Winter beanies can get boring. They’ve been the winter hat of choice for a few years now. While I love good hat trends and think beanies have been one of the best winter fashion trends of this decade, sometimes you have to change it up a bit. If you’re going to wear a beanie in 2017, do it with style. I’ve hunted down some of the best stylish winter hats to give you a taste of all your beanie can be. There are plenty of questionable beanies out there, so heed these winter fashion tips carefully as you choose your new winter hat for 2017.
F*** THE COLD
If you’re pissed off at the weather, wear your feelings on your head. This beanie with a pom is the perfect sassy reaction to a disheartening cold spell.
Feeling rebellious this year? Pull out this cannabis cap. My favorite thing about this design is its finesse. A little nod to something taboo is a great way to mix up your beanie look.
FAIR ISLE ACRYLIC
We’ve seen a lot of monotone beanies the past few winters. This year, wear a hat with a nice pattern. This Fair Isle beanie boasts a sweater print that actually works.
If you want to find a colorful beanie everyone will applaud, join the Potter renaissance. Hot Topic has hats for each of the four houses of Hogwarts. It’s a fun way to liven up your greyscale winter wardrobe.
THE SKULL CAP
Smaller than a traditional beanie, the skull cap is a variation on current cold weather style. Inspired by bikers of the 50s and 60s, this hat manages to be cute and dangerous at the same time. Possibly the sexiest hat of men’s cold weather style.
THE HUNTSMAN ERA BOB MARLEY
Few colors are as iconic as those worn by Reggae star singer Bob Marley. This hat incorporates his signature red, yellow, green, and black in a stylish winter hat you can be proud of. Correlate your outfit colors to go with the stripes or simply let the hat liven up a muted look.
THE LIGHTWEIGHT BEANIE
There’s nothing revolutionary about these stylish winter hats. They’re just great headwear. Though titled summer beanies, the open stitch design and loose knit is comfy and warm in any season. If colorful hats are too bold for you, add one of these to your wardrobe.
URBAN PIPELINE EAR FLAP BEANIE
One of the most over-rated winter fashion tips is to keep your ears warm. Earmuffs are coming back in style, but they mean one more thing to try and remember before you head out the door. Ear flap beanies will keep your ears warm without requiring you to remember something extra. Check out these patterned knits from Urban Pipeline for a trendy alternative to the typical winter beanie.
O’NEILL FOXY BOBBLE HAT
The exciting thing about this trendy winter hat is texture. It’s knit gives the hat a unique look that sets it apart from other designs. If you want something innovative but subtle, this beanie will do the trick.
Hats can add a lot to an outfit. If you choose yours carefully, it will complement your wardrobe and show off your cold weather style. Use these options to be a little different and bring something fresh to beanie fashion in 2017.
— Timothy Vest