Thanks to the teeth-chattering wind and icy temperatures Winter Storm Janus left behind, New York City is currently exploding with beanies. The soft, slouchy style was perched atop the head of nearly every man, women and child I encountered on my morning commute, as if all residents of the five boroughs received some mass PSA: "It’s chilly out there folks, don’t forget your stocking cap!" It’s not the most original look.
Now don’t get me wrong, the humble knit hat has many virtues—besides being cozy and warm, its a throw-on-and-go piece that matches everything. It makes getting dressed for cold weather easy. But, as you’ll see from the 11 hat-based winter outfits in the slideshow above, the wow factor of a fur trapper, felt fedora or wool beret is worth putting in the extra effort. To help you master these looks with minimal effort, I’ve explained what makes each one work, and shopped out its key elements online. Click through to leave your beanie comfort zone now.