Let’s face it – every man should own at least one winter beanie. They’re stylish, fun, contemporary and will add a youthful top note to any casual look. And it seems they are fast becoming a staple of winter collections, with beanies being released by everyone from Vivienne Westwood to Diesel and J by Jasper Conran. No longer the property of bohemians and hipsters, the beanie is fast becoming a mainstream men’s fashion accessory.
This year I’d recommend buying the Ridge Beanie from AllSaints. Crafted from luxury alpaca blend with a soft hand feel, the material is made from 65% lambswool, 14% angora, 14% cotton, 7% nylon and features a ‘waffle’ texture stitch that will add a tactile element to even the simplest of jeans and t-shirt combinations. It is the perfect piece of headgear to keep you warm on top this winter.
Matt Allinson recommended a knitted hat in his article on 5 easy ways to update your AW12 style, which just goes to show how something so simple can revitalise your casual, or smart-casual, wardrobe.
Naturally, the beanie looks best when topping off an upmarket, casual and contemporary look. AllSaints suggests the Bloomsbury Denim Jacket, Bukowski Slim Fit Shirt and Toxic Pipe Jeans as good compliments. However, the beanie is a versatile accessory, and can be made to work within a variety of outfits – as proven in the latest AllSaints AW12 Lookbook, where beanies have been paired with everything from shirts and knitwear to blazers and polo necks.
The AllSaints Ridge Beanie comes in oxblood and charcoal colours. It is available to order from the AllSaints website now, priced at £40.