A hat can not only fulfill a personal style goal in the winter months but it can also provide a much needed necessity as the temperatures drop. There are several different hat styles that will keep you warm in these colder months.
A beanie hat is perhaps one of the most well known winter hat styles and goes by a variety of names such as the tuque, stocking cap, sock cap or skull cap. The beanie hat is typically known by its knit, wool or cotton material; round, close to the head shape; and frequently sports a cuffed brim or other decoration such as tassels or pom-poms. A beanie hat is the least formal of winter hat styles and is best for casual or outdoor environments.
Trapper hats are a style made for ultimate warmth – similar to a beanie in construction and material but with long ear flaps and a tie that connect the flaps in three positions: open (flaps tied at the top of the head), closed (flaps tied beneath the chin), and loose (flaps down and untied). The typical construction of the trapper hat combines front, side and rear panels made of fabrics such as wool or felt. This is another example of a casual hat that is mostly worn during outdoor activities or in colder climates, but it can be appropriate to wear this style of hat in daily or more formal activities when faced with bitter cold.
Newsboy caps and other flat cap styles such as the Agean Fiddler - Wool Greek Cap are styles that can be worn year round. If you wear this style of hat, be sure to pick one made from wool in the winter months in order to maximize head warmth. Due to their lack of ear, cheek or neck protection as seen in other hats, these styles are suitable for business or more formal events, but may also be favored when outdoor contact is limited.
For business or formal events, the felt, fur or wool (or combination thereof) fedora is your best choice for dressing well while staying warm. Fur felt fedoras are the perfect choice for warmer months for several reasons. A fur felt fedora is constructed with a felt body and lined with the soft under-fur of rabbit or beaver. This style of fedora is naturally water repellent, softer and more durable than wool felt, making them ideal for winter months when cold, rainy or snowy days are prominent.