Hats? Ear muffs? Not this winter.
Instead, the head-warmer of choice this season is the balaclava, ski mask, or knitted hood – anything that covers the majority of your face, basically.
While some have pointed to Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala look as the cause for the balaclava’s dramatic rise (Depop reports a 145% increase in searches in the past month), the truth is that we’ve been edging towards a knitted headgear surge for quite some time.
Kim may have tipped the balance, but just look to the past year’s various face covering options for evidence that we’ve been considering variations on the balaclava for quite sometime.
We may have started wearing masks for Covid protection reasons, but the warmth they gave us in the colder months was definitely appreciated.
Pair that with a cosy hat and you’ve got the balaclava.
Ski masks, meanwhile, have long been the headgear of choice for those wanting to show a bit of edge, whether rappers or anonymous artists.
The evidence is clear: we’re all about covering up, for practical purposes and those of style.
To help you along, here are our top picks of balaclavas to buy now.
UO yellow balaclava
Knitted balaclava in off-white
Stella McCartney intarsia wool balaclava
Balaclava woolen hat
UO stripe balaclava
Wool balaclava hat
3.1 Phillip Lim cream chunky-knit wool balaclava
Maje eclair knitted wool-blend balaclava
Gobi cashmere orange cableknit balaclava
Le Bonnet wool-cashmere balaclava
Two-pack unisex cotton blend balaclava
&Daughter Myrtle colour-block ribbed cashmere balaclava
Credit: Original article published here.