Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Headwear Trends

Discussing all the fall/ winter 2015-2016 fashion trends, we would like to say that it has been an incredible season full of the loveliest designs overall, barring the few that had us wondering about their origins. We still cannot get over the fact that models walked onto stage with bared breasts. Perhaps sometime in the future it might be a big trend, but for now, it might cause riots on the streets! We’ve discussed everything from the color trends to prints, general silhouettes to shoes and bags, hairstyles and hair accessories, nails done all fancy with matching makeup, as well as the eyewear that has left us utterly and completely captivated. We are also treated to a whole lot of fall/ winter 2015-2016 headwear trends throughout, making the whole of the outfits appear much more succinct and compete.

Update: discover the new trend reports here: Spring/ Summer 2016 Headwear Trends and Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Headwear Trends

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Headwear Trends

We may not have had as many headwear accessories as that of the spring and summer seasons, but we certainly were not lacking in incredibly great looks that are both functional and positively stylish. There were all sorts of creations, from the knitted headwear to the side brimmed hats, the French berets and the Gatsby caps. It all looked quite lovely, the pretty hats making or breaking a look depending on the colors and materials with which they are worn.

#1: Totally French Berets

When it comes to hats for fall 2015, it appears that some of the biggest fashion houses have opted for the most interesting of typically French designs, bringing in the berets with a full force. We see them in a multitude of colors as well, from your simple black to the earthy clay to the fun designed and impossibly embellished. They go well with everything from your classic coats to the tartan wraps, the barely there deep plunging V necked spaghetti strapped shirts at Gucci, the embroidered velvet brocades of Luisa Beccaria and the electric blues with the matching colors on the head.

It appears at Fay, Paul & Joe and many other fashion shows as well, really adding a bit of spice to the collections. Plus, we will definitely be needing headwear come the chillier days. If you want the biggest collection of berets though, check out Gucci with the slouchy and the structured, the studded and the classic all embroiled in one line-up. It brings a hit of sophistication to any look. Black, red, blue and white were the main colors, and this is one accessory that can redefine you entirely.

It is hard to ignore the berets that appeared at Desigual, mostly because of those huge pompoms that adorn the head pieces, but also because of the pleasure found in seeing the berets paired with heavily curling frizzy hair. The rivets and holed in the Marc by Marc Jacobs berets make for a rather intriguing look that looks awesome in any material, particularly the soft velvet and felt. Velvet berets are gorgeous when placed on models with beautiful eyes brushed up on both sets of lashes with pure black mascara at Paul & Joe.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Headwear Trends: French Berets

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Headwear Trends: French Berets

#2: Brimmed Hats

Brimmed hats were not as big of a trend as many others, but they were certainly seen on the runway shows enough times to constitute as a trend of their own. They appear in a multitude of colors, medium sized brims used to keep the sun away and the cold at bay, as well as fun additions of material like tulle on the Maison Michel pieces to really spruce it up.

A wide brimmed felt fedora was seen at Ralph Lauren and immediately had us comparing our own headpieces with the exquisite beauty that was placed before us. The oversized teddy brown version is most definitely an overnight classic, booming in popularity and with the perfect addition of panache to make any look appear more glamorous than it very well may be.

Fedoras are awesome and every girl dreams of being a cowgirl at some point in her life, making Emanuel Ungaro’s hole infused headwear all that interesting to check out. John Galliano’s hats look pretty cool and positively English, with their satin bows on the side and their smaller brims bringing the focus on to the makeup and those effectively delectable earrings.

And then, of course, there are those huge hats seen at Vivienne Westwood, reminding us of the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland and all the dangers of stepping into a magical forest. Side brimmed hats with lots of embellishments appeared at Lanvin and struck us by their unique designs and perfectly lovable shapes. For pieces that were really different, we were quite taken with the Emilio Pucci leather riding caps with the brims over the eyes to shield from the elements.

Then there were the Agnes B felt designs that really caught our attention, while those Ralph Lauren cowboy hats with their wide brims had us salivating over the look it encompassed. At Zimmermann, the sexy fedoras with the futuristic metal bands were all the rage and had us eyeing them keenly.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Headwear Trends: Brimmed Hats

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Headwear Trends: Brimmed Hats

#3: Pretty Knitted Hats

Knit hats were huge on the fall and winter runway shows and we are loving every last second of it. The best part is that they can be handmade, and they can be made by you as well! Pinterest has a great many instructions to different patterned knit hats available for your use, while you can also always opt for the designer looks in this sphere. We highly suggest picking up an Agnes B knit with its perfect fit and delicate handiwork.

We see pompoms and studs that glitter in the light added to the knit hats seen at Markus Lupfer, looking rather cool and positively unique when paired with those pastel pink flower power glasses with the futuristic green lenses. Even some of the trapper headwear seen at Anna Sui were of knitted style, even if most were more keen on camouflaging into the models’ hairs with their furry selves and Asian top knots.

