You might say that the perfect winter wardrobe starts from the ground up with a pair of sturdy winter boots, or some cozy winter pants. You could also make the case that the right winter ensemble starts from the top down – with the beanie.
You might be right either way, but let’s focus on what’s really important: Keeping your noggin warm as frigid temperatures roll through town.
The beanie has taken different forms over the years, from the hard-wearing fisherman beanies worn on the high seas to brightly colored caps donned by fashion influencers in cold-weather climates outside fashion runway shows.
I’ll do away with all of that fuss today in this guide to the best beanies for men: These are stylish yet useful winter hats designed to keep you warm, plain and simple.
The best beanies keep you nice and toasty through winter snow and sleet, blizzards and light flurries. Best of all is the fact that plenty of brands – pretty much every single one of your favorite menswear companies – make a stylish beanie these days.
The world is your oyster as you shop for your new favorite hat, whether you’re searching for one to accent a tailored topcoat and dress boots, or else add some flair to a crewneck sweatshirt and blue jeans. These WERD-approved picks for the best men’s beanies will sort out your next winter look in no time.
Huckberry boils its rugged, classic, versatile design ethos down into one low-key, yet stylish, fisherman-style beanie featuring subtle Huckberry branding. This option is affordably priced at just $30 and comes in eye-catching colors to suit every style. Plus, it’s made in Japan from premium fabric.
Sustainability is the name of the game across the board with Patagonia, as evidenced by this beanie made with eco-friendly materials like recycled wool and recycled nylon. The ribbed knit cuff also ensures a secure fit on blustery winter days – all that’s missing is a Patagonia chore coat now.
Get ready to go off-grid with this adventure-minded cap from the outdoor purveyors at Topo Designs. The color is guaranteed to stand out on snowy slopes, while the tight-knit acrylic yarn design delivers maximum warmth in frigid conditions. Best of all is the fact that it retails for under $25.
Made from a blend of upcycled wool, the Watch Cap promises to be the softest and most comfortable beanie you’ll ever slide on your head.
The fit has been upgraded to be roomier and compatible with larger heads and it can be worn both cuffed for close-fitting comfort and uncuffed for a slouchy look.
The hats are fully machine washable and won’t lose their color even with repeated exposure to snow, rain, and sleet.
Every hat is made in the USA using recycled materials.
Ever had to layer up on an especially brisk day with a tough Carhartt canvas work jacket? We’re willing to bet you also topped off that jacket with a Carhartt beanie – if not, here’s your chance to buy an utterly classic, reliable, well-reviewed winter hat. Go with black for a truly timeless, functional touch.
If you’re looking to reach new heights in winter climbing or tackle a few challenging alpine pursuits this winter – and even if you’re not – then The North Face has the gear you need. That goes double for its hard-wearing Salty Dog Beanie, made from warm acrylic with a toasty cotton jersey lining for extra protection.
Top off your expertly crafted winter look (featuring Buck Mason apparel, of course) with a reliable, rugged Buck Mason beanie. Modeled after fisherman beanies and named appropriately, the double-layer design keeps you super-warm.
Search no further for the best men’s beanie to wear while running. Tricky though it might be to find the right one, footwear masters On Running found the perfect fabric to regulate your temperature while keeping you just warm enough on cold-weather runs: Merino, which is lightweight yet dependable.
Is there a way to make a utilitarian piece of headwear luxurious and premium? Yes, and that’s precisely what Aether Apparel has done here. The key is the use of super-soft cashmere, done up in crisp colors like Navy and Black. The end result is a stylish men’s beanie you can wear as the finishing touch with your dressiest winter topcoat.
It goes without saying that Filson makes some of the most dependable cold-weather gear on the planet, from outerwear to base layers and yes, accessories like this rugged winter hat. It’s made with warm 100 percent virgin wool right here in the United States, with an adjustable fit for the ideal amount of winter protection.
Recycled cashmere gets a new life in this surprisingly luxe beanie from Kelly Slater’s sustainably minded menswear brand. Team it with the brand’s handsome Blanket Shirt for exceptional winter warmth and serious style points all season. Two grey color options make it highly versatile.
Find your new favorite beanie cap for under $25 with COAL Headwear’s versatile, sustainable number, available in a large range of colors (including a winter-friendly dark green). It’s made using less water and energy, and the cuffed design can be adjusted for a snug or laidback, slouchy fit.
You don’t need to overdo it when searching for one of the best men’s beanies – sometimes, the answer is right in front of you, as with the winter gear masterminds at The North Face. The key with the Jim Beanie is the ultra-warm fleece earband and easy-to-style fit.
Taylor Stitch is your go-to for stylish shirting and outerwear, but what about one of the best men’s winter hats? Yes, it turns out they can do that, too. The ribbed design makes this beanie durable and snug, while the organic cotton is warm yet not too stuffy.
Top off one of Ten Thousand’s durable workout-minded sweatshirts with a meticulously crafted, well-designed beanie for cold-weather workouts. This one is made from soft viscose fabric and features permanent anti-odor protection, according to the brand.