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Balaclavas Are Fall 2018's Hottest Accessory, According To The Runways

Regular hats are SO passé.
09/20/2018 05:45am ET
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From left to right: Gucci, Calvin Klein 205W39NYC and Gucci options seen on the runway.

Balaclavas aren’t something you’d typically imagine on a high-fashion runway. They’re essentially ski masks, and they probably bring to mind images of actual skiers, bank robbers, Pussy Riot or perhaps the film “Spring Breakers.”

But for the upcoming fall and winter seasons, fashion designers want us all to wear them.

Dictionary.com defines a balaclava simply as “a close-fitting, knitted cap that covers the head, neck and tops of the shoulders.” The accessory was reportedly first used during the Crimean War, which took place from 1853 to 1856, to keep soldiers warm during the cold Russian winters. During the fall/winter shows back in February, balaclavas proved to be one of the most out of the ordinary accessories to appear on the runways.

At Calvin Klein, models wore them with firefighter-inspired coats, while at Gucci, they came printed with faces and accessorized with pompoms (just like these somewhat creepy vintage versions). We also saw various versions at Marni, Preen and Christian Dior, where the headpiece was more of a pageboy hat-balaclava hybrid.

If you’re considering trying the trend yourself, know that there aren’t really any rules when it comes to wearing them. Just look at Rihanna, who sported a Gucci version in the middle of the desert at Coachella earlier this year. They don’t always come cheap ― the Calvin Klein version will run you $290, while the Gucci ones sell for $450 ― but that doesn’t mean there aren’t affordable options out there. Or, you know, you could always take up knitting.

Below, check out the trend on the runway and find out how to get the look for yourself.

On the runway:
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A model walks the runway at the Gucci show during Milan Fashion Week fall/winter 2018/19 on Feb. 21, 2018.
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A model walks the runway at the Gucci fall/winter 2018/19 show.
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A model walks the runway at the Gucci fall/winter 2018/19 show.
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A model walks the runway for Calvin Klein Collection ready to wear fall/winter 2018/19 fashion show during New York Fashion Week on Feb. 13, 2018.
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A model walks the runway for Calvin Klein Collection ready to wear fall/winter 2018/19 fashion show.
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A model walks the runway at the Preen by Thornton Bregazzi fall/winter 2018-2019 fashion show during London Fashion Week in February 2018.
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A model walks the runway during the Christian Dior show during Paris Fashion Week on Feb. 27.
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A model at the Marni show on Feb. 25 during Milan Fashion Week.
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