The fall/ winter 2018-2019 hat trends are aesthetically very different from those of the previous seasons. As far as the fall 2018 accessories go, very few things are as practical as a hat, but we do not live in a day where we must sacrifice fashion for function. There is a hat for every season, and the new fall and winter seasons will be packed with options thanks to designers committing to keeping every head warm and adorned.
For the unknowing, a hat could just be a hat but for those in love with fashion, the resurgence of options like the cloche and the interesting avenues taken with lace and beanies will do much more than keep your head warm and shielded. Instead, the fall 2018 hat trends are sure to reinvigorate your wardrobe for a season where many can begin to get lost in their layers.
The balaclava made a surprising entrance on the runway as one of the top fall/ winter 2018-2019 hat trends. Sent down the runway to awe and surprise, the balaclavas chosen by Alessandro Michele for Gucci offer full or moderate facial coverage against the wind and cold with a stylish twist.
The addition of a few hanging, dangling or glittering accessories to these hats is meant to dress them up. Reception of the options offered, though appreciated by those who are not fans of the cold, has been mixed. Calvin Klein had a few options to show as well.
#2. Knit Beanies
Beanies are a cold-weather classic, so it is no surprise to see new fashionable options hit the runway and already gain status as a fall/ winter 2018 hat trend. Of all the fall 2018 headwear trends, this is the most must have, and the most functional for the upcoming cold seasons, and it comes in the most varied of options.
They can be dressed up however you like thanks to the designers who wanted to make sure fashion lovers, and people who just want to keep their heads warm, had plenty of options to choose from. Dolce & Gabbana sent a plethora of really fun versions down the runway, including a knit textured bear beanie with ears, eyes and a nose. Emporio Armani sent multitextured beanies down with the logo across a wide band.
John Galliano took the beanie a step further by adding plumes of feathers and lightly yet complementary colored veils. Missoni, and Michael Kors had completely different views on their beanies, but as far as fall 2018 beanies go, it seemed like the fashion just would not stop! Any and every aesthetic can find the perfect beanie for their wardrobe.
Headscarves will always be on trend, but the materials and aesthetics may change. The mood for headscarves in the fall 2018 hat trends seems to be ornate, with different and intricate designs adorning each one.
Saint Laurent showed the chicest black headscarves, while Gucci showed a heavily flowered version for winter 2018. Valentino showed a bold headscarf as well, but all were firmly around the head in one way or another.
Richard Quinn’s headscarves completely and strategically covered the heads and faces of the models in bold and soft prints and colors.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi really stepped out with Chanel, and Calvin Klein to bring out a real surprise – hoods. Independent hoods were on several runways in different materials, pins and more.
The Chanel options were close-fitting knit hoods, while Calvin Klein’s were bell-shaped and often included a slight bill. Some were in leopard print, others in a solid color like silver, but they seemed very convenient and an interesting stylish option to carry around in case of a late fall shower and, of course, to protect from unexpected snow flurries.
Balenciaga showed a rich blue hood that was reminiscent of pulling up a turtleneck – just much higher than expected. The concept of carrying around a hood for an as-needed head covering is not new, but the options put down the runway were certainly a refreshing take on them.
Lanvin, Toga, and Maison Margiela also created options allowing for fashionistas around the world to choose one of the many functional and fashionable options that will work best for them.
#5. Lace Hats
Lace, wrapped around and strategically worn was the surprise fall 2018 hat trend. Though the coverage is fashionable, the protection from the elements is minimal. As such, it is a feature more suited for fall than winter, but beautiful nonetheless.
Elie Saab showed lace wrapped over the crown of the head and around the neck, like a well-placed lace scarf more than anything else. Gucci really took lace as a head (and face) covering to new places.
#6. Bejewelled and Beaded Hats
Gucci holds the title for the best of the beaded and bejewelled fall 2018 hats. Some are so intricately beaded that they show a moving pattern as the wearer walks. Others are sparkling nets on the crown of the head with long draping options that hung around the face like bangs, or down past the ears like earrings very reminiscent of an updated flapper era beaded cap.
#7. Shaped Hats
Some people prefer a look that gains a lot of attention, and interestingly shaped hats are one of the most anticipated fall/ winter 2018-2019 hat trends. Elie Saab showed a hat that looked to be a hybrid between a shorter top hat and a bowler hat with a cleverly curved brim, a whole new take on the classic styles of hats.
