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Cozy Winter Hats, Beanies, and Balaclavas for Every Budget

Cozy Winter Hats, Beanies, and Balaclavas for Every Budget
Design: theSkimm | Image: Backcountry, Free People
Jan 6, 2023

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When the temperature starts a-droppin’, winter hats come a-knockin’. If your cold-weather accessories could use a bit of a refresh, you’ve come to the right place. From an oversized fur-lined balaclava, to a workwear favorite beanie, to a trendy fuzzy bucket hat, we’ve got you covered (literally) with some of our fave winter hats at every price point. (Psst…we’ve also got recs for even more budget-friendly winter accessories.)

A beanie crafted with a cozy alpaca blend…

If you’re looking for something that’ll really trap in the warmth, snag this fan-favorite beanie. It comes in two neutral colors and is made with 12% Merino wool harvested from the brand’s own sustainable farms. Customers love the shape and itch-free material, and say it pairs perfectly with their whole winter wardrobe. ($45, Everlane)

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A puffer hat that’ll keep your ears warm…

Thanks to its long ear flaps that can snap under your chin when you need everything to stay secure (hello, high winds and snow). It comes in four colors — we love the royal blue — and three sizes so you can find the best fit. Oh, and it’s made from water-repellant and windproof fabric, so even the wildest winter weather won’t ruin it. ($78, Lululemon)

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A thick teddy beanie that oozes cozy vibes…

It’s the perfect cross between a beanie and a hat thanks to the semi-structured design, fleece lining, and single flap brim. Note that reviewers say the hat runs a bit large, so it’s a great choice if you’ve got lots of hair or are looking for a looser fit. ($38, Free People)

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A fleece balaclava that’ll retain all your heat…

Thinking of hitting the slopes or heading on a wintry hike? This super-soft balaclava with fleece lining might become your new fave travel buddy. It’s got an integrated face mask with an adjustable cord to block out all the wind and keep your neck toasty. Plus, the material is wind-resistant and moisture-managing. Bring it on, winter. ($29.40+, Backcountry)

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An oversized balaclava that’ll be the focal point of any outfit…

This one’s worth the splurge. It’s made from a wool blend and has an eye-catching faux-fur trim that’s the definition of chic. It comes in four colors, and the body has a tight-knit design that keeps wind out. Say hello to your new winter-wardrobe staple. ($99, Echo New York)

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A knitted balaclava with a color-blocked design...

A collab between Marni and Uniqlo? Sign us up. This one comes in three different color-blocked patterns and is designed to be worn as a hood or neck warmer. It’s made from a bulky wool-blend fabric perfect for chillier days. Warm? Check. Chic? Check. No uncomfortable seams for easy all-day wear? Aaand check. ($14.90, Uniqlo)

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A bucket hat for any occasion…

Since it comes in over 40 different patterns, colors, and designs. Bucket hats are back, and if you want to get in on the trend without dropping a pretty penny, this one is a perfect option for colder weather. You might want to opt for the cow print or bright houndstooth colorways for a casual look, or a fuzzy monochrome style for something a bit dressier. ($14.99+, Amazon)

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A beanie from a trusted workwear brand…

So you can brave the cold with confidence. This one’s been designed with a cable-knit cozy wool blend. It comes in seven different colors and has two logo options — we love the subtle design of it that you can tuck in for a cleaner look. And if you want to add a little fun to your ‘fit, snag this pompom version with a sherpa fleece lining. ($18.74+, Amazon)

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A wool beret that Emily in Paris would approve of…

ICYMI, berets are totally chic now. This one’s got a little less structure than your traditional beret and is made from a blend of wool, cashmere, and acrylic. Reviews note it’s without sacrificing on warmth. It has a rolled-edge design, comes in seven colors, and customers say it fits comfortably and goes with everything. And if you’re more into that craving that OG structured look, snag this one that comes in over 20 different colors. ($12.99+, Amazon)

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And a sherpa trapper hat for your little one…

This one is available in sizes ranging from 0 to 24 months and is made with recycled polyester. It’s got a boucle-like design with a little pompom on the top and foldable flaps for extra warmth when they need it. Pair it with this shearling vest and matching onesie for a dose of cuteness overload. ($55, Banana Republic)

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