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The "It" Ways To Ace The Balaclava Trend

We hate to say this, but we’d told you so. Back in August 2017, we spotlighted how the ski mask known as the balaclava is a sleeper trend and is one of the most daring accessories to own. At the recent F/W ’18 shows, from New York to Paris, the visibility of the mask was hard to deny.

In an extremely politicised climate, the renegade symbol of the balaclava had many critics wondering if it serves its purpose as more than just a fashion statement (Psst: Could this be fashion’s pink pussyhat moment?). Here, we showcased just how designers are making their style statement with the look at least.

Chanel slips on a luxe wool version to go with a dressed up getup. Pearl necklace highly recommended.
Or opt for a scuba version as seen at Alexander Wang. Note the natural makeup for a more editorial look.
Gucci goes super flamboyant by teaming up its lace balaclava with Matahari-worthy jewels.
Another Gucci styling trick? Slap on a pair of statement sunnies for more drama.
Marine Serre takes the fetishtistic approach in latex. Talk about being super subversive.
At Lanvin, balaclavas accentuate the tailoring of its suits even more.
Raf Simons opts for traditional knitted ski masks for Calvin Klein 205W39NYC.
While at Dior, suede balaclavas are topped off with newsboy caps.
Maison Margiela proposes the most experimental look for the balaclava trend — by layering over a plastic mesh.
Matty Bovan keeps things matchy-matchy.
The bonnet balaclava appears at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. Super charming.
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