Missoni took another direction with a soft, furry floppy hat that looked the most comfortable floppy hat ever made. Gareth Pugh sent out molded, crafted hat shapes, one of which looked like a wreath of leather thorns.
On the more whimsical side, Christian Siriano, Central Saint Martins, and Matty Bovan took their imaginations and dropped everything in their minds onto the heads of their models. Mansur Gavriel also showed a beehive-reminiscent option.
#8. Veils and Veiled Hats
Veiled hats made a significant showing across several different runways. John Galliano’s very gallant options were eye-catching and chic with a bit of musketeer-style flair thanks to huge plumes of feathers.
Michael Kors showed a plaid, zebra print and veiled black and white hat. Nina Ricci’s veiled hats for fall 2018 were also dreamy, creating an asset of options perfect for that mysterious look.
Veils with polka dots and more are being wrapped around the faces of models on the Erdem runway, looking very much like the wind swept it in their direction and caught onto the models by fashionable chance. Adam Selman showed netted veils with shiny, mini black hearts.
#9. Newsboy and Sailor Caps
Newsboy caps have always had a certain appeal to them that has begun to run rampant as one of the upcoming fall/ winter 2018-2019 hat trends. This style of hat is also known as a Gatsby cap and features another version with a button on top and a flatter upper form. Dolce & Gabbana sent a black version of this type of newsboy cap down the runway.
Zadig & Voltaire sent a black on black newsboy hat with multiple textures and a feature on the side down the runway that immediately captured attention. Newsboy caps did not only adorn the Zadig & Voltaire runway, but also the Dior runway in simple soft black as well.
#10. Baseball Caps
Baseball caps have always been accepted as the incredibly versatile, sporty-chic accessory as they are. They are lightweight, can be worn with a high ponytail and practically any outfit. Fashion houses like Gabriela Hearst are going to change the way caps are viewed this year, as their all styles of caps have made the cut as one of the upcoming fall 2018 hat trends.
Gabriela Hearst featured minimalist, classy caps that can be worn with more elegant outfits come fall. House of Holland also featured a baseball cap but finished with black leather and white logo prints.
#11. Cowboy Hats
Cowboy hats are known to be an acquired taste, but Naeem Khan, Vaquera, and Alberta Ferretti seem confident in their ability to bring them into the fall/ winter 2018-2019 hat trends. This hat trend will certainly shield you from the cold and comes with options like lace embellishments from Naeem Khan.
Alberta Ferretti’s cowboy hat was everything – soft textured, black and adorned beautifully and minimally. It was a striking standout that beckons to fashion lovers from all angles. They also showed a differently angled maroon version as well.
#12. Bucket Hats
Dolce & Gabbana sent embellished bucket hats down the runway that were covered from brim to brim on the outside with crystals. Prada sent a plethora of bucket hats down the runway in various colors, designs, and materials.
Lending itself to another trend, a number of Prada’s bucket hats were in unexpectedly bright colors for the cold weather seasons. Lacoste showed a micro plaid printed option to choose from as well.
#13. Fedora Hats
It will be hard to find a fall or winter season that could not be fashionably improved by wearing the perfect fedora. Thankfully, the fall/ winter 2018-2019 hat trends include fedoras thanks to options like Dolce & Gabbana’s label-embellished fedora. Michael Kors played with fedora styles as well as different patterns on each.
#14. Wide Brimmed Hats
The stunning wide-brimmed hats that have been sent down the runway have been exceptional, solidifying these as a fall 2018 hat trend. Even Panama hats with extended brims were shown, nudging them under the shade of the wide-brimmed hat trend. The materials and colors range to suit every aesthetic and wardrobe.
Alberta Ferretti sent a soft, milk chocolate sued wide-brimmed hat down the runway that looked beautiful. Saint Laurent sent a wide-brim soft black hat with a leather-accentuating band that fulfilled every wish for chic, upscale styling.
Dolce & Gabbana took things to a new level by adorning the wide-brimmed hats they sent down the runway. The black wide-brimmed Dolce & Gabbana hat adorned with a large emerald green cross inspired whole winter looks on its own. Expect to see hats adorned with oversized jewelry thanks to this stunning Dolce & Gabbana inspiration. The wide-brimmed hats that adorned the models on the Dolce & Gabbana runway were all different, adorned and at a tilt for optimal aesthetic brilliance.
