Back in 2002, Avril Lavigne said “later boy” to all of those skater boys. The popstar may have spoken too soon! Skater style is still alive and well, and no clothing item has stood the test of time more than beanies.
You don’t have to be a skater to rock a cool beanie! These winter hats are great for everyone, even if you wear it in the summer. Here are some ways to style your beanie and keep it from slipping off your head!
What is a Beanie?
A beanie is a knit hat that is typically worn in cold weather. Made from soft materials like acrylic, cotton, or wool, these fitted caps are meant to sit snuggly over your ears.
What is the Purpose of a Beanie?
Ultimately, the main point of a beanie is keeping you warm when it’s cold. It works the same way as a blanket, trapping your body heat to create a kind of “microclimate” around your head.
Grandma always told you to wear a hat in the winter for a reason! According to health magazine EHS Today, your ears get cold faster since they have no protective fat tissue. You risk infection, pain, water in the ears, or in the worst cases, frostbite if you don’t wear a winter hat on a cold day.
What Are the Different Types of Beanies?
No matter what your style, you’ll find a beanie that works for you. These cozy hats come in a variety of colors and styles, so it’s easy to find one that looks good on your head!
Beanies come in many different styles:
Do you want a simple look? Wear a fitted beanie! These caps do not fold at the bottom, but instead pull right over your ears. You can get a fitted beanie in any color, and some even have embellishments like stripes, flowers, bows, or rhinestones.
Pom Pom Beanies
Cheerleaders use poms to lift everyone’s spirits. A pom pom (bubble) beanie can also put pep in your step, especially on a chilly day when you’d rather stay in bed! This style is very trendy and available in fits for men, women, and children.
Dude, you’re going to look so laidback in a slouchy beanie! As the name suggests, these hats droop down in the back. They may not be the warmest beanies on this list, but they do have a casual, cool look that’s hard to resist.
You don’t need to know how to crochet to wear a knit beanie! This style is very common and is characterized by its knots and stitched pattern. Because of its homemade look, a knit beanie is a great holiday gift for friends and family.
An earflap beanie has long strings, which rest a little past your shoulders. You’ll also appreciate that earflap beanies cover both your ears from top to bottom without you having to make adjustments.
Go for a rugged look by wearing a fisherman beanie. These caps, which are made from a thick, chunky knit material, fit snuggly over the ears. You’ll feel like a tough captain ready to go on the hunt for Jaws!
High Top Beanies
A high top beanie has a stretched look on top, almost like someone pinched it with their fingers and gave it a yank. This type of hat is definitely more style than function, so save it for the spring and summer!
Brr…it’s freezing outside! Warm up by wearing a fleece beanie. The inside is lined in warm fleece, trapping in heat and keeping you nice and toasty. This winter hat may cause a bad hair day, but it’s worth it to feel snug as a bug!
Where did you go? You’ll be incognito by wearing a camouflage beanie. These camo hats are great for hiking or hunting, but they can also be worn by anyone that likes the military look.
It may be cold, but that doesn’t mean the sun isn’t shining. Cut down on glare by wearing a visor beanie. These hats are similar to baseball caps, only they’re made from a thicker material and cover both your ears.
Are you a runner? Put in the miles on a cold day with an LED beanie. Drivers will be able to see you when it’s dark, which happens earlier in the winter. Just click the LED light on the front, and you’ll shine bright.
Whether you take walks early in the morning or ride your bike late at night, it’s not a bad idea to wear a reflective beanie. These hats are highly visible and typically come in safety green, yellow, or orange.
Brand Name Beanies
Carhartt, North Face, and Puma are just a few brands that sell branded beanies. These hats aren’t any different than generic hats, but they do have the company logo front and center!
Those with long hair will appreciate the genius of ponytail beanies. You can keep your ears warm while still being able to put up your hair. Rock this beanie with your most stylish outfits!
Show your love for a team, movie, college, or fast food restaurant! It’s as easy as wearing custom beanies from your favorite brands. A graphic is printed on front of the hat using screen or digital printing.
Dogs are furry so they naturally keep warm without a hat, scarf, gloves, or jacket. However, you can’t deny how cute they look in a beanie! Be sure to take plenty of pictures of your pooch in their cozy winter hat.
You can find most beanies in youth sizes, from newborns all the way to preteens. Kids will be glad for the extra warmth, especially on snow days!
Why Do Beanies Have Pom Poms?
Pompom hats have been worn throughout history! Vikings, European soldiers, Roman Clergymen, and U.S. sailors all wore headwear that had a tiny poof ball on top.
In America, pompoms on hats really became popular after the Great Depression. Sailors would wear tiny, red, fuzzy balls on top of their hats so they wouldn’t bump their heads in tight spaces onboard ships.
Now everyone looks good in a pom pom beanie – no sea voyage required! The style has evolved to keep up with modern fashion trends.
What is the Best Way to Wear a Beanie?
The best way to wear a beanie is with other warm clothing like sweaters, hoodies, and jackets. Pull the beanie over your head so it fully covers your ears.
You can also wear a beanie for style rather than function. Here are tips for rocking that hat any time of the year!
How to wear a beanie in the summer:
In the summer, you should wear a beanie made from a lightweight material like linen, cotton, nylon, or silk. Pair the hat with loose clothing like shorts and tank tops, so you don’t sweat like crazy!
How to wear a beanie with short hair:
Men or women with short hair should wear a beanie that isn’t too large. Chunky knits end up swallowing your whole head, so go instead for cuffed, fishermen, or slouchy beanies. These hats look the most flattering with your hairstyle.
