First and foremost, winter hats provide ample insulation. As the temperature drops, it’s important to conserve heat where you can. Cashmere and wool hats (bonus points if they’re ribbed) trap air around your head, giving you an extra layer of warmth up top. A lot of new designs, such as Prada’s Re-Nylon Bucket Hat and Snow Peak’s shell and faux-fur silhouette, also feature waterproof fibers, ensuring that you’re protected from unexpected showers, too. We love a two-in-one combo.
Winter hats also mean more to accessorize with when curating outfits. If you are bored of your basic black wool coat, adding a vibrant accessory (see Gucci’s Horsebit-Detail Wide-Brim Hat) will bring a touch of character to your outfit. You can even take into spring by opting for a pop of color that coincides with the season. While wool toppers may ruin your hair, there are days where you’d like to hide your undone coiffure from the world, giving these denser knits a moment to shine. On your next weekend coffee run, don The North Face’s Ski Tuke Pom Beanie and let it do all the work for you.
If we haven’t sold you just yet, we’re sure our editor-approved selection will. Below, find the best winter hats for men so you can make this season truly your own.