Winter Hats: Cool Styles, Cold Temps

Let’s face it – dressing for cold weather leaves little room for looking fashionable. But, when mother nature lays the smack down on us, we have no choice but to bundle up and hunker down. Luckily, there are plenty of fun options for men in the winter hat department.

First up is a safe bet for any male who wants to stay warm but is concerned about looking cool – the knit fisherman’s hat. Jack Spade offers a solid example of this timeless classic, though thriftier models can likely be found elsewhere for the wallet-conscious (this one rings up at $75 and comes in four colors).

For the slightly more daring male, the ear flap and pom pom styles are adorable, too. No really, they are – girls generally tolerate such displays of cozy individuality, I promise. It takes a certain type of man to pull it off, but it can be done. Gant has pretty much perfected the idea of Eskimo chic with these fun and quirky styles, which run the gamut from $33 to the slightly unreasonable $101.

If you’re just looking to keep warm but aren’t into knits, driving caps are a handsome option. You can opt for this $40 J.Crew style, or else raid your grandfather’s closet – he probably owned one at some point.

Whatever you do, for the love of God please stop wearing the worst cold weather accessory: the dreaded behind-the-head earmuffs, otherwise known as 180s. I know corporate types will argue that they’re functional and don’t disrupt your ‘do, but believe me – they’re fleece-covered girl repellent.

Finally, though it’s a digression from our topic, I’m always on the lookout for noteworthy items and this one is deserving of mention. Don’t let your head have all of the fun this winter. If you’re looking for a fun option to warm your paws (and you’re particularly sarcastic), feast your eyes on the funniest mittens I’ve seen in ages. Not exactly manly, but you wouldn’t have any trouble getting women to talk to you while wearing them, they’re a conversation piece.  DAPPER WINGMAN


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