After spending a long weekend shivering in Seattle’s freezing fog, I’ve suddenly rediscovered my appreciation for the beanie! They’re lightweight, portable, functional, and apparently the accessory de jour!

It’s rather easy to keep the look quite casual. Simply slip on a pair of print jeans, a vintage tee and a brightly hued bomber jacket. It’s urban chic at its best. The more challenging task is to take the beanie in a sophisticated direction, but, as the monochromatic ensemble above illustrates, it can be done.

Black on black on black is relatively fool proof and the pointy-toed heel will always take your outfit to a professional professional level. Bonus: beanies are also a great solution for a bad hair day!

I’m very tempted to create a little beanie collection. You’d want a variety of options to suit the changes in your sartorial mood, right? What do you think? Are you a fan of the beanie? Would you rock one to the office??

beanie 1 | beanie 2 | booties | fair-isle sweater | glasses | bag | beanie 3 | beanie 4 | watch | tassel key ring |cape

images via garance dore & vanessa jackman

What do you think?

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  1. Depends on the office! I work at a pretty low key social services agency, and I would absolutely rock that beanie. But my internship is at a nursing home and it’s pretty stuffy. There is no way I would feel comfortable keeping it that casual. I love beanies though, they are so laid back and comfortable.

  2. I love a good beanie, but I would never be able to swing it at the office! It’s a great weekend look though.

  3. I think beanies look so cute and effortless – I don’t think I could rock one all day at the office (despite working for a creative company, imagine that) but they are perfect for chilly weekends!

  4. I like the IDEA of a beanie. I’ve just always hated wearing hats. My husband is always bugging me to put on a hat when it’s cold outside, but I can’t seem to find one I like. Might be high time to suck it up and at least go find a cute one that I can live with!

  5. absolutely! with the cold temps, it’s a necessity here. love having a good collection of toques and always looking to add to it!

  6. Agree with the consensus that I’d probably never rock a beanie in a board room, but I think you could have fun with the look if you’re in more creative industries. It’s certainly useful given the cold snap going on right now!