Balaclavas Are Taking Over the Fashion World


| LAST UPDATE 08/17/2023

By Amelia Taylor
Balaclava Trend Crochet Fashion
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Summer may still be kicking, but come winter, this accessory will be all anyone wants to wear. Balaclavas, a knit or cloth that covers your head, ears, and neck like a protective beanie, will be the winter staple of 2023/24. For those in colder cities, when your face hurts from the sting of the cold, these headpieces are now a way to warm yourself in the most fashionable way possible. As an alternative to beanies and scarves, balaclavas are a warming method for all three.

The variety of accessible crochets is the trend’s most exciting feature; if you want to be a high fashion icon, there are balaclavas available to purchase at Loewe, Acne Studios, Jacquemus, and many more. However, if you want a cheaper alternative, look no further than Instagram, Depop, Etsy, Poshmark, and thredUP to find independent sellers producing balaclavas. Or, you can take it one step further by purchasing your knit and needle and start crocheting one yourself. Balaclavas are relatively simple to knit yourself, so this is a great design project for new crocheters.

balaclava fashion winter trend via Instagram
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While the trend is alive and kicking, people have been seen wearing them as a fashion statement as early as December 2021. During the Winter Fashion Show in Paris, Loewe, Y/Project, and Rick Owens’ male models were seen sporting vamp-up looks with jeans or jackets. However, this was a male-dominated style. We’re betting this next winter will be all about the girlies; bright-colored crochets, cute patterns, and even animal ears to adorn the look.

@shinobi_la I hope they not mad😅 #shiesty #yeat #balaclava #outfit ♬ original sound - allexnguyen

If you live in an icy city, you can also wear one that covers your face and nose. However, the standard balaclava keeps your face bare; if worn correctly, a balaclava can elevate an entire look. For those of us on the shyer side who don’t know how to even begin styling a balaclava, designer Ella Emhoff told Vogue, “Wear a big coat. You can never go wrong with a mildly chunky balaclava and an oversized coat, puffer, or sweater. Sometimes I go crazy and wear a scarf with it, so you are wrapped in textiles.”

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