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Balaclavas are quickly becoming one of this season’s biggest accessories.
We should have seen this coming: During the summer (yes, summer), Kim Kardashian sported a full face covering, courtesy of Balenciaga, to one of Kanye West’s Dondalistening parties. A few weeks later, the Skims founder traded the style for a leather “face mask” to step out in New York (when it was still hot out, no less!). In September, she attended the Met Gala in a full face covering and dress that launched a thousand memes, accompanied by Balenciaga designer Demna Gvasalia in a similar mask. (Gossip Girlactor Evan Mock also wore a full face mask, paired with a shorts suit, to the American-themed red carpet.)
Since then, similar accessories have been trending online, with people on TikTok recreating Kardashian’s outfit to see just how hard it is to pull off the no-face look. Others are opting for more wearable (and winter-proof!) option: balaclavas. Last year, searches for the cold-weather accessory rose by 64% on Lyst, prompting the global search website to name balaclavas “fall’s most wanted accessory.” It’s a good thing then that designers like Miu Miu, Tod’s, and Bevza included ski masks and balaclavas in their fall 2021 newest collections.
Now that winter is in full swing, here are some options to battle the cold in style.
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