Winter is the perfect time to get away with wearing a hat – being as it is actually cold here in the UK and sometimes necessary in order to stop your head from freezing! I have personally never been into wearing hats with regularity as I do not think they look right on me – probably something to do with my peanut head :). Although I am very fond of the over sized beanie right now.
A lot of males love to wear them though (see main picture) and I can see why; they really set an outfit off well and become a great focal point to the whole ensemble. You can really take an outfit up a notch and kill a look with the right hat which reinforces the whole vibe you are going for. For geek chic you can rock the geek beanie or bobble hat, for the rocker look you can go for a destroyed trilby and for the modern gentle man you can rock the flat cap or baker boy style. There are so many varieties available now in terms of men’s fashion hats, so try experimenting with your outfits and adding key accessories this season.
The key to wearing any hat well is like anything else in fashion… fit. The hat should not take over your head and swamp it, and it should not cut the circulation off to your forehead either! Some looks rely on skinny or small varieties – like rocker trilby’s – but they should still “fit” and not look like you are trying to balance it on your head… that comes off really awkward.
Take a look below of some of the latest collections you can get your hands on this Autumn/Winter.
The beanie is pretty much a style staple. Great for a casual look, they are comfortable and can look great when matched with the right items. For those bad hair days they are a lifesaver and there are so many varieties now. You can get peaked versions, over sized, geeky skinny varieties and cable knits etc. Most are quite low cost and they will fit most head types due to the fact they stretch and “mould” to your head – no matter what size it is!
There are SO many styles of beanie on the market so you might want to take a browse around to find your preference. I have put a variety of colours and shapes below so you can see which type would be your personal favourite:
Trappers and Bobble Hats
Both of these have really gathered steam over the last couple of years, and especially for this season. The Bobble hat is a modified form of beanie and something that we probably all were made to wear as kids by our Mum and Dad. They are a bit retro and also give off that geeky vibe which is perfect for this season’s geek chic look. Trappers are a manly hat associated with lumberjacks and forest workers. They will definitely keep you warm all the way through the winter and also really pushes the worker wear trend to a new level. Pair with a bold check/plaid shirt and boots and your good to go!
Topman are leading the way this year with some outrageous designs and patterned versions:
Trilby’s, Fedoras, Flatcaps and Baker Boy
Now here we come to the good stuff. All these hats have flair and will definitely be a focal point to an outfit. You have to wear these with confidence, because they are not something that everybody you know wears. They can really smarten up or push an outfit to the next level if you match your other items to them. Trilbys are perfect for a rocker look, and pairing with graphic tees, destroyed knitwear and the like. Fedora’s and flat caps are perfect for the modern gentleman look to really add some flair to an outfit. The baker boy hat is perfect for this season’s worker wear trend because they were always associated with manual workers, social clubs and street workers back in the early 1900′s.
You need to experiment and see which hat works best for your own head shape, as well at matches your overall look. I have featured a baker boy cap in my latest look book, as well as fedora’s, flat caps and trilby’s in my previous articles.
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