As we approach the colder months of the year, it’s time to start thinking about your winter wardrobe. No man’s winter outfit would be complete without a good quality beanie hat to keep their head warm. On that note, here’s our run down of the top 5 beanie styles on the market today.
As an absolute classic in the hat world, it would be a crime to not mention the humble bobble hat. Bobble hats have had a rather bad wrap over the years, with people thinking they appear silly or childish. However, with the increase in hipster fashion and the popularity of quirky pop culture such as Wes Anderson films, bobble hats have definitely got a place in men’s winter fashion. Bobble hats became popular in the UK during the late 20th Century as a wholly practicality based hat. Originally a lot of football supporters would wear bobble hats during cold match days.
If you’re after traditional beanie hats for men, without all the bells and whistles, then you should wear a cuffed beanie. Although you will often see cuffed beanies in wool and cotton, a woollen style gives a great texture and pattern that cotton just can’t provide. Cuffed beanies come with extra material knitted into the bottom of the hat, allowing for the fold in material that creates the cuff in the hat. The cuff in this style of beanie usually sits on top of your ears and around your forehead. This makes it great for keeping your head warm during the winter season.
As a variation of your standard cuffed beanie, the hipster beanie is now one of the most popular hats that men are wearing. Hipster beanies, also known as fisherman beanies, use less material than your average cuffed beanie. This means that the hat fits tightly to the shape of your head, with the cuff sitting just above your ears and forehead. Although this style of beanie isn’t going to keep your head as warm as other styles, it is certainly a hugely stylish accessory. Traditionally, sailors and workmen would wear this style of hat as a practical piece of clothing to keep warm whilst labouring in harsh weather conditions.
In a list about the best beanies we have to mention the slouch beanie. As possibly the only beanie around that doesn’t have a cuffed brim, the slouch beanie has many unique features. This beanie is a longer style hat that sits just over the top of your ears with the extra material slouching down at the back of your head. This style of beanie used to be very popular in the early to mid 2000s, and you do have to be careful not to end up looking like Sid from skins when you wear one. Although the slouch beanie was once synonymous with greasy teenagers, it is slowly loosing this reputation.
High Top Beanie
If you’re looking to make a statement with your beanie hat, then try wearing a high top beanie. Although this style of wearing a beanie probably won’t keep your head warm, it is most likely the most stereotypically cool way to wear a beanie hat. It has become a popular staple of house music and rave fashion over the last few years.
Beanie hats have been a staple of men’s winter fashion for as long as anyone can remember. Whether you’re going for wooly hats, or prefer a cotton blend beanie, they are a perfect winter accessory. As men’s hats go, beanies are definitely up there with the best when it comes to combining practicality and style into one design. Although different hat trends come and go, the beanie remains ever lasting.