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 trusty 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 credentials of a coat aren't always needed, even as we enter the last quarter of the year. What this particular transitional 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.

Scroll to shop coat hoods.

Moncler Genius Polartec Power Stretch Pro Balaclava

Polartec Power Stretch Pro Balaclava

Polartec Power Stretch Pro Balaclava

$320

Moncler Genius

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While this Moncler hood won't do much to cover you from the rain, its tight-fitting Polartec build is ideal for protecting you against the cold and can slot nicely into exercise kit, too.

ARNAR MAR JONSSON Hi-vis Detachable Hood Liner

Hi-vis Detachable Hood Liner

Hi-vis Detachable Hood Liner

$279

ARNAR MAR JONSSON

Buy at Slam Jam

Breaking onto the scene recently, Arnar Mar Jonsson's blend of high-end technicals and style has put it at the front of the techwear pack. Pieces like this hi-vis hood set the collection apart from the crowd.

Nike x AMBUSH AW84 Cap

AMBUSH AW84 Cap

AMBUSH AW84 Cap

$53

Nike

Buy at Slam Jam

Nike and AMBUSH's bold collaborative apparel collection takes inspiration from the world of motocross. Built to mimic the face-covering, dystopian goodness of motocross helmets, the AW84 Cap doubles up as a functional hood.

The Viridi-Anne Puffer Masked Hat

Puffer Masked Hat

Puffer Masked Hat

$380

The Viridi-Anne

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Part trapper hat, part futuristic helmet, the Puffer Masked Hat by The Virid-Anne is a dream when the temperature drops. The insulated hood is basically a padded balaclava.

C.P. Company Flatt Aviator Goggle Hat

Flatt Aviator Goggle Hat

Flatt Aviator Goggle Hat

$270

C.P. Company

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C.P. Company has been embedding its signature goggles into the hoods of its coats since it was founded. Now you can bypass the actual coat part and just cop the hood. What a time to be alive.

TAKAHIROMIYASHITA The Soloist. Faux-Fur Hood

Faux-Fur Hood

Faux-Fur Hood

$840

TAKAHIROMIYASHITA The Soloist.

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If you're on the hunt for coziness, look no further than TAKAHIROMIYASHITA The Soloist.'s Faux-Fur Hood. Fastening with an oversized safety pin in contrast to the soft fur, it's in keeping with TAKAHIROMIYASHITA The Soloist.'s monochrome offering.

Kanghyuk Ripstop Camo Hoodie

Ripstop Camo Hoodie

Ripstop Camo Hoodie

$270

Kanghyuk

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This waterproof hood in neutral camo features a contrasting orange stitch to highlight the urban camouflage.

Wooyoungmi Brown Knit Balaclava

Brown Knit Balaclava

Brown Knit Balaclava

$230

Wooyoungmi

Buy at ssense

A lot of standalone hoods offer up a futuristic, technical aesthetic but this Wooyoungmi version keeps things classic in brown wool.

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