Beanies are basically the only vaguely acceptable option, and let’s face it, they’re hardly held in high regard by followers of fashion. You can’t really blame them either. After all, any time these woollen warmers have strayed into the public fashion consciousness for longer than five minutes there have been terrible, terrible consequences.
For example, David Beckham and his legions of style disciples spent the best part of the noughties proudly rocking a look that said, “I’ve got a turd in my hat”; and during the first coming of Craig David, the R’n’B/Garage crossover crooner exemplified perfectly why condoms should always be rubber and worn on your penis, as opposed to woollen and worn on your head.
However, as is the case with so many things in the world of style, it’s not just a matter of what you wear, it’s also about how you wear it. And with that reasoning very much in mind, we’d like to take to the stand in defence of one of winter’s most misunderstood accessories.
”A beanie is a great staple of your winter wardrobe,” says Sarah Gilfillan, stylist and founder of SartoriaLab, a London-based men’s personal styling service. “But before you head out to buy one remember that small details can make the difference as to whether or not the style suits you.
If you’re round or square of face, avoid designs that will make you look like Harry from Home Alone. “Choose a beanie without a turn back cuff, with ribbing and a looser style that can add a bit of height to your face,” suggests Gilfillan. “Also, wear it slightly back off your face rather than pulling it down over your ears.”
A bobble hat is another good option for this, but steer clear of anything too… out there. You don’t want to look like Kevin, either.
If you have a longer face, a beanie can work nicely. “Opt for a turn back cuff, which could even be in a contrasting colour or have stripe detailing,” says Gilfillan. “Wear a tighter fitting style that sits snugly on your head to avoid adding any more height.”
When we think of the Wild West, we conjure up images of My Darling Clementine, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Outlaw Josey Wales. And with so many great Westerns to love, it’s no wonder the fashion world has such a sweet spot for the days of dueling showdowns.
Thanks to runway collections like Moschino and Kinder Aggugini, frontier chic is back with a bang, and with it, the cowboy hat. In fresh, bold colors and modern shapes, the updated styles of the cowboy hat might just take you to new frontiers, next season.
Doesn’t this photo give off the impression that you would not be surprised in the slightest if Kate Middleton started talking in a Southern accent? While I’m sure the Duchess doesn’t normally don a cowboy hat, they certainly suit her. Arguably one of the most recognizable hat forms, cowboy hats may have originally been designed to keep the sun out of American cowboys’ eyes while they worked on farms, but they can easily be accompanied with bohemian, natural styles.