Consider that most puffer jackets, tailored wool outerwear, and shearling coats come without a hood, leaving you coverless in case of sudden snow, sleet, freezing rain, or worse—and with a cold head. A knitted hood is most definitely the chicest solution. What’s more, with the accessory, you’d be sporting a runway and street style star-approved style without the fuss and bulkiness of traditional winter accessories. Plus, it keeps summer’s headscarf trends alive in a winter-friendly way. Just look at the headkerchief-loving Jenny Walton or Fanny Ekstrand’s recent Instagrams for styling proof.
Layer one under any of your hoodless winter coats and you’ll be happy to have the option of wearing it over your head or simply letting it hang out on your back—either way, your neck is kept warm. The knitted hood’s easy on-easy off capabilities combined with its relaxed hood silhouette are its greatest assets and it helps not to mess with your makeup or hair. Bitter cold winters are difficult enough to dress for; consider this the fashionable no-brainer.