Cool Bean(ie)s: A Guide to Winter Hats

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Although the old wives’ tale that one can lose 70 percent of one’s body heat by not covering one’s head in winter has long been debunked by scientists, there is still good reason to don a hat when the temperatures plummet. Covering your head, forehead and ears will keep you warmer and can prevent frostbite or dry, chapped skin–as well as the shame you face until that bad new haircut grows out again.

Hats also look good and the tried-and-true beanie is a cold weather classic that complements virtually any shaped face. Available in from everything from inexpensive acrylic to high-end cashmere, these knitted numbers are the no-brainers of men’s accessories category since they keep you warm and can add some effortless style to your outfit. And best of all, most are generally affordable.

Here are 18 of my favorites this season….

Classic Pom Hat by ALPS & METERS ($85)

Classic Pom Hat by ALPS & METERS

Heritage Waffle-Knit Beanie by BANANA REPUBLIC ($39.50)

Heritage Waffle-Knit Beanie by BANANA REPUBLIC

Merino Stripe KNIT Hat by BANANA REPUBLIC ($39.50)

Merino Stripe KNIT Hat by BANANA REPUBLIC

Cashmere Beanie by BILLY REID ($98)

Cashmere Beanie by BILLY REID

Acrylic Watch Hat by CARHARTT WORK IN PROGRESS ($28)

Acrylic Watch Hat by CARHARTT WORK IN PROGRESS

Extra Fine Vanise Merino Wool Beanie by C.P. COMPANY ($65)

Extra Fine Vanise Merino Wool Beanie by C.P. COMPANY

Merino Wool Goggle Beanie by C.P. COMPANY ($93)

MERINO WOOL GOGGLE BEANIE

Premium Donegal Wool Cap by DOCKERS ($28)

Premium Donegal Wool Cap by DOCKERS

Cowichan Running Wolf Cap by FILSON ($95)

Cowichan Running Wolf Cap by FILSON

Merino Wool Beanie by ISAORA ($45)

Merino Wool Beanie by ISAORA

Merino Wool Beanie Hat in Classic Fitz Roy Andes Blue by PATAGONIA ($27)

Merino Wool Beanie Hat in Classic Fitz Roy Andes Blue by PATAGONIA

Poly/Spandex Slopestyle Beanie in Birch White Huck Stripe by PATAGONIA ($29)

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Acrylic/Cotton Black Cable Knit Beanie by TOPMAN ($20)

acrylic

Alpaca/Merino Netflix Addict Hat by WOOLN ($165)

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Alpaca Off Duty Model by WOOLN ($145)

Alpaca Off Duty Model by WOOLN

Acrylic Watch Cap by YORK ATHLETICS MFG. ($28)

Acrylic Watch Cap by YORK ATHLETICS MFG.

Acrylic/Wool/Alpaca Blend Hat by ZARA ($19.90)

Acrylic/Wool/Alpaca Blend Hat by ZARA

Cotton Ribbed Knit Hat by ZARA ($15.90)

Cotton Ribbed Knit Hat by ZARA