“Hats are going to be huge this autumn. Before you dutifully purchase an extra-large sombrero, let me clarify: if you want to get ahead in fashion this autumn, get a… you know where I’m going with this, right? To help you choose wisely, here’s the heads-up on autumn’s most alluring millinery.
Beanies are back, but not as you know them (ie worn with a vest, tats and an earnest expression during the early rounds of The X Factor). The beanie as hat du jour may have come as a surprise to those of us who thought we’d reached saturation point.
the people who know better (Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang and Donna Karan) all showed beanies in their autumn collections. Wear yours fashion blogger-style, with pointed courts and a mannish coat, or take inspiration from the runway and try twinkling Lurex or embellished wool for evening. Markus Lupfer has excelled himself with his bejewelled beanies this season.
At the other end of the hat spectrum is the fedora. Again, it’s been around for a while, but (as with the beanie) the 2013 update is in how you wear it. If you want to keep it current, your head and your heels should be doing different things. So while a casual beanie will look fresh with smarter shoes, with a fedora the reverse applies. Team it with something more relaxed (a parka, boots and a fabric scarf?) rather than opting for head-to-toe 70s glamour. River Island has a colourful selection of fedoras, or try French Connection, Boden and Linea at House of Fraser.
As for fur and fluff, the easiest way to dip a metaphorical toe into the trend for fluffy textures that is everywhere this winter is to wear it on your head.”