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HAT TRICKS

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
£17.50
Found: the perfect blouse for brunching
£29.50
Add texture with luxe mock croc
£35
Skinny jeans complete the Beatnik feel
£45

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
£15
Bring your own sunshine with this cosy knit
£35
Amplify your smile with bold red lipstick
£10
Pair with a lurex midi for a party-ready look
£45

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
£35
Florals for autumn? We’re on board
£45
The compact bag that’s big on style
£25
Make burgundy your go-to this season
£16

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
£17.50
Cashmere is always a wise investment
£75
Turned-up hems add interest
£25
A stylish coat from the petite range
£149

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
£9.50
This jumper looks great with jeans, too
£17.50
Gild the look with delicate earrings
£5
Banish ‘winter face’ with this glow-getter
£45

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

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