Headwear trends...let's face it, up until now, the concept didn't seem all that relevant, since the weather barely resembled fall. However, now that the end of warm fall days is near, it might be time to give fall 2013 headwear trends some serious thought, whether a simple style statement is desired or both function and style are important. As always, the biggest source of style inspiration are the runways. After all, these are an extension of the fall/winter 2013 fashion trends, so what better source of inspiration can one get?
The main tendency on the runways seems to have been to use headpieces as a strong focal point rather than to focus on practical aspects. Nonetheless, there's no shortage of cool options for those who prefer more understated alternatives. Here are the fall/winter 2013-2014 headwear trends you should know about:
Headwear Fashion Trends: Fur Hats
There's no point in denying it: fur is a big trend this season and this also applies to accessories be it fur trims or fur pieces. Among the luxury retailers that help drive the trend forward were Fendi, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and even Donna Karan. Most of these brands have opted for colorful, luxurious options that instantly attract attention. Though real fur options can cost a pretty penny and many fashionistas are less than pleased with the cruelty it involves, it's not necessary to avoid the trend altogether if it suits your style, as faux fur hats are a great on-trend alternative.
Fall Headwear Trend: Beanies
When it comes to beloved winter hat styles, it's quite hard to beat beanies. They have a cool youthful allure, are stylish and practical and are a great choice for many different outfits. Among the labels that proved just how versatile beanies can be was BCBG Max Azria which brought a variety of interesting pieces. Tommy Hilfiger, Rebecca Minkoff or DKNY were other labels that proved that the style is extremely relevant for this season, which is a great news as there are plenty of cool options at various price points to choose from.
2013 Headwear Fashion Trends: Berets
Okay, this is one hat style that won't do too much to keep one warm, however, it will sure help any fashionista make a chic style statement. Among the biggest supporters of the trend was Ralph Lauren, who opted for a mix of feminine and masculine accents. However, though monochrome pieces are always a hint among those who want maximum versatility from their purchases, they're far from being the only choice. There are plenty of cool berets in a variety of fabrics: drape, fleece, velvet or combination of these, but also cool printed pieces which can become an instant focal point.
Fall Headwear: Masculine Hats
Androgyny was one of the most well explored concepts for fall, which means there were plenty of cool options for those who love incorporating masculine accents into their looks.
Borrowed from the boys chic retro hats are a perfect choice for a strong style statement especially when drawing inspiration from the labels such as Dsquared2, LAMB, Cynthia Rowley, Charlotte Ronson or Tommy Hilfiger. Not a fan of monochrome pieces? Why not invest in a cool piece featuring a classy plaid pattern? Plaids and houdstooth motifs are among the trendiest picks of the season.
Fall 2013 Headwear: Baseball caps
Much like beanies, baseball caps enjoy a lot of popularity among those who prefer effortless chic looks. How have designers managed to put a new spin on an old wardrobe staple? By either changing the fabric or the allure of the sporty piece. In the Herve Leger by Max Azria fall 2013 collection, the style received a sophisticated spin, while in the J.Crew line, it became a cool style statement with the help of animal prints. In both cases, the effect was interesting and surprising.
2013 Headwear Trends: Hood Hats
There were of course, labels who abandoned the safe path in favor of something a little quirkier and more thought-provoking. Hood hats, a hybrid between scarves and hats, are one such example. These intriguing options were spotted on the runways of influential high end labels such as Alexander Wang, Vivienne Westwood Red Label or Jean Paul Gaultier.
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