The Beanie Is My Winter Essential

Best Beanies for Women

I am a firm believer that if your head is cold, you are cold. That’s why a hat is an absolute essential come fall and winter. As much as I love accessories, though, hats are so tricky. I love the way hats look on other people, but every time I put one on, I feel like an imposter. Enter, the beanie. It’s the one hat that really looks good on everyone, and it’a a cozy accessory that keeps you super warm; there’s nothing not to like. Now that the temperature has dipped, I won’t leave the house without one; honestly, sometimes I even wear one inside.

If you’re looking for a great hat, shop the 13 best beanies we sourced on the internet. We found options that are neutral and go with everything, as well as colorful picks that add a pop of color to any look. Plus, where would we be without a few pom-poms? These hats also make for great gifts, so if you’re preparing for an upcoming birthday party, or want to get a head start on holiday shopping, these are awesome options. Just keep reading to shop our favorite winter accessory, a cute beanie.

This beanie ticks all the boxes for us — comfy, stylish, warm, and functional. Our team of testers all agreed, the Carhartt Lookout is as close as it gets to perfect; it’s warm and comfortable, with a tight-knit acrylic weave that provides stretch and coziness without too much bulk. We loved the wide roll-up band that not only offers an extra layer against the cold but also adds some serious style points with its dual-tone design. The seams and overall construction appear to be built to last, and we were impressed by the softness and stretchiness of the material. Overall, this hat was the one we reached for the most as we bundled up for cold weather.

Some of our test team wished this hat came without a pompom. Though many of the top women’s winter caps have pompoms, and we are by no means against them as a style choice, it does impact the overall versatility. The Carhartt Lookout is not typically a hat you’d want to wear under a helmet or during any serious physical activity. Carhartt does offer a few different styles (without poms), which might be better suited to your needs.

This thick, cozy hat provides some serious comfort against cold weather. This beanie has a thermal knit outer layer and a cozy warm, polar fleece lining that provides an impressive barrier against cold winds. This hat was the coziest, warmest hat we reviewed by a long shot. It has a roll-up option that adds extra warmth and adjustable, accommodating different head sizes. It’s reasonably priced and comes in a variety of colors, which is a bonus. Our testers were also fans of the hat’s overall design, as it was both stylish and functional. This one is a classic hat for skiing and other winter activities.

Because it is so thick and cozy, this beanies is also quite bulky. This hat may be a bit too thick and cozy for some applications. For those who live in cold environments, the bulkiness won’t feel like overkill, but it could feel a little too cozy and warm as an accent piece for those who live in moderate climates.


Unique texture

Slightly tight fit

The England Beanie is one of the softest hats we wore during this review. It’s made from a combination of viscose, nylon, and acrylic materials, which gives it an extremely soft, fuzzy feel. If you’re feeling feisty, the leopard print pattern on this cap may be appealing. We tested the classic gold and black color combo, but the hat comes in various other color options. If you want to add some cozy pizzazz to your cold-weather outfit, this hat is for you.

Of course, it’s up to you to decide whether or not this hat fits into your wardrobe. The pompom and overall pattern make the C.C. Exclusives designed for a specific look. We liked the hat but felt that its texture was an acquired taste as well. It also felt a bit tight and didn’t stretch much over time.

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