A beanie, in conjunction with a big, warm coat, is your main line of defense against the biting cold of winter. Scientists may have debunked the long held myth that "40-50-percent of heat escapes from the head," but wearing one certainly won't hurt. They'll keep your ears from crystalizing and crumbling off, your hair from catching falling snowflakes and, your forehead from facing the brunt of a frozen breeze. Any of these versatile options will keep your head warm and your style on point through the cold season.
Colorful Standard's the best way to top off your fit. It's perfectly proportioned, made in Portugal with Italian superfine merino wool for a silky touch and comes in every color you could conceivably want. Oh, and it's just $35.
As per usual, the Drake's take on the beanie is high quality and classic. Made from super soft lambswool, this ribbed beanie is simple enough to pair with any outfit.
This all-acrylic beanie is a staple on the jobsite and in hip neighborhoods thanks to its value, warmth and street cred.
Knit from recycled Italian cashmere, Outerknown's super soft beanie is both fashionable and eco-friendly, an intersection the brand's become nearly synonymous with.
Quince's classic beanie is Grade A Mongolian Cashmere for a fraction of the cost. Transparency is emphasized in every piece from the brand, meaning better quality at an easier to understand price.
Online retailer Huckberry also sells it own beanie emblazoned with a tiny little tree logo. Made in Japan from a blend of materials, these are hard-wearing but also good-looking.
Trust the outdoors professionals at Patagonia to make a beanie capable of withstanding event the coldest weather — at a fair price. Their Fisherman's Beanie comes rolled in almost a dozen colors, each cut from 100-percent recycled polyester.
For those looking to jack some Marvin Gaye style (honestly, who isn't?), try Rototo's made-in-Japan beanie. It's got a lofty knit that'll have you feeling like your head is in the clouds.
Editor’s Note [2/16]: The Heimat Deck Hat is currently out of stock as of this update. As an alternative, we recommend the COS Merino Beanie [also in this guide]. It has similar materials and fit, while coming in at a much lower price point.
Heimat is a German brand with heritage references and a Ralph Lauren flair. The founder did a stint there and translates naval designs into new-age, roll-cuffed beanies.
Editor’s Note [2/16]: The Inis Méain Ribbed Blend Beanie is currently out of stock as of this update. As an alternative, we recommend the Mr P. Ribbed Beanie [also in this guide]. It is made from similar materials and will, similarly, add an elevated feel to your headwear.
Knit from a blend of Donegal merino wool and cashmere on a remote island off the coast of Ireland, Inis Méain's beanies feature tonal flecks, a thick cuff and an ultra-soft feel.
Mr Porter's in-house brand, Mr P., makes excellent seasonal accessories. Their Ribbed Beanie is a great example. Cut from 100-percent wool, it wears tightly around the head and comes in four colors.
Topo Design's classic Watch Cap comes in six colors, each with the classic patch logo on the front. Whether for skiing or playing in the snow or simply walking to work, this one's a solid option.
Naadam serves up a healthy dose of luxury with its ribbed beanie made from pure Mongolian cashmere.
This high-vis orange isn't the only hue Filson's Watch Cap comes in. It's a classic, though. Choose from several others, each with their own retro-tinged text logo.
COS' Merino Beanie capitalizes on the tiny beanie trend by dropping this "short" accessory. The fold, however, can be unfolded.