When the weather gets cooler, you reach into the depths of the wardrobe to find your best beanie, only to realise it’s been engulfed in mothballs. Time for an upgrade. Since the dawn of time, man has sought out head protection from the chill of winter. From the stone age of cavemen, ’til the digital era of Gen Z’ers, the beanie business has been a winter fashion staple. And this flamboyant headgear has been forged from many fabrics that have advanced throughout time. From brands for white-collar workers, blue-collar workers and urban b-boys, today, beanies are truly a status symbol.
But beware! The cold-weather headwear game is notoriously tricky to take up. And this is the case with many fashion styles worldwide – because it’s not just a matter of what you wear, but also how you wear it. The line-up of styles — cuff to hipster, slouch to high-top and earflap to brimmed — means there’s something that every man can flaunt and that suits every face shape and hairstyle.
So whether you’re fighting cold weather or sprucing up your street style, here are the best beanies for men.
1. Patagonia — Fisherman’s Rolled Beanie
Patagonia doesn’t need an introduction. This leading outdoor brand has dedicated itself to improving the way outdoor gear is manufactured and purveyed. Their beanies are responsibly made: with itch-free and a warm blend of recycled polyester and spandex. But the Fisherman’s Rolled Beanie is something else. It channels classic mariner’s style while maintaining Patagonia’s promise to respect the environment. It comes in five colours and features traditional fisherman’s knit, made from a blend of recycled polyester and spandex with a rolled brim. Definitely the top on this list.
Founder: Yvon Chouinard
Headquarters: Ventura, California
Price: USD $29
2. Away Without Leave — Fisherman Beanie
Away With Leave (AWOL) is an LA-based brand that employs organic cotton to a plenitude of its apparel. The AWOL team have crafted their unique taste of style from organic cotton that’s provides wearers with extra softness. Their Fisherman Beanie comes in orange, olive and black and is stylish, warm, and sustainable fit for causal and work occasions. The Fisherman Beanie has also been certified for ecological and social responsibility; because its entirely knit, cut, sewn, and dyed in Los Angeles.
Headquarters: Los Angeles, Calfornia
Price: USD $45
3. Deso Supply Co. — Still Lucky Standard Cuff Beanie
Deso is a small-batch outdoor apparel brand that retails clothing that’s sustainably crafted. With meticulous attention to detail, their team of DIY-minded talents pride themselves in fashioning apparel that isn’t standard, yet reflects nature and travel. Their beanies not only keep your head warm, but they’re built to last, keeping their shape and good looks and feature an array of technical properties ranging from water resistance, sun protection and antimicrobial elements to block sweat. Their Still Lucky Standard Cuff Beanie comes in three colours and is knitted from super soft and heavy-duty acrylic and won’t stretch out over time.
Founder: Jordan Basile
Headquarters: Lake Tahoe, California
Price: USD $26
4. Melin — The Destination Lambwool + Alpaca Beanie
When on the hunt for proper headwear that’s a fit for adventure, then look no further than Melin. Melin is the go-to brand for folks who seek dependable, thermal headwear. The brand’s dedication to quality starts with its promise to employ only the finest of materials, which also aims to give you absolute performance and comfort. The Destination Beanie comes in black and deep red and is fashioned from a premium mix of lambswool and alpaca, retains heat in the cold and is designed to be worn cuffed or uncuffed — so you can make part of your casual wear.
Founder: Brian McDonell & Cory Roth
Headquarters: Southern California
Price: USD $79
5. M/SF/T — Kept Calm Beanie
If you’re looking for a brand on this list that escapes the rotating door of normality, then Misfit Shapes is the. This subversive surf stemmed clothing brand that allows art, design and individuality to dictate the nature of their surfboard and apparel designs. Put simply, the brand is bound by a leader or manifesto but prides itself by pushing the limits of design. Their Kept Calm Beanie in washed army green is a chunky knit beanie with turn back cuff, topped off with a woven label at the centre front. It’s a simple and casual piece for those seeking a conventional look this winter.
Founder: Chris Chong
Headquarters: Mona Vale, Sydney
Price: AUD $39.95
6. Carhartt — Acrylic Watch Hat
Since 1889, Carhartt has forged apparel to serve and protect hardworking people. The brand is renowned for its top quality, extremely durable jackets, coats, overalls, shirts, jeans and hunting clothing that’s fit to last. Additionally, the brand constantly ensures ethical business practices for the benefit of the environment, employees when producing apparel for consumers. Their Acrylic Watch Hat comes in a multitude of 20 colours is 100 per cent acrylic and a piece of stretchable rib-knit fabric. Just know that it’s an unelaborate design that captures the headwear game.
