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Style Guide: How to Pick the Best Winter Hats for Women
Admit it, ladies. When temperatures drop and the cold weather sets in, that’s when your style quotient heats up with loads of layering and carefully curated accessories. Just like a cozy scarf, cashmere sweater, and statement coat are winter wardrobe essentials, a fabulous winter hat is a must.
Fortunately, there are plenty of fashionable options for any situation or setting. Find out what to look for in a winter hat, plus shop the hottest looks so that even when the weather is drab, you’ll always look fab.
Winter Hat Tips
Choosing the best winter hat is more than just finding one that fits. Follow these few easy steps to successfully pull off your winter headwear.
Find Fabric With Flair
You deserve some credit for dealing with such harsh weather. Look for hats in luxe fabrics such as cashmere or fine merino wool. Pay attention to mixed textures such as sheepskin or faux fur lining for added glamour and warmth.
Play With Proportion
When it comes to picking a winter hat, don’t be afraid to try something new on for size. But that doesn’t mean wearing the wrong size — consult our hat sizing guide to make sure you have the perfect fit. If you usually wear a close-fitting cuff beanie covering your ears, try a slouchy beanie worn above your ears. Or if you tend to favor short-brim hats, give a wide-brim topper a chance. Remember, it’s just a hat, not a tattoo.
Get Creative With Color
If you typically opt for basic black or other neutral tones, consider pushing your palette to try new things. Perhaps wear a bright orange pom-pom hat to add a pop of color to an otherwise monochromatic look.
Womens Winter Hat Styles
The weather outside is frightful, but these stylish winter hats are so delightful. Shop these top picks then peruse our wide selection of womens wool hats.
Probably the most popular winter hat style that comes in virtually every shape, color, and fabric, a beanie is an absolute must in every woman’s winter hat wardrobe. Universally flattering for petite to large frames and versatile enough for multiple occasions, beanies can be as serious or playful as you want.
For a fun take on this warm hat must-have, try a ribbed pom-pom beanie with your favorite cowl neck sweater. For a touch of luxury, treat yourself to warm beanie in cashmere or merino wool. Or try a chunky knit beanie to take advantage of the excellent insulation it provides.
Much like beanies, berets are soft, brimless hats that are flattering on all women. Often made of wool, crocheted cotton, or acrylic, berets make a good winter hat for the most part. However, unlike beanies, they don’t cover the ears. That’s why it’s a good idea to compensate with a chunky knit scarf or faux fur collar to keep yourself warm.
There really is no wrong way to wear this iconic French chapeau, so try different angles — tilt it to one side, center it on your head, or experiment wearing it backwards. Finish off a stretch cable-knit sweater, plaid skirt, tweed coat, and black leggings for a fun day-to-night look that will work at the office or out with friends. Our recommendation: Pittsburgh by Scala. This true basque beret is made in France, making it as “authentique” as they come.
For winter weather accessorizing, you can’t go wrong with a classic wool felt fedora. (If you’ve heard otherwise, that’s all the fault of the trilby hat. Take a look at our guide detailing the difference between a fedora vs. trilby and you’ll know what’s up.) With its soft brim, center crease, and signature pinches on each side, a fedora will instantly zhoosh up any outfit.
Combine a floppy fedora with a pair of leggings, oversized sweater, and cozy winter boots for a stylish daytime look. Or pair a wide-brim fedora with a plush coat, dress, and knee-high boots for a glammed up night on the town.
There’s nothing like an aviator hat to say winter has arrived. Also known as a trapper hat or an ushanka (“ear flap hat” in Russian), an aviator hat is noted for its two ear flaps that can either be left hanging or folded back and tied up.
Although these cold-weather hats are often made from real animal fur, like the Whistler by Stetson, there’s no reason not to go cruelty-free with a faux fur version, like the Florent by Scala, that will keep you just as warm and toasty.
Sure, an aviator hat can be an acquired taste (especially when worn with the ear flaps down), but they are phenomenal head warmers. Tie back the ear flaps for a more streamlined look and pair it with a faux mink jacket, ribbed turtleneck, and dark-wash denim.
Surprised to see a baseball hat make the list? Yeah, thought you might be. But wearing this ultra-casual classic can actually be quite chic if you choose the right fabric, color, and style.
Whether it’s a snapback, strapback, or fitted ball cap, look for cold-weather fabrications such as cashmere, wool blends, or crushed velvet to keep your head warm. Consider rich jewel tones — wine, emerald, indigo, aubergine — to give your entire ensemble a sense of laidback luxe. Or simply wear your ball cap with a puffer jacket from Patagonia or The North Face for a fuss-free day in the snow.
When fighting the cold weather without sacrificing your fashion sense is a must, a winter hat is just what you need. With so many options ranging from anything-but-basic beanies to fabulous fedoras and other winter-approved headwear, the key is knowing what best suits the situation and your personality.
Whatever you decide, womens winter hats have plenty to offer when it comes to style and substance. Be sure to shop our full selection of womens wool hats and felt hats and you’ll be ready to fight the chill in style.
Winter Hat Guide for Women
Once upon a time, a woman was not considered “dressed” unless she wore a hat.
