By Millie Gooch published
One of the unsung heroes of cold-weather dressing, the best winter hats are the finishing touch of a well-layered outfit—which is the ideal way to dress as the temperature drops. Like a little hug on your head, a winter hat is not only guaranteed to keep you warm (by keeping the heat in your body) but it will also give your seasonal look a stylish spin.
Whether baker boys or beanies, you'll be looking for the best winter hats to reflect your own personal style, specifically, the ones that enhance your outfits. Of course, coordination is key—to find the perfect headgear for you, it helps to think about whether certain styles match your best winter coats and best winter boots, too.
When shopping for your winter hat, there's plenty to think about. Fabric is key—think toasty lambswool or luxurious, plush cashmere—as are the details, such as playful pom-poms. Color is also something to consider, as you might want to opt for punchy hues to give you and your outfit a little boost in the winter weather.
While some styles of hat are more casual and will work with your off-duty, best-jeans-and-jumper combo (we’re looking at you, beanie and bobble), other options, such as the fedora, are super versatile—exuding elegance, they will work for smarter occasions, too.
Chances are, you’re going to want to snap up more than one hat for your capsule wardrobe, so the fact that most designs for daily wear won't break the budget is a welcome added bonus.
What are the best winter hat styles?
Before we dive into the best winter hats out there right now, it helps to know your options. These are the most common millinery styles you'll see out and about, covering all angles of womens' winter wardrobes.
Bobble: Probably the coziest of all the winter hat styles, the bobble's fluffy pom-pom finish makes it both fun and feminine. Bobble hats are, universally, pretty flattering and can be found in an array of colors—so there’s something for everyone. If you aren’t sure which winter hat style to go for, you’re definitely safe choosing a bobble.
Beanie: Best described as the bobble hat's bobble-less counterpart, beanies are ideal if you’re after something simple but still chic. As well as coming in an array of colors and patterns (so the fun associated with a pom-pom-topped hat isn’t totally lost), beanies are also made in a variety of depths—meaning you can choose between something that sits snug to your head or allows for a little more room. If you're wondering how to wear a beanie, we recommend teaming with the warmest leggings for a cool athleisure look.
Baker boy: Adopted by the chicest of women in the 60s and 70s, and a style statement ever since (Julia Roberts made them iconic again in the 90s in Pretty Woman), the baker hat moves in and out of fashion on rotation. Right now, it’s very much in! Where woolen knits sit close to the scalp, baker boy hats' cap-like appearance and sharp angles add definition that helps to elongate round faces. While this style might not be the warmest, it’s definitely among the sultriest.
Bucket: Arguably the most fashion-forward of all the headwear styles available right now, the bucket hat might seem scary but it’s definitely making its way into the mainstream. The bucket hat is available in a wide variety of materials, from teddy textures to waterproof finishes (which are great for rainy days, worn with your waterproof jacket).
Fedora: While woven finishes might reign supreme in summer, the fabric of winter is felt. And this is where the fedora comes into its own—their more structured shape makes them great for sophisticated outfits, adding a touch of glamour to the everyday. Some fedoras have wider brims than others, and the more rectangular your face the wider you may wish to go.
Beret: This French style is always in fashion, but it was inevitable it made a widespread comeback after Netflix aired Emily In Paris—the hugely popular show prompted soaring beret sales and searches for how to wear a beret. Needless to say your outfit for a beret needs to be chicer than your average tracksuit bottoms, so opt for a smart pair of jeans and, if you want to take more classic style notes from the Continent, maybe even a Breton top.
The best winter hats for women as chosen by our fashion team
1. H&M Knit Chenille Hat
RRP: $12.99/£7.99 | If cheap and cheerful is what you’re after, this fun lilac number—with its cute faux-fur pom-pom—is sure to put a smile on your face. Most importantly it will keep your head warm, without breaking the bank.
2. Monsoon Boucle Baker Boy Hat
RRP: $26/£18 | This textured boucle number is a dreamy purchase for winter, and will elevate any outfit. The peak will also shade your eyes from sun on those brighter winter days, so you can—if you choose—leave the sunglasses at home.
3. Oliver Bonas Animal Print Beret
RRP $36.50/£5 | Take a walk on the wild side with this printed style. Crafted from soft camel felt, this hat has an elasticated trim for a comfortable fit. Keep the rest of your outfit simple and let the hat do the talking.
