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The holidays are a memory and spring goodies are trickling into all our favorite stores. But let's give reality a hug for a second—we still have a good, long haul of winter weather ahead of us. And, the Love, Frank Shopping Guide is here to help! A comprehensive selection of winter warmers await; we're going after form and function here, folks. And we're avoiding lumberjack clichés and all that electric-synthetic sheen you might find on a past-peak ski lift operator in Pennsylvania.
Today: Hats! No pompoms here—these six winter warmers aren't for the kiddies. Learn where to get 'em and how to wear 'em.
1. This guy looks pretty straight forward—but it's actually cashmere. Translation: You won't end up a matted mess after wearing it. If the cobalt and purple are too much for you check the other four colorways—including a smart gray on gray; either way, pair it with a parka. They're by Barneys New York for Barneys New York and available for $150 at the store's site.
2. A modern trapper for the ski lodge or city shopping: This nylon number is lined an shearling and also comes in kelly green and royal blue. It'll look great with a leather bomber; or bring the synthetic back from the future with your favorite peacoat. It's Polo Ralph Lauren and on sale at the collection's site for $139.99—from $200.
3. Not everyone looks great in a trapper hat. It's a lot of look. That said, if you're heading down the road to trapper, why not get the real deal. This version is from L.L.Bean's on-line shop and made from actual leather and rabbit fur—making the $69 price tag a major bargain. Anti-fur? Their friendlier iterations will look just as handsome with your woolly toggle-button coats or waxed hunting jackets, and sell for only $39.50.
4. Winter white is happening; so is cable knit. There's no telling what might happen when you pop on a hat that combines the powers of both—but we're thinking it'll be really, really good. We like this option by Roots—all roomy with a little bit of brim. Try it with a camel-colored car coat or anything in tan. And get it on-line for only $24.
5. Okay, it's a little lumber jack, but in a good way and oh-so-functional. Ear flaps at your beck and call; all fuzzy warm. Pair it with your denim or leather bomber and lots of scarf. It's by LRG and available at Karmaloop for $49.
6. It may look all Etsy-corny but relax, it's not. It's wool for warmth with some acrylic thrown in for fit and durability. And it's by Tommy Hilfiger. Get it on the brand's website for $39.99—from $58—and pair it with just about anything (but we think that homespun look would pair well with the factory-sheen of a puffer or parka).