Best beanies and berets for keeping your head warm this winter
When your parents and teachers told you to wear a hat to prevent losing half your body heat, they were actually onto something.
Now, it was definitely an inflated percentage, but studies like this one from 2008 show the likely number is closer to 10%. That's enough for us, though, and thus we went searching for great winter hats to get you through this current cold snap.
We focused on beanies to keep things functional, but threw in a couple of beret options thanks to their warmth, style, and overall timless appeal when it comes to winter wardrobes. Keep reading to see which topper you'll want to tuck on the next time you're faced with freezing temperatures.
We had to kick things off with the original top performer in the beanie category: the Carhartt. Choose from a variety of colors to best coordinate with your winter clothes and grab one or two (or more) to keep your head toasty for many cold seasons to come.
Made of extra-fine merino wool, this hat lives up to its Madewell tag by holding in warmth, looking great, and feeling extra soft on your head. It runs slightly small according to some reviews, so it's perfect for more petite folks who have an otherwise tough time of finding a snug fit.
It's cute, trendy, and it's built to stop just above the ears – a blessing for headphone wearers. Buy if you're trying to look great in chilly weather but don't need the full snow gear for a subzero day.
Blame it on Parisians if you will, but everyone looks just a little more chic in a beret. Try this improved-fit style from ASOS Design to step up your style game for under $20. It goes with everything!
On the other hand, if you're ready for something a bit more tough-looking, try this top-selling faux leather beret. It comes in red and black, fits well, and lends just the right amount of edge to any outfit.
Add a furry pompom to your next beanie for extra warmth and cuteness with this Paul James Knitwear luxury bobble hat. Switch out the fuzzy topper to maximize your style by coordinating with your favorite coats and sweaters.
For braving the toughest winters, you'll need the full-on protection of North Face construction and earflaps for protecting your delicate lobes. Enjoy the girly look of this pink beanie, or choose the black or gray options to keep things more gender neutral.