Call us boy crazy, but lately, we've been taking quite a few cues from the guys. In our quest for a dapper chic look, we've tried everything from lace-up oxfords to neckties and cologne. Today's story is focused on a men's accessory that's especially appropriate for fall: the driver's cap. These short-brim toppers--sometimes known as newsboy or flat caps--are quickly becoming a fashion-industry favorite. Keep reading to see how a number of designers and tastemakers style this must-have!On The Runway
Call it the Downton Abbey domino effect! Elements of the British television drama were present throughout the F/W 12 runways. Not only was Ralph Lauren's show scored to the series' theme song, but the overall styling paid homage to an English countryside aesthetic. The Brown Wool Newsboy Cap ($495) was paired with a tailored outfit, including the Brown Plaid Jacket ($2398), Mint Collared Shirt ($898), Wool Patterned Sweater ($1598), Brown Plaid Pants ($1198), and Brown Oxford Heels ($850). MaxMara, on the other hand, went in a more military-inspired direction with the sharp Bolero Cap ($495, 212.879.6100), a printed wool version with a leather brim.
On The Red Carpet/Street
WHO: Miroslava Duma
WEAR: Vintage hat; Chloe denim patchwork shirt and jeans; Prada boots; Iosselliani necklace.
WHY: Give a casual ensemble some polish by topping it off with a structured train conductor's cap.
WHO: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
WHAT: Out to dinner with friends in London last month.
WEAR: Black driver's cap; leather jacket; gray silk shirt; skinny jeans; Proenza Schouler bag; brown ankle boots.
WHY: Wear a driver's cap with long, loose hair for a sharp masculine/feminine contrast.
WHO: Diane Kruger
WHAT: Posing at Chanel's F/W 12 Couture show in Paris in July.
WEAR: Kruger's own black hat; Chanel Cotton Toile Dress from the Resort 13 collection, clutch, and single earring; Christian Louboutin Pigalle Spikes Flats ($995); Jaeger-LeCoultre watch.
WHY: A black cap worn tilted to one side lends a playfully debonair feel to any look.
Get The Look/Solid-Colored
If you're ready to cap off your look with a driver's hat, we suggest going for one of these versatile solid-colored options. The makers of the once-ubiquitous sheepskin boots, Ugg, know a thing or two about cozy accessories; their Shearling Visor Cap ($205) comes is an ideal cold-weather chapeau. If you're fond of military-style embellishments, go for Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply's Wool Fisherman's Cap ($70) or Eugenia Kim's Marina Captain's Cap ($199) in Charcoal/Silver.
Get The Look/Printed
Whether you seek plaid or houndstooth, there are also plenty of patterned driver's caps on the market! Bold trendsetters can opt for the rich bordeaux plaid of Grace Hats' Rib Hunting CK Hat ($39) in Wine, while those with more understated sensibilities will appreciate Brixton's Hooligan Hat ($34) in Brown/Gold Tweed or Halogen's Tweed Tuck Newboy Cap ($30) in Black Grey. Ready to splurge? We recommend investing in Burberry's Herringbone Tweed Flat Cap ($450), a luxe rendition that's sure to give any look a sophisticated finish.--Tiffany Tse
Photo of Diane Kruger, courtesy of Getty Images; photo of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, courtesy of Splash News; photo of Miroslava Duma, courtesy of Stockholm StreetStyle; Ralph Lauren runway photo, courtesy of Ralph Lauren; MaxMara runway photo, courtesy of First View.