Winter Blues? You Get To Choose..
It’s that time of year again and you’re already noticing a brisk chill in the morning air. Temperatures are dropping and the nights are getting decidedly cooler. Hang on to your hats, ladies; winter is coming. And speaking of hats, you’ll want something that keeps you warm yet stylish enough to complement your best knitted layers and winter coat. There’s been many an urban myth debunked about the exact percentage of body heat we lose through our heads in cold weather, but regardless, we can probably all agree that it’s still better to wear a hat than not when it comes to helping keep the winter chills at bay.
Although cold weather isn’t exactly head-friendly, your inner fashion sense needn’t be put on hold just because you’re all rugged up in your woolly layers and bulky coat. The appropriate headwear will not only protect your head on cold days, but choosing the right hat is also a great way to add a little sprinkling of extra charm to your winter wardrobe. So, what are some of the best winter hats for women out there?
In this article, we’ll be looking at some of our favourites including stylish felt fedoras, the classic wide-brim, fashionably retro cloche hats, bucket hats, and of course, the ever-faithful beanie.
No need to assume that the summer months have exclusive rights on the bucket hat. Yes, they’re universally loved for being the ultimate slip-on/slip-off hat during the warmer months, but for all the same reasons that make them so popular in summer, the same benefits can apply equally well in winter. Put simply, they’re just so easy to wear. And when you substitute the lightweight cottons and linens of the summer bucket hat for pure wool, the winter transformation is instant.
Because bucket hats fit so snugly, the effect of wearing one made from pure wool only adds to the sense of warmness you immediately feel when you put one on. Also, the fact they’re so versatile when it comes to being more travel-friendly than most is another convenient feature. Pure wool winter bucket hats are chic, compact, and work wonderfully well with smart winter jackets and thick, woolly jumpers. A firm favourite for keeping up winter appearances while keeping your head nice and warm.
Fashion trends can always play their part when deciding on a new winter hat but the traditional classics never fall out of favour. The cloche hat originally became popular in the 1920’s where the simplicity of its shape was in part fashioned to suit the all-new short bob hair styles of the time. With its bell-shape, deep crown and minimalist brim, the cloche hat allowed for a close-fitting style which could be worn almost down to the eyes. The earliest cloche hats were made from wool felt, and although these early versions featured only modest adornments, the popularity of this soon-to-be fashion icon grew so rapidly that it became the quintessential hat to be seen in.
Aside from the various embellishments over the years to match the fashions of the day, the cloche hat hasn’t changed much over the decades. Similar to the bucket hat in terms of snugness of fit, a good quality felt cloche hat will not only keep your head warm, but it will add that certain touch of class when it comes to the winter fashion stakes.
Although we may tend to think of wide brim hats as being typical summer accessories, there’s no reason to assume that they can’t make welcome additions to our winter wardrobes too. So, as we prepare for the colder months ahead and begin to focus our attention on winter coats, woolly jumpers, scarves, and gloves, let’s not forget it can be those all-important accessories that often take our winter outfits to the next level. And a good quality wide brim felt will offer that extra touch of style when matched with your favourite winter coat and scarf. If you’re searching for a winter hat that keeps you protected from the elements but elevates your winter appearance at the same time; look no further than a classic wide brim felt hat.
Fedoras have been one of the most popular hat styles worn from as far back as the 1920’s. Its classic appeal still remains consistent with the ever-changing fashion trends of the day, and, of course, they are always a popular choice for winter. Long before they became popular for men, fedoras originally became a common fashion accessory for women from as early as the 1880’s. Fedora Hats can come in different shapes and sizes and can also be made different materials but the classic fedora is typically associated with being made from pure wool felt. These days, the fedora has evolved into something of a universal hat for all seasons, and, with a good quality felt fedora made from pure Australian wool, it’s a sure-fire way to stay fashionably warm this winter.
And finally, what winter hat checklist would not be complete without mention of the trusty old beanie? An absolute staple for the colder months, beanies are the ultimate in snug comfiness. They make us feel cozy, they’re affordable, but best of all, they keep us warm! In terms of which styles are trending, it’s a question that never needs to be asked when it comes to this enduring favourite. It’s early in the morning, it’s dark, it’s cold, you’re against the clock. When we simply don’t have time to plan our wardrobe, there’s really only ever one go-to. Sure, we all have our favourite winter coats, jumpers, and boots, but it’s perhaps the humble beanie that often remains the unsung hero of our winter wardrobe. Beanies are generally easy to match with whatever we’re wearing, easy to tuck away into our bags when we take them off, and they’re always on hand when we need them. Where would we be without our trusted friend, the beanie?
If you're looking to revamp your winter accessory collection, there are plenty of fashionable hats to choose from at Hat World Australia. So, in the true essence of keeping warm while still looking cool, we hope this article has provided you with some inspirational ideas to help you find the right hat style this winter.
WRITTEN BY SHAUN CHARNLEY