9 Earmuffs and Hats to Keep You Cozy This Winter

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We’ll soon be in the part of the season when it’s a comfort (not fashion) choice to double back for the warm-weather headgear you almost left home without. If your checklist usually consists of “gloves, scarf, hat,” it can easily be transformed into “gloves, scarf, earmuffs” when hat hair is simply not an option. Earmuffs keep chilly winds at bay without creating a static-fest when you remove them. 

But if you’re partial to a reliable winter beanie, we have options for you as well. We’ve picked out several hats that range from straightforward to more jazzed up (and even one cloche). Whether you’re team hat or team earmuff, as the sun sets earlier and temperatures drop, these picks will help you stay toasty with cashmere, be-pearled, and shearling accessories. 

The Notice-Me Earmuff

Nooki Designs

Edie Earmuff

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If you tire of winter neutrals quickly, consider these very un-neutral earmuffs from Nooki Design. The light blue color (“Duck Egg”) calls to mind winter frosts and frozen lakes, and will definitely attract compliments. I love the contrast of the extra-thin band (which won’t flatten your hair) with the ultra-fluffy muffs that will keep your ears from freezing. If you’re on the fence about earmuffs, the super soft faux fur will win you over and ensure these become a staple in your winter wardrobe. 

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The Maximalist Earmuff

Lele Sadoughi

Jet Earmuff Headband

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Fans of Lele Sadhougi’s signature topknot headbands will be overjoyed to discover this hybrid headband-earmuff creation. The cult favorite brand channels bold femininity that has found popularity with women and children alike. These earmuffs feature voluminous faux fur and copious faux pearls, which have warmth and fashion competing for a reigning position. The 1-inch wide band ensures they won’t slip off your head, even during rambunctious winter activities like sledding or skating. These are undoubtedly a maximalist choice that will zhuzh up even the most basic cold-weather outfits. 

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The Ski Bunny Earmuff

Rudsak

Irene Earmuffs

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Faux fur isn’t everyone’s cup of tea: for less of a fluffy look, try these Rudsak earmuffs that have a sleek silhouette reminiscent of minimalist headphones. Rudsak is a Canadian brand specializing in outerwear, so you know they’re experts when it comes to combatting the elements. The ski coat material keeps this pair of earmuffs on theme with a slimmer profile than the previous two products. But they’re no less cozy — the nylon outer is complemented with a soft plush lining so your ears will be met with luxurious softness. They’re also available in a chic black-and-white houndstooth print if red feels a bit too statement-making for your taste. 

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The Quirky Earmuff

Toasties

Merino Wool Shearling Ear Muffs

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Just because you’ve never seen an orange sheep doesn’t mean these tangerine-hued earmuffs are too good to be true. For a whimsical look in an autumn-friendly color, try this Merino wool accessory that will have you praying for a cold front so you can make use of the shearling goodness. While we’re used to shearling as a lining for boots and jackets, the fleecy texture is perfect to keep your ears from getting icicles when you’re running winter errands. 

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The Must-Have Beanie

GLCO x Jenni Kayne

Cashmere Beanie

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Jenni Kayne is the queen of quality basics. Her casually chic line includes cocoon cardigans, shearling sandals, and cotton tees that elevate the everyday, so it’s no surprise that her cashmere beanie is equally enviable. This piece is a part of the GLCO x Jenni Kayne collaboration that includes a pair of matching cashmere socks (great for gifting as a set!). There’s a kid’s version and a men's version if you want to treat the whole family to a cashmere party. 

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A Twist on the Beanie

Naadam

Cashmere Twist Beanie

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A beanie doesn’t have to mat your hair to your head if you choose wisely. Curly-haired reviewers praise the light weight of this Mongolian cashmere weave. Naadam is known for sustainable materials which promote ethical conditions for the animals and herders involved in the manufacturing process. The feminine design of this hat incorporates a sophisticated twist that offers an understated riff on the traditional beanie (without putting you in crazy hat territory). If you’re about the matchy-matchy look, don’t forget lavender pop top gloves to complete your outfit.

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The Trapper Hat

COS

Faux-Fur Trimmed Hat

$79
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I love the warmth and coverage of a trapper hat, but I don’t love looking like a wannabe Paul Bunyan. If you have similar reservations, this weather-proof hat will keep you plenty toasty without implying you’ve just returned from a wilderness adventure. It’s constructed from completely recycled materials and can fasten underneath your chin if you’re braving windy weather. This style of hat is warmest when it has a fairly close fit so choose the size (XS/S or M/L) that’s snug but not tight. Your cheeks will thank you for the extra protection when you’re bundled in this hat on blustery days. 

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The Go-Anywhere Hat

KULE

The Gigi

$128
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For those who love a good Audrey Hepburn silk scarf moment, this unique hat allows you to translate the look to colder weather. If Charade, isn’t quite what you’re going for, you can also channel your inner babushka (or Kay Thompson) as you tie this under your chin. Think of it as the ability to add a hood to any coat. The quilted fabric (100% nylon) is reversible so you can pick between Navy and Latte depending on your mood. If you're left with any doubt as to whether this is a hat or not, the KULE website spells it out plainly: “It’s a hat.“

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The Hat No One Else Will Have

Lauren Manoogian

Knit Cloche

$230
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I had never heard of a cloche hat before, but Lauren Manoogian also introduced me to the idea of a knit handbag, so learning from the St. Louis-based designer is sort of a tradition. Manoogian’s textile creations span socks, sweaters, serapes, and shoes — all designed with incredible attention to detail. This bell-shaped hat style had its heyday in the roaring ‘20s, but now feels like an appropriate time to bring the cloche back. The hand-loomed shape lies somewhere between elfin and hood-like and while it’s not as tight fitting as a beanie, it will definitely retain warmth. This artisanally felted creation is perfect for those who appreciate craftsmanship and eschew anything that feels mass-produced.

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