Optimal levels of wide-brimmed aesthetics were exhibited beautifully on the Jacquemus runway. Straw hats with wide brims rolled in the front in order to maintain visibility will be everywhere likely even crossing into spring due to the sheer amazingness of this oversized, wide-brimmed style.
Alberta Ferretti’s maroon wide-brimmed hat gave off the perfect amount of elegant mystique with its dipped wide brim and ultimate shadiness.
#15. Updated Pillbox Hats
Nina Ricci showed a veiled pillbox hat that was beautifully shaped and joined the ranks of the updated pillbox hats for fall 2018. Moschino had several very Jackie O reminiscent pillbox hats in a variety of materials from orange leather to soft pink.
There are others that stood out, but with pillbox hats being the follow-up to the fascinator, it will be a great fashion element to have around again.
#16. Military and French Berets
The resurgence of berets as a headwear trend led to the reappreciation of this whimsical hat design in fashion a couple of seasons ago, making the French beret the favorite winter (and spring) accessory of many an It girl and fashion icon from around the world. Berets stand firm as one of the hottest fall/ winter 2018-2019 hat trends, but this time around we see both military and French berets in a number of styles and interesting design interpretations.
The brightest military beret was showcased at Versace, where tartan patterns met bright colors and opulent medallion embellishments, instantly landing on Instagram fashionistas’ wish lists.
At Isa Arfen, on the other hand we were treated to the most extravagant beret design – oversized, statement-making and definitely not for the faint of heart! Oversized, yet slightly slouchy were the French berets from Giorgio Armani, where we saw the same style in different colors and materials, including fluffy fur.
While Rejina Pyo’s black leather French beret was the most minimalist, Sonia Rykiel went matchy-matchy perfectly combining the color and pattern of their berets with the outfits the models wore.
#17. Fluffy Fur Hats
Winter means lots of (fake) fur used for outerwear, bags, and ultimately cozy headwear to keep you warm. The fall 2018 hat trends don’t lack fur either, mostly going bold utilizing bright colors, patterns or shaggy finishes.
Fur hats for fall 2018 were the brightest at Undercover, where we saw options in bright green or neon lemon colors that would instantly brighten up your gloomy cold days. Calvin Klein took the concept of fur hats to the next level, offering up leopard printed fur hoods meant for turning heads.
Simonetta Ravizza combined different textures and colors of fur for their Eighties-inspired baseball cap, while Moschino unveiled a bright orange sheepskin fur beret matching the overall outfit it was complementing.
Fur was modest and black at Michael Kors, and Giorgio Armani, yet still powerful enough to steal the spotlight. In the former case, we saw a fluffy fur beret with a big pom-pom in the center, while in the latter look, it was all about shaggy fur resembling curly hair.
#18. Turban Hats
There are turbans as favorite hair accessories, and then there are also turban hats as perfect fall 2018 hats. We love the eclectic vibe turbans can give to any look, be that an evening number like in the case of Saint Laurent or a casual fall outfit. Speaking of Saint Laurent, we loved their sleek velvety black turban hat that ideally matched the model’s total black look.
Gucci’s turban hat came in an electric blue color, accompanied by a checkered headscarf with Gucci’s monogram patterns. Christian Siriano gave turban hats an opulent, evening-ready finish, playing with jewel embellishments and shiny purple fabrics.
#19. Baby Bonnet Hats
One of the most unexpected and surprising fall/ winter 2018-2019 hat trends was the revival of baby bonnet-inspired hats, ones that look both slightly childish and bold, since not every fashionista can pull off the look.
The coolest bonnet hats were unveiled at Richard Malone, where they came in the same color and pattern as the overall outfits the models showcased. Preen’s bonnet hat was all covered with tiny floral patterns and featured a cute drawstring instead of the traditional bands used to tie the hat under the chin.
#20. Logo-Printed Hats
Apparently logo motifs make huge fall 2018 print trends, since we saw them decorating everything, from outerwear to shoes to bags to hair accessories, and now fall 2018 hats. Some designers love to state an additional time that those are their own creations, while we know it pretty well that fashion icons aren’t against showing their branded pieces off either.
Logo patterns were used to give an extra edge to the fall 2018 hats of Anna Sui, Emporio Armani, and Dolce & Gabbana among others.
Photos via Vogue, Livingly