Founder: Hamilton Carhartt
Headquarters: Dearborn, Michigan
Price: AUD $39.95
7. Fjällräven — 1960 Logo Hat
Nowadays, more and more people are sporting Fjällräven Down Under. Hailing from the small town in Sweden, where mountains, forest and sea meet, Fjällräven was born. It’s an outdoor clothing and equipment label that’s committed to ensuring ethical and environmental consciousness is taken when designing their apparel and imbued into customers. In fact, their detail to simplicity and environmentalism is encapsulated in the 1960 Logo Hat. Boasting four colours, the beanie is a two-layer hat made of warm lambswool that’s robust with a stylish wide folded edge.
Founder: Åke Nordin
Headquarters: Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
Price: AUD $94.95
8. UNIQLO — Rib Beanie
Every knows UNIQLO. But no many know that this fashion label began as the brainchild of a textile merchant in 1949 and has grown to over 1000 stores worldwide. The label has redefined clothing via focusing on top-notch material and reasonable pricing and is a better fit for comfort. The Rib Beanie is a loose-knit fit that’s perfect for every occasion. It has a low-gauge knit has a moderate weight and a sophisticated look that eliminates unnecessary seams for better comfort. The product is comfortable, adjustable and perfect to don during the winter.
Founder: Tadashi Yanai
Headquarters: Yamaguchi, Japan
Price: AUD $9.90
9. Burton — Kactusbunch Beanie
Ever since Jake Burton Carpenter founded Burton Snowboards in 1977, the fashion label, and the sport of snowboarding, have snowballed to a world-class sport and a revered brand that has provided products for the best riders in the world. Burton encompasses everything in the mountains. They’ve charged innovated the way people enjoy the outdoors since day one with their apparel and sports apparatus. Available only in papaya, their Kactusbunch Beanie will surely keep your style and comfort on point with its lightweight and fold-over design. It’s also a tight fight and has a lifetime warranty!
Founder: Jake Burton Carpenter
Headquarters: Burlington, Vermont
10. No News — Mantra Beanie
No News is an uncommon streetwear brand that’s in its infancy and poised at promoting environmental sustainability and responsibility through its apparel. Their clothing is only available on selected sites, such as Surf Stich. Now, back to the beanie. Their Mantra Beanie is available only in dark mint and is made of acrylic. It’s rib-knitted and has the embroidered branding and graphic to the front of a peace that’s subheaded with the words ‘mind quiet’ — perfect for those wanting to flaunt their uniqueness, environmental consciousness and introversion.
Price: AUD $19.99
11. Stüssy — Trademark Waffle Beanie
In the late 1980s, a brand was born from the Southern California surf scene and quickly captured the attention of the fashion world and forever revamped the look and ideal of streetwear. That brand was Stüssy; a fashion label that’s always been committed to producing trendy and quality clothing. Their approach to remixing skating, music and surf culture in their apparel has appealed to youth from all corners of the globe. And the Trademark Waffle Beanie is just another piece from their forward-thinking styles that’s laid back and keeps you in vogue; it’s available in three colours and has waffle textured fabric!
Founder: Shawn Stüssy
Headquarters: Irvine, California
Price: AUD $34.95
12. The Critical Slide Society — Institute Beanie
The Critical Slide Society (TCSS) was founded in 2009 on the Central Coast. Its founders had a simple pipe dream; their brand being a creative label that’s the mish-mash of surf and streetwear culture. TCSS works with artists, designers, filmmakers, photographers and surfers from across the globe who have multi-faceted views on fashion. The result? A sublime portfolio of sensational designs that has catapulted the fashion label to the global market. The TCSS’s Institue Beanie comes in four variegated colours, is fully acrylic, has a snappy folded edge and an undercurrent vibe of bad-boy to it.
Founder: Jim Mitchell & Sam Coombes
Headquarters: Bondi, Sydney
Price: AUD $29.95
How do I style a beanie?
The type of beanie you choose is dependent on your face shape and hair type. And the way you style the beanie is also determined by your fashion flavour. But generally, cuffed beanies are the most worn. The cuff around the edge gives double protection to your ears and forehead.
What brands have good beanies?
Patagonia, Stüssy, The North Face, Supreme, Carhartt, Fjällräven, Huckberry and UNIQLO are the brands that have the best beanies.