Women are known for having the tendency to skip comfort, especially when the ultimate goal is to achieve a flawless head-to-toe look. This usually translates to wearing heels despite the amount of time spent walking or standing easily surpassing the first bearable hour, or forgetting all about headgear when the temperatures start dropping at a considerable rate. Most of times it’s all worth it in the end.
But if the heels situation is kind of a perpetual sacrifice, the fall 2013 fashion trends bring back the taste for convenience, as they are all pointing towards keeping warm in style. Due to the revival of ’90s neo-grunge, the beanie has, as of last fall, taken center stage, moving from ski resorts to town and growing from a casual week-end accessory into a Monday-through-Sunday statement of edginess.
The beanie attitude agrees with a full spectrum of styles for fall, encouraging creativity and inviting you to step outside your comfort zone. After the break, read all about the beanie types that will be trending come autumn / winter and learn how to top off your fall ensembles with the perfect knit accent.
The beanie for fall 2013.
Just like many of the other accessories to have stood the test of time, or experienced a rather sudden revival over the past couple of seasons, the beanie evolved from being a mere manifestation of casualness, to becoming an acclamation of contemporary style. For fall 2013, the beanie is that appendix that will set you apart, especially when approached from a unique and unexpected angle.
Beanie on the runway at BCBG Max Azria F/W ’13
The slouchy beanie.
Cool and carefree, the slouchy beanie achieves a more chic status when paired to structured garments, fitted ensembles and clean layers during fall. High-heels and an oversized bag help set the needed contrast between classy and casual, preventing your entire outfit from looking too slumped. The key to sporting the slouchy beanie in a cool way lies in finding that perfect masculine/feminine balance.
Slouchy beanie on the runway at Rebecca Minkoff F/W ’13
The oversized women’s beanie.
Playful and dramatic at the same time, the oversized beanie looks best whenever paired to sleek, minimal cuts, and fabrics that are both light and delicate. The exaggerated knit headwear design is the kind that will automatically set you apart, so it must be worn with confidence and poise. For more contrast, pick your beanies in mild tones of dusted pink, lilac or camel.
Oversized beanie on the runway at Giles F/W ’13
The women’s straight-up tall beanie.
You may recognize this particular type of beanie as being the exact same style to have invaded the streets and the blogosphere alike, all throughout last winter’s months. The good news is that if you haven’t got the chance to give it a try, the straight-up tall beanie transitioned into fall 2013, sky-high attitude and all. But if you care for a style that will truly set you apart during the upcoming season, the saturation of this style means it’s simply not it.
Straight-up tall beanie at M. Patmos F/W ’13
The women’s pom-pom beanie.
Practical, pretty and playful, adding up to femininity where the other styles cut, the pom-pom beanie becomes key to a fashionable fall season. Pair it to easy ensembles in light colors and set the contrast upon whimsical prints and lightweight textures. A short dress, a miniature clutch and a pair of heeled booties are all the accents you’ll need in order to set-off balance.
Pom-pom beanie at Karen Walker F/W ’13
The fitted beanie.
Tight and hanging low, the fitted beanie is not only the answer to a bad hair day/situation, it is also what cool girls all over the world will be sporting with ease come fall. We love the contrast set at BCBG Max Azria’s autumn 2013 presentation, where long and loose dresses and skirts were flawlessly paired to lightweight beanie hats. Talk about unexpected combinations.
Fitted beanie at BCBG Max Azria F/W ’13
How to wear the beanie hat this fall.
Key to sporting the beanie hat with style and poise all throughout fall and winter is learning to embrace the atypical. Forget all about the previously established rules that enforce casual combinations and instead bet on eccentricity. Mix and match styles, clash aesthetics and follow your instincts, because either on your way to the office or to an evening celebration, the beanie hat becomes unavoidable:
- Offset the boyish/casual vibes of the beanies with sleek silhouettes, sophisticated cuts and the mandatory pair of high heels
- Don’t be afraid to go all out, by paring the beanie with something utterly feminine and refined, much like a floor-sweeping evening gown
- For an extra dose of glamour, go for the newest takes on Jil Sander’s iconic netted beanie; Kate Spade added the veil to a cute pom-pom hat
Beanie hats on the runway at Donna Karan F/W ’13, Giles F/W ’13 and Kate Spade F/W ’13
- For a fresh androgynous approach, team the beanie with menswear inspired blazers and coats, cropped pants and smart button-downs
- A quilted bomber jacket – flared skirt – straight beanie hat combination will translate to a super-cool interpretation of the recently revived neo-grunge trend
- Preppy never looked more charming; wear your slouchy beanie this fall with fitted mini skirts, knitted cardigans and knee-high boots
Beanie hats on the runway at Gryphon F/W ’13, DKNY F/W ’13 and Rebecca Minkoff F/W ’13
- In terms of outerwear, a structured coat, even one that’s slightly oversized, offers the greatest amount of contrast, making the entire look appear ultra-modern and chic
- If going monochromatic is too plain for you, fear not as a vivid print works like a charm when associated with a knitted pom-pom beanie
- A pair of boyish shorts, a knitted sweater and a pair of flat shoes, topped off with a fitted beanie is the best way to reinforce your casual go-to combination for the cold days
Beanie hats on the runway at DKNY F/W ’13, Leonard St. F/W ’13 and Agnes B F/W ’13