Balaclavas have been through a number of different phases in their lifetime. Originally designed for skiing, they were quickly adopted by criminals and, most recently, the fashion scene. That's not to say that they're no longer used by criminals or skiiers — they are — but there's never been such an abundance of fashion-forward balaclavas to keep you warm and stylish.
Shop the best balaclavas for 2022 below.
The main reason for a balaclava is comfort. Keep the ears warm all fall & winter in this wildly comfortable, furry number by Andersson Bell.
Jacquemus' fluffy FW22 collection includes everything from socks to sweaters made in this highly textured fabric, and its selection of fuzzy balaclavas have been getting a lot of attention.
Marni really outdid itself this season with a number of amazing knitwear pieces. Rising above them all, though, was this striped balaclava. Tiny holes for each eye and the mouth mean that not only your ears are kept warm this season.
The real Stoney nerds will recognize this colorful camo pattern from searching for vintage grails. A re-issue of its popular print from the 90s, it is part of a full collection of new camouflaged goods.
The classically menacing black ribbed balaclava gets a very cute update this season from Loewe. Now with a heart-shaped opening for the eyes, there's no confusing you with a bank robber.
If any brand is going to perfect the balaclava, there's a lot to say it'll be C.P. Company. Known for its goggle-embellished outerwear, the Italian brand is a natural fit for the accessory. This heavy, ribbed balaclava feature a goggle section that you can pin up when you're not using it.
In typical Zegna form, this balaclava is woven using the finest wool and features understated branding. Our favorite aspect of this balaclava is the lightweight nose covering that accompanies the large circular face hole.
From the bold and furry to the sleek and technical. A-COLD-WALL* asserts its dominance with this black stretch number, complete with typically coded detailing.
Dion Lee's offering is made from a soft wool blend that's essential for chilly days and fly outfits too. The small bits of reflective thread along the ribbed knit texture is just the cherry on top.
Marni's balaclava game is on fire this season. So much so that we had to include two of the brand's offerings in our roundup. In contrast to the earlier mention, this one is a chunky cable knit construction to combat the depths of winter.
As much as balaclavas have become a great style accessory recently, it's really one of the best items to overcome winter. Arc'teryx's wool balaclava checks all the right boxes and comes in a monochrome finish with the brand's trusted logo.
We thought we should finish with the cutest balaclava of the season. Raf Simons' pale pink masterpiece is the final word in non-threatening balaclavas. Also, it's such pale pink that it's essentially white, making it super easy to style with a range of fits.
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