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Best Beanies for Men in 2020

                                                                              

Styles

 One popular style of the beanie during the early half of the twentieth century was a kind of skullcap made of four or six felt panels sewn together to form the cap. The panels were often composed of two or more different contrasting colors to give them a novel and distinctive look. This type of beanie was also very popular with some colleges and fraternities, as they would often use school colors in the different panels making up the headgear.




Another style of beanie was the whoopee cap, a formed and pressed wool felted hat, with a flipped up brim that formed a band around the bottom of the cap. The band would often have a decorative repeating zig-zag or scalloped pattern cut around the edge. It was also quite common for schoolboys to adorn their beanies with buttons and pins.




Whether it’s for falling temps or a fashion statement, you’ve got have a solid beanie in your apparel arsenal. The concept seems simple: Grab a beanie to cover a bad hair day, battle the cold, top your perfect getup, and keep it handy when it’s time to build a snowman. The beanie comes in all sorts of knits, colors, and sizes, but the purpose is the same nine times out of 10: to keep warm (but some added style doesn’t hurt). Think of the beanie as a pair of socks for your head that will either complete or add a little flair to your look.









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If you’re hoping to find the best beanies for men, look no further than the top 6 options we’ve listed below. Most brands offer different colorways for each hat, so you’ll just need to check the website if our color choices weren’t up to your standards.










Etymology


The cloth-covered button on the crown is about the size of a bean seed and may be the origin of the term "beanie". Some academics believe that the term is instead derived from a type of headgear worn in some medieval universities. The yellow hats (bejaunus, meaning "yellowbill", later beanus, a term used for both the hats and the new students) evolved into the college beanies of later years.[1]
According to the Oxford Dictionary, the etymology is uncertain, but probably derives from the slang term "bean", meaning "head". In New Zealand and Australia, the term "beanie" is normally applied to a knit cap known as a tuque in Canada and parts of the US, but also may apply to the kind of skull cap historically worn by surf lifesavers[2] and still worn during surf sports.[3] The non-knitted variety is normally called a "cap" in other countries.
In the United Kingdom, the term "Benny Hat" may also refer to a knitted style of headcovering. This name originally comes from the character "Benny", played by actor Paul Henry in the British Crossroads soap opera. The character appeared from the mid-1970s to the late-1980s and usually wore a knitted version of the hat.







History

A larger variant of the skullcap, the beanie was working apparel associated with blue collar laborers, including welders, mechanics, and other tradesmen who needed to keep their hair back, but for whom a brim would be an unnecessary obstruction.[citation needed] Beanies do sometimes have a very small brim, less than an inch deep, around the brow front. The baseball cap evolved from this kind of beanie, with the addition of a visor to block the sun.[citation needed]
Cornell University freshmen wearing beanies in 1919
By the mid-1940s, beanies fell out of general popularity as a hat, in favor of cotton visored caps like the baseball cap. However, in the 1950s and possibly beyond, they were worn by college freshmen and various fraternity initiates as a form of mild hazing. For example, Lehigh University required freshmen to wear beanies, or "dinks", and other colleges including Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Rutgers, Westminster College and others may have had similar practices.[4] Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kansas, still carries this tradition for the first week of a freshman's classes,[5] and is said to be the only college in the US to maintain this tradition.[6] Georgia Tech continues to provide freshmen with RAT caps, though their mandatory wear ceased in the 1960s.[7] Wilson College continues this tradition today as a part of its Odd/Even class year "rivalry". [8]
At Cornell University, freshman beanies (known as "dinks") were worn into the early 1960s.[9] Dinks were not officially required, but their wearing was enforced by student peer pressure.[10] An annual ritual was the burning of the caps in a boisterous bonfire.[10]








Propeller beanie


In the late 1940s, while still in high school, science fiction fanzine artist Ray Nelson adopted the use of the propeller beanie as emblematic shorthand for science fiction fandom. This was in self-mockery of the popular image of fans as childish and concerned with ephemera (such as science fiction). References to the distinctive headwear are now used to identify old-fashioned fans, as opposed to more modern fans of media science fiction.
The propeller beanie increased in popular use through comics and eventually made its way onto the character of Beany Boy of Beany and Cecil. Today, computer savvy and other technically proficient people are sometimes pejoratively called propellerheads because of the one-time popularity of the propeller beanie.[11]
In the 21st century, propeller beanies are rarely seen on the street, and are primarily worn for satirical or comedic purposes.
In 1996, student hackers placed a giant propeller beanie on the Great Dome at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The scaled-up propeller rotated as the wind drove it like a windmill.[12]




Acrylic Watch Hat

                                                                


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From the construction site  to the city streets, the  Acrylic Watch Hat proves it’s versatility and warmth with 100% acrylic rib knitting and folded cuff stamped with a Don Jamaine Logo patch.


