11 Winter Hat Ideas To Help You Break Out Of Your Beanie Rut

It's time to give your beanie a break. Click through for 11 non-knitted winter hat outfits to try right now.

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Because a fur fedora feels costumey with denim-centric ensembles, you've got to go with equally dramatic pieces instead. A voluminous petal pink coat will get the job done in just one step—and keep you plenty warm in the process!

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Girls who spend their public school days dreaming of green campuses, secret societies and ivory towers: this one's for you. A fiddler cap and navy blazer is pure preppy perfection.

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The secret to looking like a grown-up in animal ears is strictly sticking to no-nonsense outerwear. This is not a moment for wearing your purple polka-dotted coat!

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When you're pairing a bright red hat with an all-neutral outfit, additional crimson pieces are required. Nothing crazy—a scarf here, pointy-toe pumps there—just enough to make the ensemble more balanced.

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Nothing works better with crisp men's suiting than an equally structured fedora. Bonus points for tilting it at a jaunty side angle!

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Wearing a colorful fur trapper cap requires a matching statement coat to balance the boldness. (Having Anna Dello Russo's fearless fashion sense doesn't hurt either.)

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While you could go the easy route with a long boho dress, a mix of animal print and khaki makes for a far more interesting choice. Think of it as the most glamorous safari outfit ever.

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To keep your beret look from veering into mime territory, try to avoid wearing black and white. Any other color combo works, but we're especially partial to a mix of silver and jewel tones.

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For two colors that clash, fuchsia and red work insanely well together. Hey, they say opposites attract for a reason, right?

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We're letting you in the style secret of British It girls everywhere: flat brimmed hats + printed tea dresses + moto bombers = laid-back London cool. Bloody brilliant!

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Keeping with the cozy, après-ski feel of a big furry pillbox, pair yours with something equally soft and snuggly, like a long wrap cardigan. (We'd go with a cashmere style, but it's totally your call!)

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Thanks to the teeth-chattering wind and icy temperatures Winter Storm Janus left behind, New York City is currently exploding with beanies. The soft, slouchy style was perched atop the head of nearly every man, women and child I encountered on my morning commute, as if all residents of the five boroughs received some mass PSA: "It's chilly out there folks, don't forget your stocking cap!" It's not the most original look.

Now don't get me wrong, the humble knit hat has many virtues—besides being cozy and warm, its a throw-on-and-go piece that matches everything. It makes getting dressed for cold weather easy. But, as you'll see from the 11 hat-based winter outfits in the slideshow above, the wow factor of a fur trapper, felt fedora or wool beret is worth putting in the extra effort. To help you master these looks with minimal effort, I've explained what makes each one work, and shopped out its key elements online. Click through to leave your beanie comfort zone now.

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