Cashmere gathered beret, Marks & Spencer
There are now branches of Marks & Spencer all over the UAE but the sensible winter hat range stocked in its British stores cannot be found on the shelves here. Ordering online is easy, though. And at £15 (Dh88), delivery charges to the UAE are the cheapest we've encountered. Buy several to stuff in your bag any old how. Costs £19.50 (Dh114) at www.marksandspencer.com (00 44 1925 672 317).
Trapper hat, Ugg
From the company behind the famous boots - and you'll want to buy them, too - comes a relatively inexpensive version of the warmest, most flattering winter hat you can find. Everyone can look good in this shearling hat: it's just a matter of adjusting the top so you cover more or less of your face. And it's easy to pack, too. It costs £110 (Dh644). Free delivery worldwide from ASOS (www.asos.com).
Kingsley wool fedora, Net-a-Porter
From the website we turn to first when we need a speedy wardrobe addition, the website that answers the prayers of anyone with a stylish someone to buy for, comes this unisex number. Rag and Bone's fedora, in camel-coloured wool with a cotton band, is impossible to pack, but it's a hat you can wear to fly in without feeling idiotic. It costs £125 (Dh732), plus £20 (Dh117) p&p (www.net-a-porter.com; 00 44 203 471 4510).