Others, however, were knit together and incorporated almost spring style colors into their basic form to brighten up any look you walk out of the house wearing, all the while ensuring your ears are kept nice and warm. At Dolce & Gabbana, knit hats got a huge upgrade with flowery gilded embellishments and feathers to top it off, creating the perfect finishing touches to the perfect winter looks.

The nerdy ladies of Gucci brought more pompoms and knit hats to the table. Looking more than ready to face the coming winter months head on, possibly bolstered by making it through the last, these Gucci ladies have quite a bit of spirit emanating from them.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Headwear Trends: Knitted Hats

#4: Headwear in Felt

While there are many different types of materials used to create the hats and other headwear, we see a whole lot of the felt versions appear here and there. There are the wide brimmed Lanvin pieces that have tassels hanging from them, there are the Agnes B bowler hats with the rounded tops. Even at Daks we have plastic and felt combinations, looking positively superb in red riding caps. At Desigual, even the pretty French berets with the oversized pompom additions come in a felt material that looks structured and perfectly positioned on curling frizzy hair. They also come in multiple colors, including earth tones and ocean hues.

Furthermore, we find Hussein Chalayan funky newsboy caps placed onto the heads of ladies wearing matching garments for added effect. Marc by Marc Jacobs berets come in rivets and felt, with pretty little pins attached to the side for pops of color.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Headwear Trends: Felt Hats

#5: Hats With Fringes and Tied on Tassels

While there may not be many pieces using this trend, we have already seen a whole lot of tassels and fringes on shoes and handbags, clothing and jewelry. It was to be expected that fall 2015 hats would carry on the trend as well. Lanvin’s side brim style hats show off those tassels nicely, matching with the clothing worn by the models perfectly. Lanvin also included lots of colorful fringe instead of tassels alone on a few more of its side brim pieces, while the tassels themselves were also used on felt riding caps. We also saw more rope looking tassels appear on the Anna Sui runway show, in different colors of golden or black to match the hair color of the models wearing the trapper hats with the totally Asian feel to them.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Headwear Trends: Hats With Tassels and Fringes

#6: Those Funky Helmets and Riding Caps

Since going eco-friendly is the big fad at the moment, we cannot help but smile at the latest in fun helmet looks that have appeared on the Fashion Week runways for the fall and winter seasons. It appears that we’ll be biking around a lot more often while still maintaining our trendy looks, from floral prints to checked designs spotted at the Moncler Gamme Rouge show, available in tweed and meant for riding around town. Those funky helmets actually also come in feathery designs that remind us of clowns from children’s shows, with the oversized pieces dwarfing the head itself.

We also have a few intriguing leather riding caps that have appeared on Emilio Pucci, the visors a good alternative to the brimmed designs seen elsewhere. At Daks, the riding caps come in a combination of felt and plastic, on the body and visors respectively. They look splendid on any female with a warmer skin tone when we consider the red version for ourselves. Talking about funky helmets, we also see knit Viking style pieces appear at Anna Sui, a combination of funky, soft material and warrior attitudes. This comes complete with the knit braided platinum blonde hair.

Newsboy or riding caps, we are not sure which category these fall in, but the Hussein Chalayan strangely cut pieces are nothing if not funky. One of our favourite pieces was actually the Lanvin riding cap with the tied on rope tassel with a show puff of fringed ends.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Headwear Trends: Helmets and Caps

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Headwear Trends: Helmets and Caps

#7: Tulle on the Heads and Fur Hats

Some of the headwear spotted were actually either fully made of tulle or incorporated the material in somehow. For example, we totally fell in love with the tulle beanie like look at Agnes B that was tied into the hair at the back and looked positively Amish, though in a more delectable fashion. And since it’s the cold season of winter, we surely also have lots of stylish fur hats, particularly the amazing Ralph Lauren options and the fluffy Moncler Gamme Rouge design, while we happen to fall in love with those Tommy Hilfiger ushankas.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Headwear Trends: Tulle and Fur Hats

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Headwear Trends: Tulle and Fur Hats

#8: Matchy-Matchy Headwear With The Outfits

Sometimes the headwear worn matches perfectly in color and material with the clothing donned by the models on a given runway show. This is a lovely combination in general, similar to the matching clothing and shoes or handbags options, as well as matching garments worn with sunglasses as presented in the fall/ winter 2015-2016 eyewear trends report. In terms of headwear, we have seen felt Agnes B bowler hats match in color and fabric with the coat and other pieces worn on the body, giving it a more sophisticated outlook.

At Lanvin, we see dark blue felt hats with tassels tied on paired with clothing that has tied tassels at the neck, available in navy against a white background. Taking on a funky spin, we see strangely cut newsboy caps in felt in perfect coordination with the plunging V neck lapelled garment spotted at Hussein Chalayan.

