Beanies are a key component to winter style, but they go vastly overlooked. Yes, it's important to wear them with utility in mind—it's cold out there—but you can still leave room for fun. Whether that means buying multicolored beanies or just switching up how you style them, it is possible to make this seasonal hat both functional and fashionable. Take it from someone who spent far too many winters reusing the same boring beanie. She was gray and itchy, and, I swear, hissed at me every time I tried to put her on. I've since kicked her to the curb and now have a handful of colorful, differently shaped beanies that I rotate. It's winter! I'm cold and sad and a hot-pink beanie makes me happy, damn it.
I'm telling you, wearing a cute beanie the right way will make you forget about the nearly freezing temperatures outside. Okay, maybe not—you'll still be shivering, but you'll be a little more stylish as you do it. Here are five easy tips, inspired by celebrities' recent beanie style.
Ciara's red beanie completes her look here—it's not something she just added on top of an already planned outfit. Wearing one color top-to-bottom is the easiest way to show that every part of your look is intentional.
Or add a pop of bright color.
On the flip side, you can draw attention to your colorful beanie by wearing nothing but neutrals—like Kristen Bell does here. For the ultimate effect, pick a vibrant color like purple or neon green and match it with clothing in shades of black, white, and gray. You paid for that beanie, after all. Let the world see it.
Match with a graphic shirt or sweater.
If you're looking for that effortlessly cool vibe, this is it. Go with a black beanie and black graphic tee to emulate those scene kids you desperately wanted to befriend in 2006. Lucy Hale gets it.
Color, but keep it muted.
If neon green is too much, the pop of color still works in less intense tones, like maroon and deep blue. And, honestly, shades like that are more in line with winter, anyway. If you prefer, save the "look at me" palette for summer and warm up with some, well, warmer colors for now. Please see: Reese Witherspoon on a recent outing with her dog.
And wild card: a beanie in the summer.
If Ashley Tisdale can do it, then so can you, right? But really: A beanie can work in the summer. The trick to not burning up is going super light and airy with your clothes—a simple white T-shirt and shorts will do just fine.
Originally Appeared on Glamour