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By Hannah Ongley, Styleite.com

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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.

Nordstrom
Topshop Faux Fur Cap
Miss Selfridge
Burgundy Felt Fedora Hat
NastyGal.com
Controversy Velvet Cap
UrbanOutfitters.com
Furry PomPom Beanie
ASOS.com
Cable Turban Hat
ModCloth.com
Up Cloche and Personal Hat
Topshop.com
Beekeeper Felt Hat