coat.
Ooh la la, the beret is back in style, and not just in Paris. The head-hugging, soft wool or cotton beret is experiencing new popularity in stylish cities around the globe, thanks to fashion bloggers. Wearing a beret won’t distract from your cute outfit, and its close-fitting, rimless style frames your face beautifully. Remember to tilt it a bit, for a chic look you can wear with everything from sweater dresses and pleated skirts, to pantsuits or simple jeans outfits.
The trick to wearing a Western-inspired cowboy hat fashionably is to dress against expectations. Sure, you could wear this style with a flannel shirt and jeans for a home on the range outfit, but it’s so much more stylish and modern to pair this type of hat with dressier looks, such as the fur vest and cashmere sweater combo pictured here.
If you think wide brim hats are just for summer, or on beach vacations, here’s some new fashion inspiration. A soft, wide-brimmed hat has a bohemian vibe that makes it perfect for wearing with all your outfits in natural fabrics, such as the furry vest pictured on this fashion blogger. You could also wear a floppy hat in the winter with a dark floral dress and cute ankle boots, for an effortlessly feminine look.