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M&S staffers demonstrate how to pull off this season’s most stylish headgear, from the on-trend beret to the cosy beanie

The beret

Emerald, social media marketing executive

“I must admit that I never thought I was a hat person until I tried on this bright red beret. I love how the colour pops against the autumnal tones of the animal-print blouse and can see myself amplifying it further by teaming it with an all-black outfit. This look is ideal for a brunch with the girls, but the beret could also be dressed up with a black polo-neck top and high-waisted jeans for extra sass.”

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This pure wool beret makes a statement
Found: the perfect blouse for brunching
Add texture with luxe mock croc
Skinny jeans complete the Beatnik feel

The bobble hat

Bryony, photography and digital content manager

“A bobble hat is my winter go-to: it looks cosy and cute for a winter walk but can also be dressed up with something a bit more glam to keep you warm when rushing between Christmas parties. This chunky-knit version comes in versatile navy with a contrasting faux-fur bobble for a fun twist. Navy is a great alternative to black and grey during the darker months, complementing confident colours like this mustard jumper. Everyone should have a few bobble hats in their wardrobe for the winter season and I will be adding this one to my collection.”

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The staple cable: in eight shades
Bring your own sunshine with this cosy knit
Amplify your smile with bold red lipstick
Pair with a lurex midi for a party-ready look

The brimmed hat

Eva, social and content specialist

“I often reach for a fedora when I want to add personality to a winter outfit. This classic wool version is a versatile piece and works just as well for weekends in the city as it does for long walks in the woods. A brimmed hat adds a bohemian touch to a floral maxi dress, but it also has the power to smarten-up an outfit for a lunch meeting. I can also see myself wearing it with a camel coat and ankle boots when the weather gets even colder. Burgundy lipstick and patent accessories, like this compact bag, bring the look bang up to date.”

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Top off your look with a wool fedora
Florals for autumn? We’re on board
The compact bag that’s big on style
Make burgundy your go-to this season

The baker boy cap

Kate, loyalty and personalisation editor

“I’ve never worn a baker boy before. My usual winter headwear is a slouchy beanie or an oversized bobble hat, but the grey marl fabric of this one makes it surprisingly wearable. In fact, it’s a clever Saturday-morning style shortcut for a busy mum like me. Typically, I’ll put the baby into the buggy and get out the door as quickly as possible for a coffee run, so a hat like this adds polish without any effort. Because the hat makes the statement, I’d keep the rest of my outfit simple with skinny jeans, a navy cashmere jumper and a single-breasted coat.”

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Minimum effort = maximum style
Cashmere is always a wise investment
Turned-up hems add interest
A stylish coat from the petite range

The beanie hat

Chanj, digital product owner

“I totally love beanies – they have always been one of my winter wardrobe essentials. I usually opt for darker colours, such as navy, but this cobalt-blue shade really brightens up an outfit. I would wear this hat out shopping or for a trip to the park with my family. I can see it adding a pop of colour to all my casual looks because it’s easy to wear and would go with almost everything in my wardrobe. This statement star-print jumper is subtly festive and is a fun way to start getting in the mood for Christmas.”

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Six colours, one for every outfit
This jumper looks great with jeans, too
Gild the look with delicate earrings
Banish ‘winter face’ with this glow-getter

Editor: Dulcie Emerson / Art director: Chloe Forde / Hair stylist: Heath Massi / Make-up artist: Lindsey Poole

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