Throughout history, the hat has served as a ceremonial crown, a status symbol, and, above all, a protective shield. When bedhead attacks or the crisp winds of winter threaten to mess up our precious locks, a cap or beanie seems like the simplest solution. But hiding your hair (and keeping your dome warm) can also involve making a major statement--one that completely changes your outfit. With more and more designers offering up new spins on the fedora, the wide-brim, the newsboy, and the beret, what was once a quick fix is now a foolproof way to spruce up any look. At this rate, you may actually look forward to rushing out the door.
From Top: Louis Vuitton, Prada, Hermes, A.P.C. & Emporio Armani