January 9, 2012

Style Feature: The Winter Hat

Hats are another great accessory that will help keep you warm and stylish throughout the winter. There are a variety of different hats that will fit almost any style and occasion, and while there are some worthwhile synthetics out there, for winter I would generally recommend sticking with a wool or cashmere.

1. Beanie

Beanie by John Varvatos; Down vest by Uniqlo; Henley by AllSaints
Spitalfields; Shirt by Gant Rugger; Denim by AllSaints Spitalfields;
Boots by AllSaints Spitalfields; Scarf by Burberry.
Possibly the quintessential winter hat, the beanie is often the most practical for staying warm when the weather gets cold. There are several different styles and even more materials to choose from, each with their own benefits.

Extra Tip : Wool or cashmere will be the warmest, but require special care. Synthetics are often (though not always) machine washable, but though they are getting closer every year, can’t match wool for warmth.

Extra Tip II : Choose a style to suit your needs. The beanie featured here is more of a fashion beanie. It doesn’t fully cover the ears, so it is not as warm as one that pulls down further with a fold-over brim.

Extra Tip III : A thin down vest is great for layering. This one is thin enough to wear under a wool coat, but warm enough to be a top layer.

2. Military Cap

Cap by Prada; Wool coat by AllSaints Spitalfields; Denim by 7 For All Mankind;
Sneakers by Paul Smith Jeans; Scarf by John Varvatos.
The patrol cap, commonly called a military cap, is a great (and more stylish) alternative to a baseball or trucker hat. This one is wool with a quilted lining for added warmth.

Extra Tip : The main way to tell the difference is the flat top that is featured on the military hat.

Extra Tip II : Unless you are a trucker or a farmer, don’t wear a trucker hat. Remember, trendy rarely translates to stylish.

3. Fedora

Fedora from JJ Hat Center; Wool trench by French Connection;
Wool trousers by Edun; Boots by AllSaints Spitalfields;
Scarf by Burberry; Gloves by French Connection; Tote by Ted Baker.
The fedora is a classic piece of headgear and while it has recently been adopted by more casual wearers, for me it will always have a sense of elegance and refinement. I conjure mental images of well-dressed gents like Sinatra and Bogart and stand just a little bit taller when I wear one.

Extra Tip : There are several styles of fedoras, and you can find one to flatter almost any face based on brim width and crown height. Go to a reputable and established hat shop or milliner, like J.J. Hat Center in NYC. They will be able to help you pick the size and style that is right for you.

4. Earwarmers

Earwarmers by 180s; Wool coat by AllSaints Spitalfields; Denim by AllSaints
Spitalfields; Boots by John Varvatos; Scarf by Burberry; Gloves by French Connection.
While not actually a hat, these earwarmers have definitely earned their place in my closet. On those really cold days when I have a meeting and can’t run the risk of hat hair, these have kept my ears plenty warm while in transit.

Extra Tip : These are also great for winter running, with or without a hat.

Whatever hat you choose to rock, remember that it is always polite to remove your hat indoors.

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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