Every year, when the cold breeze starts to pick up, we turn into Jon Snow and utter “Winter is coming,” before opening our closets and trying to put together outfits that will keep us warm while still making us feel like stylish, fashion-forward people. Some of these pieces we wear year after year—giant scarves, cozy knits, etc.—while others are of the trendy variety. Among this winter’s most of-the-moment items are puffer jackets, retro skiwear and balaclavas.
Balaclavas serve the primary purpose of keeping you warm from the top of your head down to your collarbone, but this season, they’ve become a stylish, must-have piece. Spotted on influencers, designer runways (like Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Giorgio Armani) and social media (hello #BalacalvaTok), balaclavas are an “it” item of 2022. But before we hopped on the trend, we couldn’t help but question how familiar the fashion item looks and the privilege required to wear one freely.