If Alexa Chung taught us anything — other than that hairbrushes are our enemy and bourbon our friend — it’s to never underestimate the power of a good hat. Like a swipe of red lipstick for your head, a hat can instantly endow you with retro polish, downtown street cred or a nonchalant je ne sais quoi. And now that fall is definitely here, they’re also kind of a necessity.
See below for 14 of fall’s flyest hats, from ’20s cloches and Chung-approved Fedoras to ballsy beanies and androgynous bowlers — all under the $50 mark.
this is some kind of spaceship or something.