Today marked the beginning of my hunt for the best winter hats for women: a cold, October morning which saw me turn my heating on for the very first time since last winter.
If that doesn’t mark the start of knit beanie season, I don’t know what does. I decided: colder climates are not going to catch me out again this year. Instead, I’m going to be prepared, and arm myself with some strong cold weather attire before I *really* need it.
Of course, wardrobe staples like winter boots of supreme quality, hoodies, a warm winter coat, gloves and a scarf will remain. But treating yourself to one of the greatest women’s hats is the easiest way of ensuring your winter ‘fit stands out from the rest of them. While every other person you pass might be donning Arket’s down puffer coat and GANNI’s chunky Chelsea boots (for good reason), a new-in cable knit beanie hat will inject individuality and up your headwear game tenfold. All while keeping you warm.
Any winter hat trends worth knowing ahead of the season? There is – of course – the classic beanie hat: back once again as a style staple for everyone. Whether you choose something ribbed, a bobble hat with a faux fur pom, something slouchy or something simple, there will *absolutely* be a beanie out there to suit you. Minimalist? Opt for neutral or monochrome tones like sand and grey (Acne Studios’ sand beige wool beanie hat is woven from pure wool) – or to inject a welcome pop of joyous vibrancy into an otherwise drab winter, opt for something bright. Case in point: GANNI’s logo-adorned beanie hat which comes in an array of hues from violet to pink. Elsewhere on the high street, this COS pink ribbed beanie hat is a total winner.
Fancy avoid beanies? Faux fur bucket hats will continue to reign supreme in the winter hat arena. Aided by Emily Ratajkowski’s love for them last year, it’s guaranteed that you’ll find a fluffy bucket number or two in the bestseller sections of your favourite accessory store. Make a beeline for pastel hues like lilac and powder blue, and opt for fabrics of consistent quality. Or how about a brightly coloured beret? I’ve got this ASOS DESIGN red wool blend beret on its way to me as we speak.
The moral of the story: not all women’s winter hats are made equal. They vary in shape, knit, texture and style. Some are crafted from cashmere while others and knitted in Merino wool. Some have fur pom poms on the top and some come plain and simple. And we’ve found the best on all fronts.