How to wear a beanie with long hair:
It’s best to wear your long hair loose when you wear a beanie. Hair ties or scrunchies end up creating a bump under the hat, and ultimately don’t feel very comfortable. You can wear a ponytail beanie if you really want your hair up, or try to braid it instead so the hair tie is at the bottom.
How to wear a beanie with curly hair:
If you have curly hair, it can be tough to keep a beanie on your head. Work with your volume by wearing a loose-fitting beanie that’s maybe a bit on the large size. If that doesn’t work, a few braids or a scarf underneath the hat are also good options.
How to wear a beanie if you have bangs:
Pull your beanie toward the back of your head and move your bangs so they’re on your forehead. Pin the hat so it stays in place with a few bobby pins.
How to wear a beanie with glasses:
Since beanies sit low on your forehead, it can be tough to wear them with glasses or sunglasses. Fix this annoyance by either wearing smaller frames, or choosing a beanie that sits back further on your head.
How to Style a Beanie
You can style a beanie with any outfit, whether it’s casual streetwear or even the formal clothes you wear to the office. Follow these tips so you look appropriately dressed in any setting.
Go for a classic look by wearing a fitted beanie in one solid color. Both cuffed and uncuffed hats are casual and look good with any outfit.
Knit beanies are great for fashionistas since they are usually more cute and stylish. You’ll look like a snow bunny by wearing one in the winter with a puffy jacket or vest.
Are you a business traveler? Look professional even in cold weather by wearing a beanie in a neutral color like navy, black, gray, or brown. Make sure there is no pom pom on top.
Whether you’re hiking a trail or climbing a mountain, you’ll keep warm if you wear a fleece or wool beanie. These are the best hats for cold days in the great outdoors.
A workwear beanie is meant to look tough and rugged. These hats are best in reflective colors like yellow, orange, or neon green.
Patterns are a fun way to spice up a beanie. Pair your hat with a plain, simple outfit.
Slouchy, fisherman, or high top beanies are all very hipster. Wear these hats with tortoiseshell glasses and high-waisted jeans.
How to Avoid Hat Hair While Wearing a Beanie
Nobody wants a bad hair day! Avoid static and frizz from your beanie by making sure your hair is totally dry. You can also try hairspray, dry shampoo, or an anti-frizz serum, all of which are available at stores like Target or Walmart.
How Do You Get a Beanie to Stay on Your Head?
Does your beanie keep slipping? Keep it on your head by doing any of the following:
Shrink the Hat
Try putting your beanie in the dryer for 30 minutes on a medium setting. The hat may shrink, making it tighter and more likely to stay on your head.
Use Bobby Pins
Bobby pins work like magic when it comes to keeping your beanie in place! Place 4 or 5 pins close to your scalp in the back, and hook them underneath the beanie.
Wear an Ear Band Underneath
A fleece ear band will keep you warm and help your beanie stay in place. Try to match the headband and beanie so the colors don’t clash.
Create a Cuff at the Bottom
If the beanie is long enough, you can fold the bottom over to create a cuff. This tightens up the hat so it stays firmly on your head.
Try a Hair Comb
Secure a hair comb on the inside of your beanie using a hot glue gun or piece of string. Now place the comb through your hair at the back of your scalp.
Is Wearing a Beanie Bad for Your Hair?
Don’t worry. You won’t suffer from hair loss if you like to wear a beanie. According to Cleveland Clinic, the only cause for concern is damage to already weak hair follicles. These strands may fall out gradually over time due to the lack of blood flow from wearing tight hats.
With all that in mind, it’s not a bad idea to let your head breathe every once in a while. You’re not known for wearing a beanie like Waldo in the “Where’s Waldo” books or Meg Griffin from Family Guy. Remove your hat when it’s not necessary to wear one!
How to Store Your Beanies
Let’s say you got carried away and bought a few too many new beanies. Don’t worry! It’s easy to store your hats until you’re ready to wear them.
Here are some ideas!
Fold in a Drawer
Do you have room in your dresser? Fold the beanies inside, lining them up against each other. You can easily pull out a hat when you need one.
Throw in a Storage Bin
Never underestimate storage bins, boxes, or baskets! You can keep your beanies inside and either leave the bins out as décor, or tuck them away in a closet or under the bed.
Hide in the Closet
Secure clips to the end of a hanger and then use them to hold your beanies. You can use any type of clip you have on hand even if it’s chip clips from the kitchen!
Roll in a Shoe Organizer
Shoe organizers are great for boots, sneakers, and sandals, but you can also use them to hold your hats. Roll your beanies, secure them with rubber bands, and put them in each dedicated area.
Hang on the Wall
Beanies easily fall from wall hooks and coat racks. Avoid this mishap by hanging up string and then clipping the hats at the top with clothespins.
Why Do We Love Beanies?
It isn’t just hipsters that wear beanies. We love these hats in cold weather since they keep us warm and cover our ears. Plus, the variety of colors, patterns, and prints is hard to resist!
According to Psychology Today, the clothes we wear affect the way we view ourselves. For instance, a person dressed casually in a beanie may feel more laidback and ready to go with the flow.
Our choice in apparel is also a form of self-expression and can make us feel more confident. If you feel better about yourself and happy in a Harry Potter beanie, then it’s definitely money worth spending!
The Bottom Line
You can wear a beanie in the winter, spring, summer, or fall. Buy a few of your favorites. As long as you find a style you love, these hats may be the best part of your outfit!
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