The nights are drawing in and the temperatures are dropping, which means it’s time to start wrapping up. And the best way to do so while still looking chic is to take your cues from those in colder climates.
Scandinavians in particular know a thing or two about keeping warm while staying stylish. One of the most recent and chicest warming accessories we’ve seen worn in Nordic climes and sold by Scandinavian brands is the balaclava or knitted hood. Commonly associated with keeping children’s heads warm in winter, the balaclava has reached adulthood in the last couple of years and is now a cool girl winter staple.
While the full face-covering option is also trending, we’re seeing more of the open-faced option on IG (as well as the occasional knitted bonnet and bandana). Best worn with the hairline visible (so you don’t look 100% like an egg), the hood can be paired with any outfit and comes in a range of designs, textures and colours to suit any mood. No cold ears this year!
From hand-knits to high street, here are our favourite picks this season.
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Maeve Dressy Bejewelled Knitted Hood, $, available at Anthropologie
Damson Madder Red And Ecru Hood, $, available at Damson Madder
Zara Metallic Thread Balaclava, $, available at Zara
YMC Green Wool Balaclava, $, available at SSENSE
Free People Super Stripe Balaclava, $, available at Free People
Arket Brushed Mohair Blend Hood, $, available at Arket
Basic Pleasure Mode Atomic Hood, $, available at Urban Outfitters
COS Fair Isle Merino Wool Balaclava, $, available at COS
& Other Stories Fitted Cashmere Hood, $, available at & Other Stories
My Accessories London Knitted Loose Balaclava, $, available at ASOS
Wild Cashmere Drawstring Ribbed-Knit Balaclava, $, available at Farfetch
Weekday Lotta Hood, $, available at Weekday
UO Kody Fluffy Knit Knit Hood, $, available at Urban Outfitters
Free People Over My Head Ribbed Balaclava, $, available at Free People
Topshop Sno Knitted Stripe Balaclava, $, available at ASOS
Deima Knitwear Hoodie, $, available at Deima Knitwear
Maje Gradient-Effect Ribbed-Knit Balaclava, $, available at Farfetch
H&M Rib-Knit Wool-Blend Balaclava, $, available at H&M
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