Celeb-style winter headgear that’ll keep your head warm (and hide a bad hair day)

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Check out the headgear that your favourite celebrities are rocking this winter.
A stylish updo or wig may have been your saving grace on many an awkward hair day, but sometimes even wigs have their not-so-good days; and there comes a time when that slick ponytail can no longer be your daily go-to. Enter the latest in headgear for the AW19 season. From Marc Jacobs beanies to Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Dior bucket hats, as well as our very own Rich Mnisi’s Nwa-Mulamula: Milorho ’19 hats, here are the top five headgear trends this season has to offer.
Written by Afika Jadezweni

Beanies

When Marc Jacobs had models walking down the runway in knit beanies and hat hair at his AW19 show, Vogue dubbed the designer’s unlikely accessory choice a moment of ‘undone elegance’. The beanie has never really had a fashion moment, at least not one that would deem it runway worthy; however it looks like it’s set to be a street-style hit this winter. Complete with a statement coat or jacket, the knit beanie has earned its spot in the accessory hall of fame.

Berets

This has been a big one for some years now, drawing inspiration from both 1920s sportswomen and the uniform of the Black Panther movement of the 1960s. The beret can also be attributed to the ‘chic French girl’ look, while South Africans might also attach a certain nostalgia about their grandmothers to the beret. Perhaps the fact that the beret isn’t an item of fashion only associated with one group or a particular time in history, is what makes it such an enduring piece to own.

Baker-boy hats

If you’re into 1920s trivia, you’ll know that the baker-boy/paper-boy hat was not the kind of headgear you’d find in the wardrobes of the sartorially elite. As the name implies, it was literally worn by the poor working class – bakers, paper boys, fishermen and chauffers for the rich. The British crime drama Peaky Blinders has also popularised a version of the flat cap that the gang adopted as part of their signature look. The multiple reimaginations of the baker-boy hat have now hit retail shelves in a big way.

Head scarves

The purpose of the head scarf wasn’t always about looking ultra-glam as you drove off into the sunset in a red convertible. Besides looking like money, the purpose of wrapping a scarf around your hair in said convertible was to avoid getting wind hair á la Bridget Jones. Images of Hollywood glam aside, the head scarf is quite symbolic for women across the world, especially in the context of religion. Islamic women wear the Hijab as an empowering form of modesty and worship, for example. On the other hand, in various African cultures, it can also be a way of showing respect to a bereaved family. Conversely, married African women also wear head scarves when visiting their in-laws. While the function of the head scarf might not primarily be that of glamour, the power of reclamation means it can be worn in an array of style-savvy, head-turning ways. Even on celebratory occasions!

Faux fur

The faux-fur hat historically was all about practicality – in frigid Russia – but it’s taken on a new look. For a dramatic look that makes a statement, try mixing your textures by pairing fur with leather or patent.


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