Is there a stylish way to wear a beanie?

Model Kaia Gerber makes the beanie look effortless.

Model Kaia Gerber makes the beanie look effortless.

We've made it to the half-way point of winter! Now, I know it's probably going to be chilly for another eleventy months but it's about this time of year the morning commute gets so frosty that I consider covering my head for the trip to work. And then I remember how ridiculous I look in a beanie.

Why is it that some women, like my friend Michelle, seem to ooze apres ski chic? Even on her worst face day (which she never has, mind you) she looks like Claudia Schiffer when she puts a beanie on, and still looks like a supermodel when she takes it off?

In contrast, I look like something from the Hobbit.

When I look at photos of myself at the snow, I often shudder at my pale, make-up free face peeking out from my equally stark beanie. Maybe I have just been(ie) doing it wrong.

After much trial and error, I have realised that it's both a question of the beanie and how you wear it. Seems obvious, and yet.

After conducting some research (OK, I Googled), it seems there is a consensus that a chunky beanie with a looser fit is easier to pull off than something that hugs the scalp.

Brooke Meredith at the launch of Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge at Mount Buller.

Brooke Meredith at the launch of Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge at Mount Buller.

Then there is the fabric, colour, pompom (or not), folded over (or not) – see, once you actually start thinking of a beanie as a fashion garment, there are plenty of variables to consider.

One woman who knows how to rock a beanie is infulencer and editor of A Conscious Collection magazine Brooke Meredith.

Her tips include wearing the beanie over your ears and pull you hair forward at the front to shape your face. "It's a simple, fuss-free style that will definitely keep you warm," she says.

Royal wave ... Queen Maxima of The Netherlands.

Royal wave … Queen Maxima of The Netherlands.

"For extra warmth around the ears, double your beanie over at the bottom, which also offers a closer fit if your beanie is a little slouchy."

Street style photographer Danielle Castano, aka @stylesnooperdan, says first, make sure the beanie is weather appropriate.

"Don't wear one in summer, even in a 'fashion' way. It's a winter or outerwear only item! I think it looks best with hair out and an oversized coat and great bag that counters how casual the beanie can be," she says.

"I'd personally avoid bright colours and instead stick to blacks and greys in a thin knit. I also don't really like pompoms on grownups."

When it comes to choosing a colour, think of the turtlenecks you have in your wardrobe, and start from there. These are the colours that look good close to your face and should suit a beanie.

And word to the wise: pack a travel-sized can of dry shampoo or texturising in your handbag so when you reach your destination, you can look as though the beanie never happened.

Get the look

Pull off the apres ski look on the city streets with these alpine-inspired pieces.

Chinti and Parker at Net-a-porter, $323

Chinti and Parker at Net-a-porter, $323

Forever New, $25

Forever New, $25

Hunter for The Langham, $295

Hunter for The Langham, $295

Deadly Ponies, $589

Deadly Ponies, $589

Sussan, $90

Sussan, $90

Stockists

Sussan: sussan.com.au

Deadly Ponies: deadlyponies.com

Net-a-Porter: net-a-porter.com

The Langham: langhamgifts.com.au

Forever New: forevernew.com.au

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