A beanie is not just a beanie. When you're wearing a hat, the stakes can seem high. It's hard to tune out questions like Do I look like I have a freakishly small head?
Or, at the other extreme, Do I look like a Smurf?
So, to help you stay cozy and cool this fall, we handpicked 20 of the very best beanies around.
What makes a good beanie? For starters, a super chunky knit. Siu Yin Chau
's cable-knit is guaranteed to balance out any hair-squashing effects. Tiffany, the NYC-based designer behind the line (and friend of Carol and Humberto!), creates hand-knitted alpaca wool pieces in a range of warm, autumnal colors (my favorite is called "almond baby Suri"!). Rivaling these guys for softness are Wommelsdorff
's cashmere-blend hats. Made in Berlin, each beanie is knitted under the careful supervision of designer Anne Schramm's grandmother. And Nigel Cabourn
's rib-knit hats are just as authentic. Designed in a shed at the bottom of his garden in the North of England, the beanies come in subtle, muted colors and nail that perfect, elongated, beanie shape.
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