 

 

 

Knit Beanie


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Stitched from 100% cotton; the Don Jamaine Apparel Knit Beanie is defined by style and comfort.


 

 

 

 

Lumberjack Beanie









      
                                                                             
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 A Don Jamaine enbroidery label on a folded beanie  is what makes the Lumberjack Beanie the perfect plaid-shirt accompaniment.



 

 

 

 

Watch Cap Beanie



                                                                           
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The Don Jamaine Money Man  Watch Cap Beanie is stitched American sourced wool and is branded as discretely as it battles the elements.



 

 

 

 

 

Cotton Watchcap




The Don jamaine Watch Cap is ethically and sustainably made in the U.S. Out in Mother Nature, the beanie will keep you warm and dry when the weather turns cold and wet.



 

 

 

 

 

Tiger King Beanie






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Knit from cotton in  and finished in the   and enbroibery Watchcap is stitched to be American and is unquestionably warm and comfortable when it needs to be.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knit Hat








                                                                               
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Lightweight and stitched to be worn year-round, the Don Jamaine  Knit Beanie is a low profile, eco-friendly knit to top off your everyday attire, whether urban or forested.




 

 

 

 

 

Fisherman Beanie

                                                                             
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Simple and black with a Don Jamaine blend, Beanie is all things style and comfort at an elite level.

















Most knit caps (or beanie hats) are tapered at the top. The stretch of the knitting itself hugs the head, keeping the cap secure. They are sometimes topped with a pom-pom or loose tassels. Knit caps may have a folded brim, or none, and may be worn tightly fitting the head or loose on top. A South American tradition from the Andes Mountains is for the cap to have ear flaps, with strings for tying under the chin. A special type of cap called a balaclava folds down over the head with openings for just the face or for the eyes or mouth only.
Some modern variants are constructed as a parallel sided tube, with a draw-string closure at one end. This version can be worn as a neck-warmer with the draw-string loose and open, or as a hat with the draw-string pulled tight and closed.






The pull-down knit cap was known in the army of the British Empire as an Uhlan cap or a Templar cap. During the Crimean War, handmade pull-down caps were sent over to the British troops to help protect them from the bitter cold weather before or after the battle of Balaclava.[1] The cap became popularly known a Balaclava helmet or just balaclava among the soldiers.[2]

Scandinavian tophue

Danish farmer wearing traditional clothing, including red tophue
In Scandinavia, caps resembling a typical knit cap with a pom-pom have been in use since the Viking period and possibly earlier. The term (Danish tophue, Norwegian topplue, Swedish toppluva) means "top cap", and refers to the pom-pom. The Viking Age Rällinge statuette, possibly a depiction the god

Freyr, wears what might be a pointed cap with pom-pom.[3]
Early caps were probably sewn or made with nålebinding, but were knitted from the 17th century onwards, when knitting became known in Scandinavia. Inspired by the phrygian cap of the French revolution, it became largely ubiquitous during the 18th and 19th century. It is still found in many of the Scandinavian folk costumes for men.[4]

 

 

 

 

Canadian tuque or touque

The precursor to the modern tuque was a small, round, close-fitting hat, brimless or with a giant brim known as a Monmouth cap. In the 12th and 13th centuries, women wore embroidered "toques", made of velvet, satin, or taffeta, on top of their head-veils. In the late 16th century, brimless, black velvet toques were popular with men and women. Throughout the 19th century, women wore toques, often small, trimmed with fur, lace, bows, flowers, or leaves.[5]
The term tuque is French Canadian. Some etymologists think it probably comes from an Old Spanish word (toca) for a type of headdress—specifically, a soft, close-fitting cap worn about 500 years ago.
The word tuque is similarly related to the name of the chef's toque, an alternate spelling from Middle Breton, the language spoken by Breton immigrants at the founding of New France. In Modern Breton, it is spelled tok, and it just means "hat". In Old Breton, it was spelled toc.
The tuque is similar to the Phrygian cap, and, as such, during the 1837 Patriotes Rebellion, a red tuque became a symbol of French-Canadian nationalism. The symbol was revived briefly by the Front de libération du Québec in the 1960s.[6] It is considered cold-weather outerwear and is not commonly worn indoors.







