The way to put on a hat with out wanting like an fool
The cold weather headgear landscape is a notoriously difficult area. Hats are basically the only vaguely acceptable option, and let's face it, they are hardly valued by fans of fashion. You can't really blame them either. After all, there have usually been dire, dire consequences when these wool warmers get into the public eye.
For example, David Beckham and his legions of style students spent most of the nineties proudly rocking a look that said, "I've got a sucker in my hat"; and during Craig David's first coming, crossover crooner R & # 39; n & # 39; B / Garage perfectly demonstrated why condoms should always be made of rubber and worn on the penis as opposed to wool and on the head.
However, as with so many things in the world of style, it's not just about what you wear, but how you wear it. With this in mind, we want to campaign for one of the most misunderstood accessories of winter.
If you've ever pronounced the words "hats just don't suit me" it may be because you just wore the wrong ones. Hats go well with the current men's fashion love for functional workwear, and there are a number of styles to suit even the strangest and lumpiest face shapes.
Choosing the right hat for your face
"A hat is an important part of your winter wardrobe," says Sarah Gilfillan, stylist and founder of SartoriaLab, a London-based personal styling service for men. "But before you head out, remember that small details can make all the difference in whether the style suits you or not."
If you're round or square, avoid designs that make you look like Harry at home on their own. “Go for a hat with no reverse cuff, ribs and a loose style that will add height to your face,” suggests Gilfillan. "Also, carry it back slightly from your face instead of pulling it over your ears."
A bobble hat is another great option for this, but avoid anything that is too "out there." You don't want to look like Kevin either.
If you have a longer face, a hat can work just fine. "Go for a twist-back cuff that can even be a contrasting color or have stripe details," says Gilfillan. "Wear a tighter fit style that sits right on top of your head to avoid extra height."
Embrace beanie styles
You can rely on these hats to keep your ears warm in style. Stick to these fail-safe winter hats and you can't go far astray.
The classic cuffed beanie
If you hear "wool hat" you are most likely thinking about it – and there is a good reason for it. This style is one of the most popular and eclectic around, and has been endorsed by hip-hop royalty, workers, and everyone in between.
As for the hats, this is the grandpa.
The Fisherman Beanie
It may have become the hipster headwear item in cold weather, but don't let that put you off. The Fisherman Beanie was designed as part of a workwear-inspired look and comes into its own.
This miniature wool hat has a cuff and sits on top of the head and ends just above the ear.
The bobble hat
A pom-pom isn't exactly the manliest decorative detail, so it can be a surprise to learn that it actually has its roots in the military. Napoleon's infantry and the Scottish Highland Regiment both used pompoms on their hats to differentiate between companies, and today it's still possible to wear one without looking like a Christmas carol singer.
Avoid neon colors, overly festive patterns, and anything with more than a humble pompom.
Newton's third law of headgear: for every beautiful hat there is an equal and opposite dung hat. Here's what to look out for.
The baggy beanie
As mentioned earlier, for several years in the nineties, every man and his dog wore an oversized, sloppy hat. Needless to say, it didn't look good.
As is so often the case, David Beckham was instrumental in spreading this fad. The former captain of England was constantly being packed in his wide cap at airports around the world and made us all ask the same question: what exactly was he trying to smuggle through customs?
Visor / Peaked Beanies
If a 13-year-old kid in an oversized limp bizkit t-shirt and baggy jeans thinks they're "sick," the rest of us should probably just leave them alone.
Unless you're a badly rendered computer character named "Otto" in a Nintendo 64 snowboarding game, this headgear nightmare is best done with an extremely large berth.
You should really know by now that in the world of menswear, anything with the prefix “novelty” like the plague should be avoided and hats are no exception.
If you stumble into a ski shop and discover a fluffy hat adorned with a blue furry mohawk, quickly turn around, walk out the door and never return. That's just common sense.
How to wear a hat
Here are some fail-safe ideas for styling a hat, as well as the best versions you can buy to achieve any look.
Just because you have to dress a little smarter than usual doesn't mean your bread has to suffer from the cold.
A traditional bonnet with a cuff is the best option here, although a bobble hat can work too, as long as you go for a subtle, neutral color scheme. Gray, black, brown and navy are safe and work-friendly options – after all, you don't want to rock into the office like a Belisha beacon.
Also consider mixing textures. Adding another piece of rope to your commuter outfit can help ensure that you don't look like another office drone. Wear your hat with a flannel suit and wool coat or a knitted turtleneck for something business casual.
If the thought of spending more than £ 100 on a wool hat doesn't make you shudder, Acne Studios is a good shack. The Swedish label has a longstanding reputation for its typically Scandinavian, minimalist aesthetic and the superior quality of its materials.
You can expect these features in abundance when it comes to the brand's hats, along with the instantly recognizable no-nonsense emoji details.
Buy Now: £ 110.00
No matter what you are looking for, you can always count on Topman to deliver the goods. Hats are no different and the variety on offer is downright dizzying.
The main drag favorite is known for offering the masses a mix of timeless and trending products at affordable prices.
Buy Now: £ 10.00
The Danish crossover label Streetwear / Casualwear Norse Projects perfectly embodies everything you can love about Scandinavian fashion. The brand's seasonal collections move consistently between timeless and contemporary, and the hat is one of its main items.
Both the classic turn-up hat and the fisherman hat are strongly represented in the Nordic collections and can be recognized immediately by their characteristic white-on-black woven brand patches.
