Fall and winter are the seasons when the functional gods of the wardrobe do battle. Sea-deep pockets, GORE-TEX second skins, and, of course, the trustee hood, make coats and jackets the hardest-working clothing category out there. However, our increasingly unpredictable weather systems mean that the full-on heavy duty-ness of a coat isn’t always needed, even as we head towards the last quarter of the year. What this particular transition season calls for are smart fit configurations. And by smart fit configurations, I mean shopping modularly. We'll begin with coat hoods.

I’ve noticed an increasing amount of brands stocking serious hoods without the rest of the actual coat recently. And no, you’re not getting ripped off. Adding standalone coat hoods to your fall and winter arsenal means you no longer have to be weighed down by your this-is-all-I-wear-in-winter outerwear.

A singular coat hood allows you to switch out colors, patterns, and materials in an instant, affording greater individuality in coat and hood combos that let you stand out. Of course, they also do the thing they were born to do — keep your head shielded from the elements.

Like I said, loads of labels are in on the action, and we’ve picked out ten of our favorite coat hoods to go modular with this fall. Coat not included — obviously.

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Jacquemus La Casquette Cagoule Hat

La Casquette Cagoule

$130

Jacquemus

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Part hood, part cap, part balaclava, this versatile piece of headwear from the latest collection of Jacquemus does it all. Whether you're venturing up a mountain or sticking to coffee in the city streets, this one will be there as backup.

Jil Sander Gabardine Hat

Gabardine Hat

Gabardine Hat

$212

Jil Sander

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Trying to envision what this fire Jil Sander hat-slash-hood would look like as a full coat. I'm thinking along the poncho path. Whatever you think, I love this.

Baleciaga Hoodie Hood

Logo-Embroidered Hood

Logo-Embroidered Hood

$695

Balenciaga

Buy at Farfetch

OK, you're right. It's not a coat hood per se but we added this entry from Balenciaga to show that standalone hoodie hoods also exist. It's a modular revolution.

Acne Studios Nylon Cap

Tie-Dyed Nylon Cap

Tie-Dyed Nylon Cap

$150

Acne Studios

Buy at Mr Porter

Do your best hiking pro in the '90s impression with this dyed nylon cap by king of off-kilter cuteness, Acne Studios. Wait, did Google Maps exist in the '90s?

ADER Error Camp Cap

Tringker Camp Cap

Tringker Camp Cap

$185

ADER Error

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I'm getting serious jockey vibes from this ADER Error cap, which comes paneled in nylon ripstop for running rings around the rain.

Alexander McQueen Knit Hood

Rib Knit Hood

Rib Knit Hood

$480

Alexander McQueen

Buy at ssense

Unless you want your face to feel like a soggy-socked foot at a festival, I'd offer the contrary advice of keeping this one out of the wet weather. But for all other fall and winter elements, this is one cozy choice.

Kenzo Sport Flap

Sport Flap Hat

Sport Flap Hat

$180

KENZO

Buy at ssense

After the fluffy bucket hat look went big this summer, I'm calling it now that coat hoods like this one are going to reign supreme paired with tees in the sweltering temperatures of summer 2022.

Gucci Drawstring Hood

Logo-Print Drawstring Hood

Logo-Print Drawstring Hood

$690

Gucci

Buy at Farfetch

Let's be honest, the silhouette that comes with a poncho isn't the most flattering. Here to quash that problem is Gucci's drawstring option.

Jil Sander Knitted Bib With Hood

Knitted Bib

Knitted Bib

$502

Jil Sander

Buy at VooStore

Sorry, another one from Jil but I just had to — this knitted (very of the moment) hood is too cute. I predict a big moment for these.

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