Every Winter Hat Style To Have In Your Wardrobe This Season
In the age of streetwear, we’re an incredibly long way away from the days when a hat wasn’t just something to obscure a bad hair day, but a social necessity. Nonetheless, just because you don’t have to wear one, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t.
While it may not be factually true that you lose most of your body heat through your head, we can confidently confirm that in most cases a hat will keep snow, wind and rain from tormenting your bonce and ruining your barnet.
So, with that in mind, here are the only styles worth covering your crown with this season and some indispensable tips on how to pull them off (or on, rather).
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The Beanie Hat
Like much else in the menswear canon, the beanie has a chequered history. Designed as a means to keep blue-collar workers’ hair from their faces while grafting, this brimless hat is thought to have been bestowed with its name thanks to the small cloth-covered ‘bean’ at the crown.
Fast forward to the mid-2000s and the style was more readily associated with students sporting a sagging, diaper-esque mass of fabric that tickled the wearer’s neck.
To do the hat justice, make like those savvy Scandi fishermen and choose a short, neat, woollen skull cap that follows the form of your head. These work best worn off-duty at the weekends, particularly when paired with other worker-inspired staples such as an overshirt or denim jacket.
Nailing wearing the flat cap without looking like a farmhand requires bringing it up to date with the rest of your outfit. “There are great high street options out there, but you should invest in a traditional design,” adds Higgins, who suggests wearing one with modern staples like a single-breasted overcoat, a roll neck, and jeans.
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“Instead of just wearing a regular cotton cap, update it to wool for winter,” says Sarah Gilfillan, a personal stylist at Sartoria Lab. “Choose plain dark navy or a grey Prince of Wales check to go with more formal outfits and tweed or a buffalo check for casual.”
Irrespective of age, the baseball cap invariably benefits from simplicity. So, opt for a restrained colour palette and avoid logos to keep the style firmly away from pesky pubescent rabble-rousers. Swerve sportswear, too. A choice piece of knitwear will make a much more handsome companion for a premium baseball cap than a heavy duty tracksuit.
Hirsute men be warned, there are worse perils than looking like a literal lumberjack ahead. “If your hair is long or you have a beard, ensure that you choose a contrasting colour fur to your hair colour, so it’s doesn’t all blend together in a shaggy fuzz,” advises Gilfillan.