Today, hats have largely fallen out of fashion – except when then the weather calls for it. When temperatures dip and you need to bundle up, a hat becomes a necessity. While you can go hatless – as many people do – you’ll be more comfortable and last longer outside if you’re covered from head to foot.
So what kind of hat should you wear?
It depends on what you’re doing.
Like clothing, hats are considered formal or informal depending on what they’re made of, which then dictates what type of coat they should be worn with. If you live in a cold climate and have several types of coats, it makes sense to have several types of hats with which to pair them.
Here’s what you need to think about when trying to decide what hat goes with which coat:
Crowned hats like fedoras and wide brimmed hats are considered more formal than soft top hats like berets and stocking caps.
Hats made of thin, stiff, felt are considered more formal than those made of soft materials like knitted wool, acrylic, or fur.
Hats that cover the ears are considered less formal than those that leave the ears bare.
Felt hats with accents like flowers and bows are inappropriate for work but perfectly acceptable for social gatherings like weddings and parties. Soft, knitted hats with accents like pom-poms and fringe are considered casual and inappropriate for use with most business attire.
In addition to construction, you also need to consider…
Bright colors like orange and neon green have “safety” associations because they’re meant to stand out. Hunters and road construction crews wear orange so they can be easily seen, and extreme winter sports enthusiasts wear neon colors like yellow, green, and blue so they’re easier to find in the snow by search and rescue crews if they happen to get lost. So unless you’re hunting or participating in extreme sports, avoid neon hat colors.
Dark and earth tones like black, gray, brown, etc., are considered more formal and are most appropriate for work. They can also be worn after hours.
Non-neon colors like red, blue, and purple can be worn to work, depending on what they’re paired with, but the emphasis should always be on function instead of fashion in the workplace. You have much more leeway after hours.
With these guidelines in mind, let’s look a some popular women’s hat styles.
Winter Hat Styles
While trendy winter hats come and go, these classic styles have remained popular for decades and will likely continue to be so for years to come:
Wool felt wide brim hats have a flat crown and wide brim. They can keep the winter sun out of your eyes and the snow off your face. Just be sure to shake off the snow once you reach your destination so the hat can dry quicker and hopefully not lose its shape.
Pork pie hats have a narrow brim and a flat or slightly domed crown with a crease running around the inside top edge. Introduced in the 1830s, pork pie hats usually featured feathers or other ornamentation. Today, a ribbon or band is standard.
Fedoras have a medium brim and indented crown, which is typically creased lengthwise and “pinched” near the front. Introduced in the 1890s, this style has been popular with both men and women ever since.
Like the fedora, a trilby is typically creased lengthwise and “pinched” near the front. But it has a shorter brim than the fedora, and the back brim is typically curled up. The trilby was also introduced in the 1890s and has gone in and out of style with men and women ever since.
Pronounced klosh – the French word for bell – this style has a rounded crown and echoes its namesake by fitting closely to the head and flaring slightly with the brim. Made popular in the 1920s, cloches typically cover the ears and sit low on the forehead, just above the eyes.
A flat, rounded cap with a small, stiff brim, the newsboy first became popular in the 1890s. Though traditionally a male hat, women have been wearing them for decades.
A flat, brimless cap with a close-fitting headband and often, a tab at the center, the beret can be shaped in a variety of ways. It originated with French farmers in the 18th century, but is now part of many military uniforms world-wide. Berets are popular with both men and women.
Knitted in a round, symmetrical shape, beanie cap styles vary from either fitting snugly against the scalp or being loose and piled atop the head. Either way, it’s designed to be pulled down over the ears to keep them warm.
Matching Winter Hats With Winter Coats
As with other accessories, winter hats should reflect the formality level and mood of the clothing and coat with which they’re worn.
So if your clothing and coat are very casual and are geared for warmth or winter sports, a beanie cap or ski mask would be appropriate. So would insulated mittens or gloves.
The next level up might be a toggle coat or pea coat, which might call for a beret, newsboy, or cloche. These would be appropriate for weekend or after hours, or if you work in a casual environment. Pair them with knit or leather gloves.
The most formal hats are fedoras, pork pies, and wide brimmed felt hats, which you would then pair with more formal coats like trench coats and overcoats. These are appropriate if you work in a formal environment, or if you’re attending a formal event. Wear with leather gloves.
So why is it important to match the formality level?
It’s all about looking schooled and pulled together. If you look as good during your commute as you do once you get to the office, it makes you look like you’ve put some thought into your outerwear wardrobe – which you have. It lends a sense of authority.
As opposed to grabbing whatever you happen to have on hand on that first cold, snowy day and just heading out the door looking rushed and unprepared. You don’t want that.
Often, women try to make one coat and one hat work for all situations, whether they’re shoveling snow, going to work, or attending a dressy evening event. Frankly, that’s difficult. Unless you live in a part of the world that rarely sees cold weather – like the tropics or subtropics – it’s smart to build an outerwear wardrobe that caters to a variety of activities. That way, you look good whatever you’re doing.
So take some time and try on some hats and flush out your winter hat and coat wardrobe. Your goal is to have enough options so that you can stay warm and look good regardless of what Mother Nature throws your way.
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