The twill on the Moncler Gamme Rouge helmets finds its exact match in the garments worn by the beautiful models that traipse onto stage looking like the most fashionable bikers around. On the other hand, we had both caramel hues match as well as the furry designs when we looked into those dashing Tommy Hilfiger sable faux fur ushankas.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Headwear Trends: Hats Matching The Outfits

#9: Trapper Hats

It is actually quite fun to see the trapper headwear appear on the runway at any given point in time throughout the Fashion Weeks. We know that the winter season is also taken into account, which means those months are rather important to keep warm at. We fell in love with Gigi Hadid’s furry trapper headwear look at Anna Sui, all bundled up against the snow and sleet and looking as fashionably gorgeous as ever. It appears that these pieces come in multiple colors and are made to match an individual’s natural hair color, effectively camouflaging themselves against the model’s actual head and appearing to be a part of the hair itself.

We are imagining wolf fur used to make up those incredibly soft looking Ralph Lauren trapper headpieces, appearing to keep the models as warm as they are stylish. Then again, you have to wonder about the logic behind wearing such pieces with backless spaghetti strapped plunging V neckline dresses from the flapper era.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Headwear Trends: Trapper Hats

#10: Hats With Lots of Pompoms

Whether we see pompoms on knit hats such as at Markus Lupfer or making up their own wacky, multi-colored, out-of-this-world style at Desigual, we know that pompoms are in. They appeared on shoes and on different accessories as well, albeit not as often as we may have liked. Pompoms have been a favourite of ours since our childhoods when we would spend ours picking at those things on everything on which they appeared, particularly the headwear. Now, we have a chance to indulge in those childish cravings once again and feel the furry softness between our fingers, though without actually tearing the pompom pieces apart as we might have done long ago.

Those pompoms also appear on classier berets at Desigual, which is certainly a delectable look to be seen, particularly paired with curly, frizzy hair. The berets on which the pompoms are added come in multiple colors, in more earthen hues as well as blue oceans. The Gucci knit hats have pretty pompoms overhead.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Headwear Trends: Pompom Hats

#11: Hats With Glittering Embellishments

We see shining pieces also added to different types of headwear, particularly the knit hats that are meant to keep you warm but could definitely use a good pick-me-up now and again. We saw the glittering spots on the Markus Lupfer knit hats with the pompoms on top, while we also see floral designed embellishments in glittering gold and red over Dolce & Gabbana knitwear with feathers replacing the pompoms we are used to at the top. Pops of color are added with embellishments on the Marc by Mar Jacobs riveted berets, giving it even more of a chic overall feel. Moncler also showed some seriously bejewelled and embellished hats that will add glamour and sparkle to your looks.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Headwear Trends: Embellished Hats

#12: Silken Headscarves

We see headscarves appear on the runway shows as well, coming out in different materials but always looking best in silk. At Dolce & Gabbana, motherhood was celebrated with full force and we were especially captivated by the light colored silken headscarves already tied over the heads, leaving the crown exposed and looking perfectly in place with the brushed hair parted from the center. We also found ourselves staring at a few lace variations of the headscarves, placed over the head in similar fashion, and looking as deceptively demure as possible. In case of Kenzo, we saw knitted scarves wrapped around the printed caps, keeping the models really warm and cozy.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Headwear Trends: Headscarves

#13: Other Trendy and Unique Hats and Fascinators

Really funky hats for fall 2015 in general appear at Olympia Le Tan, Chalayan, Emanuel Ungaro, Thom Brown and others. But, we are in love with the Great Gatsby story. Not only that, but we find Leonardo DiCaprio to be one amazing actor who played his role perfectly in the latest adaptation of the classic novel. Inspired by this and perhaps a whole lot more, we saw the Gatsby hats appear on the runway, showing off their winter looks and promising to keep the head and the ears warm, protected from the surrounding elements that seek to freeze.

The thick, winter ready pieces in suede that remind us so much of the 1970s styles that have become a stable for the year appear on the Acne Studios fashion show, paired with large nose studs and bright red lips, finishing off the tweed look perfectly. While pretty hats come in different shapes and sizes, we find the rounded versions with the small brims of the bowler hats to be exceptionally beautiful. That is exactly how we feel about the felt Agnes B hats that grace the runway, appearing in plain black and matching the clothing worn underneath perfectly.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Headwear Trends: Trendy and Unique Hats

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Headwear Trends: Trendy and Unique Hats

With the right headwear, you can always create the most uniquely stylish looks, playing around with it to accessorize your outfits correctly. The vitality of a hat may not be felt until you actually don one, after which it may become nearly impossible to let go of the look. The power the smaller headpiece can have on your entire outlook is to be respected for it can make you chic or having you looking totally eccentric or extravagant.

In the fall/ winter 2015-2016 headwear trends presented below, you can certainly find a few concepts that match your taste and your personality to the tee. Colors and materials vary greatly, the shapes and sizes are without question many, and the exquisite nature of some of these pieces is not to be underestimated. By understanding the latest in the season’s headwear accessories, it makes your own outfit choices all that much easier in order to show off your stylish character, shining nice and bright among members of society.

Photos courtesy of Stylebistro

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Written by Tamar Najarian
Tamar is a psychologist, teaching and heading into the business world with a prospective MBA. A silly lover of books and words, she generally loves to seek out new adventures, getting her toes wet and her hands dirty. Having moved to Armenia nearly two years ago, she feels like the world is at her fingertips and anything is possible so long as you take a step in that direction.