What headwear for winter?

I am lazy to write you an intro, so here we start by listing all the hats you could put on your lovely head.

I/ Listing of existing headwear

1/ The beanie

A classic.

Love it as it brings a cool vibe to any outfit at any age.

You can choose it oversized or perfectly fitted, low on the forehead or pushed back behind the hair… to each their own!

Weather basic, sporty or sophisticated, in a neutral or in a flash color, there is one for you… well assuming you like beanies.

Lovely Jenny Walton with a smurf like beanie worn low on the forehead and high above

2/ The béret

I kept the french accent aigu because this hat is our national treasure.

And yes not just Emily wears it in Paris, I do too. As many others of my fellow Parisians.

You wear it your way, low on the forehead or pushed behind the hair, straight or sideways.

Adds a retro vibe to a modern outfit and completes a vintage one.

Lovely parisian by Léna Farl

3/ The paper boy cap

Called gavroche in France, this near friend of the beret can sometimes be a captain hat when adorned with a ribbon.

Throw it on top of any simple outfit to take it next level.

Cute Dolores, with her quircky outfit

So chic on Franfynne

4/ “Real” hats 

What’s more classy?

Whether a fedora or a capeline those will make you look like a dandy.

But you shall be able to pull them out! Own the hat, don’t let the hat own you.

Alluring lady spotted by @parisiensinParis

Trop rouge knows how to wear hats 

5/ Headwrap

Make your own out of a scarf or go for a ready made one.

So Chanel…

African style headwrap on Franfynne

6/ The cap

I love incorporating those in fancy outfits. But you do you.

Cap à la saint germain des prés (spotted by parisiensinparis)

Very Diana! (spotted by parisiensinParis)

7/ The bucket hat

Another street hat that’s making a comeback currently.

Think of it as a cute bell hat like in the 1930! You could wear a waterproof one to fight the rain.

Queen of fashionable good mood Sophie Fontanel

8/ The hood 

Whether tied to your coat or living an independent life, the hood can either radiate a street vibe or a “princess fleeing in the woods” one.

Very “just got out of a fashion show” captured by Camille Bata

Yes indeed that’s a good to climb the Sainte Geneviève mountain in Paris

9/ Earmuff

Was debating with myself whether to include those, but did.

So they are reported missing since golden blogging era ca 2013.

Yet if you do have one and like it, please wear it and be different from the crowd.

Not sure if flattering with a facemask though. Oh well.

10/ The chapka

Another early 2010 forgotten headpiece. Looks very dramatic so if you can and want to pull it out, please do.

On Betty Autier, long long ago

Very cold, very chic

11/ The headscarf

Not really warm, the headscarf can be tied in many manners as the headwrap mentioned earlier.

Love the seventies way!

Always inspiring Jane Aldrige

II/ Coordinate your headwear to your outfit

As always there is an option to either match or clash in terms of color and style.

1/ The color flash

To be stylish in winter without overloading your closet, I recommend to play with accessories.

A bright hat works as a pop of colour with an otherwise neutral shaded outfit.

Black and beige plaid topped by a minty green beanie (spotted by parisiensinParis)

2/ Shades of a color

Mildly contrasted outfit on Patz Hunter with the beanie almost matching the pants

3/ Colours association

Pair the color of the hat with another one in the outfit.

Here pink and yellow on Linda V Wright

4/ The printed hat

Always a good idea to add a print into an otherwise plain outfit.

Like this very gentlewoman farmer look starring a plaid paperboy hat over a trench photographed by parisiensinParis

Voilà I hope I inspired you!


For more style advice and inspiration I recommend my books Dress like a Parisian and Why french women wear vintage   (that have been proofread by a proper English professional person of course).

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  2. Lovely outfits great style great colors. Love the post.

  3. Laëtitia says:

    Bonjour Alois, merci pour ce précieux article
    Enfin les filles peuvent porter des chapeaux !
    J’arrive à porter facilement et presque avec tout la capeline Je vais essayer le foulard mais bien qu’ayant une belle casquette gavroche elle reste dans le tiroir e sachant comment la porter avec une petite tête et étant plutôt classique girl
    Bonne semaine

  4. LaGrandeClaire says:

    Bonjour Aloïs,
    Un premier post le jour du solstice, c’est de bon augure pour 2021 !
    Vivant dans une région froide (sous la neige ces jours-ci ;-(, je suis dans l’équipe bonnets. Et même bonnets slouch (? est-ce bien le terme ?) que j’adore. Pour un peu, je les garderais presque à l’intérieur.
    Merci pour vos bonnes idées et bons conseils !

    • Aloïs Guinut says:

      Disons bonnets slouch vu qu’on a pas de terme aussi précis en français. “mou” c’est un peu vague et pas très glam par dessus le marché.

  5. Maria says:

    J’attendais votre premier post de 2021!!

    Pour ma part, j’adore les chapeaux de chapelier, mais il fait trop froid au Québec pour pouvoir les porter en hiver. Donc, pour le moment,je ne porte que des gros bonnets, et j’attends avec impatience l’arrivée du printemps!!

  6. Marji says:

    Bonjour Aloïs,

    la proposition 1 avec le foulard me plait beaucoup!
    J’adore aussi la casquette en dernier.

    Cet hiver je porte souvent mon bonnet rayé Royal Mer (l’une des rares pièces dans mon placard achetées en présentiel!!)

    • Aloïs Guinut says:

      Oh ça vous irait super bien le turban! Je vous imagine avec des boucles d’oreille avec.
      Et le bonnet rayé doit être mignon avec vos cheveux courts, très petit marin.

  7. MABdePARIS says:

    Nous l’attendions avec impatience ce premier post 2021.
    Tout à fait de saison en ce temps hivernaux.
    Alors, le bonnet déroulé, j’aime bien … mais sur les autres.
    Je porte plutôt des fedoras que je trouve parfaits s’il pleut ou s’il fait froid.En général, je trouve que les couvre-chefs “signent” une allure.
    Bonne Année 2021 que j’espère pleine de posts!

  8. Lana says:

    I missed your posts – always a fun read! I love all the options but usually do the hood, sometimes beanie ( shaped of color as preference ).
    I have “chapka” back in Russia – often called shapka-ushanka ( meaning – it could cover your ears 🙂 ). Shapka would mean any hat in Russia. I’ve got trapper hat some years ago in CA which have similar shape and lined with faux fur – works well on very cold days.

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