Men and women have a wide variety of winter hats to choose from when the temperatures drop beyond the basic knit stocking cap. Berets, newsboys, cloches, fedoras, and trappers are just a few of the many styles of winter hats available. Winter hats are generally made of warmer fabrics than those used for summer hats, with some popular materials being corduroy, wool, felt, fleece, and fur.
A beret is a type of soft hat that has a round shape and doesn’t have a brim. Berets come in different fabrics and knits and are held in place by a band that is closely fitted to the head. Winter hats designed in the beret style are often knitted or crocheted with wool or other thick yarns. The beret is a unisex style popular with both men and women who like to dress with some bohemian flair.
Newsboy caps are casual winter hats that sport a small brim and are worn by both genders. Some popular materials used for these winter hats are corduroy, felt, wool plaids and tweeds, and crocheted and knitted yarns. Newsboy caps are also available in prints and a wide assortment of solid color fabrics.
Cloche hats came into vogue during the 1920s and were a common head covering with women who dressed in the flapper style. The cloche hat was named for its shape, and cloche means bell in French. Cloche winter hats are commonly made of soft felt although other fabrics may be used. This style of brimmed lady’s hat is often adorned with ribbon and remains a popular style of headgear today.
The fedora is a winter hat style commonly worn by both men and women. A fedora is commonly made of wool or felt. It has a crown that is creased along its length and a brim that goes completely around the hat. This style of hat experienced a wave of popularity when the Indiana Jones character in the popular movies made in the latter part of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st sported a fedora throughout all of his adventures.
Trappers are some of the warmest winter hats available. Sometimes called aviator hats, trappers have ear flaps that can be worn down to cover the ears or can be flipped up in warmer weather. Fur, leather, and fleece are commonly used to make these warm hats, and some styles are quilted for extra warmth. Trappers are worn by both women and men.