4. Hobbs Ember Hat
RRP: $80/£39 | If you’re looking for a hat that combines fun with luxury, then the Hobbs Ember Hat is one of the best. The lambswool gives this design a sophisticated and expensive feel, while the beige pom-pom keeps it feeling youthful. Team with a stunning cream coat and blue denim jeans.
5. M&S The Knitted Beanie
RRP: $22/£12.50 | Bright and bold, this beanie will be sure to make a statement. If you're someone who likes to switch it up, the super-soft ribbed hat comes in a range of colors. With a little extra stretch for comfort, this is the hat you’ll come back to time and again.
6. Hush Bron Bucket Hat
RRP: $46/£32 | The fact that this style is reversible means that, essentially, you’re getting two hats for the price of one. Win-win. Made from a soft teddy fabric it will give any outfit a cool 90s spin. Keep the look casual and team with your favorite denim and best white trainers.
7. Zara Felt Hat
RRP: $89.90/£59.99 | This special-edition hat comes in two colors as well as two sizes, meaning you can achieve a finish and fit that suits you perfectly. This hat makes such a statement that it’s best to keep the rest of your outfit minimal—an all-black ensemble of a roll-neck and jeans will ensure all eyes are on the pièce de résistance.
8. Reiss Picton Knit Ribbed Lambswool Beanie
RRP: $75/£48 | Made from lambswool, this thick knitted beanie—in a festive, cheery red—will be sure to keep your ears toasty. A great addition to any winter wardrobe, team with an oversized puffer jacket and straight leg jeans for a pulled-together weekend getup.
9. Lipsy Baker Boy Hat
RRP: $27/£18 | Not only is this style one of the best winter hats to keep you warm, but it looks exceptionally fashionable too. Perfect for the weekend, style with a chunky roll-neck in a plain color, a swishy skirt, and boots, and take the whole look out on a lunch date. Tie in gold jewellery to match the buckle detailing.
10. Free People Margot Slouchy Beret
RRP $38/£32 | Slouchy and unstructured, this beret oozes effortless style and, best of all, it’s available in four different colors—you can live your Parisian style dream with every outfit. We love this unique Cayenne shade.
11. All Saints Poppy Wool Fedora
RRP: $119/£79 | With a slightly Western movie vibe, the Poppy fedora will give you that effortless just-out-of-Hollywood look! Crafted from wool with a leather trim and wide brim, wear this with a statement shirt when you want to look your chicest.
12. Joules Elena Cable Hat
RRP: $24.95/£19.95 | While the Elena hat is available in five different colors, the canary yellow version is our favorite by far. The wool used in this style is made using responsibly sourced wool, certified by the Responsible Wool Standard.
13. Mint Velvet Grey Drifter Fedora Hat
RRP: $99/£59 | With a military-inspired buttoned tab, and gold-tone eyelet details, this look will level up your fashion points by adding a bold finish to your outfit. The best part is that the cotton finish makes it super transitional, so you could even wear it in some of the warmer months.
14. Mango Texture Bucket Hat
RRP: $29.99/£17.99 | The inner lining of this hat makes it one of the best for keeping warm but, beyond that, the fashion-forward design's khaki tone is timeless. Again, definitely one to wear with a dressed-down outfit, but for the price you can definitely take a risk to experiment!
15. Boden Colourblock Cashmere Hat
RRP $80/£55 | A cashmere hat is definitely an investment, but we think this is worth it. The yarn for this one is sourced from Inner Mongolia, and includes durable fibers renowned for their smoothness. There’s even a matching scarf and gloves if you want to complete the set.
Millie Gooch is the founder of Sober Girl Society, an online collective of women who don’t drink alcohol, with an Instagram following of over 100K (and counting!) Millie is one of the leading voices in the sobriety movement in the UK, with her debut non-fiction book, The Sober Girl Society Handbook, a bestselling manual to navigating life as a young and sober woman. Millie gave up alcohol back in February 2018 and has since dedicated her career to changing perceptions around sobriety.
She joined the team at woman&home as a fashion writer and stylist and has worked on numerous shoots for the brand. As a freelance journalist, Millie has written for a range of publications, including, ELLE, Stylist, the BBC, and the Evening Standard.
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