The holidays may be over, but the weather outside is still frightful. Thankfully, the fire is also still delightful, which is why it’s the best time of year to stay inside. With rain and snow from coast to coast, being cozy and comfortable is key. Unfortunately, you can’t stay snuggled up in a blanket all day when there are errands to run and people to see. But thick, bulky cold-weather clothes can make us look more frumpy than fashionable. The solution? These faux fur hat finds that make you look chic, sleek, and unique — and younger to boot.
Earmuffs lift features.
There are few things more uncomfortable than freezing-cold ears. You could wear your trusty dusty knit beanie, but you’re meeting friends for lunch, and you’ve worked too hard on your hair to mess it up. You don’t have to sacrifice warm ears for the sake of fashion. Try some oversize, faux fur earmuffs. Their soft luxe feel keeps you cozy and gives you a wintery, feminine look. And when you take them off, your hairstyle won’t be affected. Plus, oversize earmuffs pull the eye up for the illusion of lifted cheeks and eyes. Bonus: White fur bounces light onto the face for a youthful, lit-from-within glow.
One to try: Avilego Winter Fleece Furry Ear Warmers in White (Buy from Amazon, $14.99)
A cossack hat hides forehead furrows.
Looking for a bit of vintage glam with your winter attire? A faux fur cossack hat is as classy as it is cozy. Unlike other styles of cold-weather headwear, a cossack hat has an air of timelessness and luxury, making it easy to dress up or down. Plus, since it covers so much of your head, you’ll stay toasty while looking elegant. And just because it has a vintage vibe doesn’t mean you’ll look vintage when you wear it: The furry hat is a fun, stylish way to conceal wrinkles across the brow, gray roots, and any thinning along the hairline and temples. Plus, it helps protect the scalp from winter’s skin-and-hair-damaging elements.
One to try: Dikoaina Faux Fur Cossack in Raccoon (Buy from Amazon, $16.99)
A trapper slims the face.
Trapper hats have a long history of keeping people warm, and for good reason. With their longer flaps, they protect your ears, head, and the nape of your neck. Though they’re popular for fashion and function today, trapper hats were essential for fighter pilots during World War I, since the long, unpressurized, high-altitude journeys in the unheated cockpits could become grueling. Thankfully, today’s faux fur version isn’t only warm — it’s also really cute to boot. And when worn with the fuzzy flaps flipped upward, a trapper hat draws focus to the hat’s top, visually stretching the face so it looks instantly leaner.
One to try: Eddie Bauer Truckee Faux Fur Trapper in Natural (Buy from Eddie Bauer, $30)
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A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.