Buy Now: £ 50.00
Granted, Moncler's hats aren't exactly cheap, but damn it, they look good. The Italian alpine sportswear label has built a reputation for being one of the coolest names on the slopes and its hats are some of the best around.
Woven from the finest wool and provided with the legendary three-tone Moncler branding and the characteristic felt stripe. If you are looking for headwear that screams luxury then this is it.
Buy Now: £ 210.00
In most genres of men's fashion, the hat's popularity fluctuates at best. In the world of streetwear, however, its appeal has remained very unwavering. In addition to hoodies, sneakers and baseball caps, hats are one of the real streetwear staples.
As for the colors, pretty much anything is possible. The key to the right look lies in the branding and graphics. With so much streetwear culture, it's all about which labels you wear. If you brake like the kids camping outside of Supreme and Palace Camps, you are halfway there.
Go for raw denim with a relaxed fit, a hoodie under a coach jacket, and just top it off with one of the following brands, and you're good to go.
If you find streetwear a little childish, Noah may be the label that will change your mind. The brand is an brainchild of former Chief Creative Director Brendon Babenzien and is probably best described as "adult streetwear".
If you're a little concerned, wearing something that is over-branded, or if you have graphics that are a little too flashy, Noah's Clobber is a surefire bet. The label always has a few chunky hats in its collections.
Buy Now: £ 31.00
If it hadn't been for Shawn Stussy's California-based surfwear label of the same name, would streetwear as we know it exist today? Maybe not.
Stussy was founded back in 1980 and is often seen as one of the brands that led the movement. As a result, the logo is one of the most famous. If you're looking for a beanie with a serious street legacy, look no further.
Buy Now: £ 29.00
A Bathing Ape (often abbreviated and stylized as BAPE) is one of the biggest labels in the streetwear scene. Its founder, Japanese DJ and fashion designer Nigo, is one of the most respected names in the game, and his clothes have a reputation for generating immeasurable hype.
BAPE is known for its bold camouflage patterns and eye-catching graphics, as well as its iconic monkey head logo. Hats are one of the key elements of the brand, and former head Honcho Nigo often rocks you himself.
Buy Now: £ 85.00
The obsession with workwear in menswear has long been going on and showing no sign of easing. Wool hats are one of the most important accessories to the look, but there is a right way and a wrong way to go.
The Fisherman Beanie is the style that best fits that rugged outdoor aesthetic, and a classic turn-up beanie can work too. To get it right, go for something with little to no branding in a block color that is styled with durable denim, work boots, a flannel shirt, and a housework jacket.
Whether you're chopping down trees in the Yukon or just buying a pint of craft ale in Dalston, you're working with one of the following key brands.
You can't think of work clothes and you can't think of Carhartt. The American label has been doing its thing for well over 100 years and has outfitted everyone from mud-covered farm workers to cool European kids.
Expect sturdy quality, good looks, and lots of heritage.
Buy Now: £ 35.00
Okay, ASOS isn't exactly an established workwear outlet, but it certainly has the right tools. The online retail giant carries a huge selection of own branded hats, but its fisherman styles come in particularly handy when it comes to the look of workwear.
With so many colors to choose from and prices to stand out from by a decade, it's hard to complain.
Buy Now: £ 5.00
If you want to save the planet and look your best at the same time, Patagonia is for you. The California-based label has its roots in outdoor activities and prides itself on being environmentally responsible.
Additionally, some high quality hats are made from sturdy materials that are more than capable of holding anything you or the weather might want to throw at them.
Buy Now: £ 29.00
For current fashion at bargain prices, BoohooMAN is a good choice. The website has a wide variety of hats to choose from, but when it comes to perfecting the look of the workwear, it's a good idea to add the Docker hats to your cart.
With a ribbed texture, undersized fit and turn-up, this workwear classic is the perfect way to seal up your look.
Buy Now: £ 4.50
When the cold really sets in, a tiny fisherman's hat won't cut the mustard. To really keep the cold at bay you have to give it your all. These are special cold weather fabrics, fleece linings and brands that were developed for outdoors and not for Instagram, for example.
Simply get your thermal, parka, and snowshoes slipped on, and wrap up with any of the brands below to tackle the elements in style.
When it comes to outerwear designed specifically to withstand the toughest conditions, few are better known than Canada Goose.
The company's hats may be a little over budget for some, but if you really want to stay roasted in freezing temperatures, it's well worth the extra cash.
Think of superior cold protection, rugged build quality, and the iconic Canada Goose badge.
Buy Now: £ 150.00
The north wall
California-based outdoor specialist The North Face has set up quite a few polar expeditions so you can trust the brand when it comes to keeping your head warm when winter bites outside the Arctic Circle.
The bonus with North Face gear is that it looks great too. Even if the only expedition you've planned is walking the dog after dark, a hat from this iconic label is more than suitable.
Buy Now: £ 25.00
Firms like The North Face and Canada Goose may be the ones outfitting polar explorers today, but in the early years Woolrich was the brand that carried the torch.
The Pennsylvania-based outerwear label equipped Richard E. Byrd's 1939 Antarctic expedition and supplied clothing for the American Civil War. If you're looking for warmth, quality, and heritage you won't find anything better.
Buy Now: £ 73.00
Swedish outdoor outfitter Fjallraven is perhaps best known on these shores for its Kanken backpacks, but back on its home lawn and with outdoor enthusiasts around the world, its wider line of outerwear is greatly appreciated.
Look no further for a technical winter hat that is guaranteed to keep the cold out and comes with a dose of Scandinavian styling.
Buy Now: £ 35.00