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  • Words by Mr Peter Henderson, Senior Fashion
    & Social Media Writer, MR PORTER

From rugged cable-knit hats to slouchy beanies, woollen headgear is an indispensable part of our sartorial armoury in winter. Practicality comes first but, as ever when adding an item to an outfit, you can use a knitted hat to say something about your style, whether it's injecting a jolt of colour with a bright one or hinting at your playful side with a bobble-topped version. If you're unsure where to begin, Mr Robert De Niro in The Deer Hunter, below, is a good reference. We'll certainly be hoping to look more like him, and less like Mr Bill Murray in The Life Aquatic, this winter. Click through the gallery, above, to see some stylish options to get your head into, or continue reading, below, for our guide to woollen hat etiquette.

Mr Robert De Niro in the 1978 drama The Deer Hunter

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