| October 16, 2013

If model Alexa Chung taught us anything — other than that hairbrushes are our enemy and bourbon our friend — it’s to never underestimate the power of a good hat.

Like a swipe of red lipstick for your head, a hat can instantly endow you with retro polish, downtown street cred or a nonchalant je ne sais quoi.

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And now that fall is definitely here, they’re also kind of a necessity.

See below for 14 of fall’s flyest hats, from ’20s cloches and Chung-approved Fedoras to ballsy beanies and androgynous bowlers — all under the $50 mark.

Topshop Faux Fur Cap
Miss Selfridge
Burgundy Felt Fedora Hat
Controversy Velvet Cap
Furry PomPom Beanie
Cable Turban Hat
Up Cloche and Personal Hat
Beekeeper Felt Hat