In Canadian English, knit caps are also known as a tuque (pronounced /tk/; also spelled touque or toque), a word closely related to the French word toque, originally referring to a traditional headwear and now used for a type of chef's hat (short for toque blanche, meaning "white hat"). Toque is also commonly used across New England as well, especially among the working class.
The word is also occasionally spelled touque. Although this is not considered a standard spelling by the Canadian Oxford Dictionary,[7] some informal media polls have suggested that it is the preferred spelling by many Canadians.[8]
In some sections of Canada, a tuque with a brim on it, commonly worn by snowboarders, is nicknamed a bruque (a brimmed tuque).[9]

British bobble Hat (Bob Cap)

A bobble hat
A bobble hat' or bobble cap or Bob Cap is a knit cap that has a yarn "bobble" or pom-pom on top. It is similar to a watch cap, although that does not have a bobble.
Bobble hats were traditionally considered utilitarian cold-weather wear. In the early 21st century they were considered popular only with geeks and nerds. A surprise rise in popularity, driven initially by the Geek-Chic trend, saw them become a fashionable and with a real fur bobble, luxury designer item.[10][11][12]
In the late 20th century, in the United Kingdom, they (like the anorak) were associated with utilitarian unfashionability or with older football supporters, as they had been popular in club colours during the 1960s and 1970s.[13][14] Along with the pin-on rosette and the football scarf, the bobble hat was seen as traditional or old-fashioned British working-class football regalia.

 

 

 

 

In popular culture

Scandinavian tomte with typical knit cap, Hans Gude 1896
Knitted caps are common in cold climates, and are worn worldwide in various forms. They have become the common headgear for stereotypical dockworkers and sailors in movies and television. Bill Murray wore this type of hat in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, possibly as a parody of the red tuque (or Phrygian cap) worn by Jacques Cousteau.
Famous media characters to sport a knitted cap are the SCTV characters Bob and Doug McKenzie. Michael Nesmith of The Monkees also wore this hat in his television series, as did Jay in the films of the View Askewniverse, Robert Clothier's character "Relic" in the long-running Canadian TV series The Beachcombers, and Hanna-Barbera's character Loopy de Loop wore a knit cap as well. Michael 


Parks wore one as James "Jim" Bronson in the popular series "Then Came Bronson". Robert Conrad also had worn one in his role of coureur des bois in the epic TV series Centennial. Bruce Weitz's character Mick Belker wore this hat throughout almost every episode of Hill Street Blues.
Characters in the animated series South Park, including Eric Cartman and Stan Marsh, usually wear knitted caps. Jayne Cobb from the TV series Firefly wore an orange sherpa knitted and sent him by his mother in the episode "The Message". The character Compo on the British TV show Last of the 


Summer Wine is almost always seen wearing a knitted cap.
The guitarist for the Irish band U2, The Edge, is also known for wearing a knitted cap while performing, or during interviews. Tom Delonge, former guitarist and vocalist of the pop punk band Blink-182 is also known to wear a knitted cap during live performances. Rob Caggiano, music producer and former guitarist for thrash metal band Anthrax, is often seen wearing a black one. Lee Hartney from The Smith Street Band is regularly seen in a black knit cap, even during an Australian summer. Canadian Daniel Powter also wore a blue knitted cap during the music video for "Bad Day". Knitted caps are also worn commonly by hip hop artists. Masao Inaba from Revelations: Persona wears one.







Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier wore a toque over his helmet during the sixth annual National Hockey League Winter Classic on January 1, 2014.
One of the more notable wearers of the tuque was Jacques Plante, the Hall of Fame goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens ice hockey team throughout the 1950s. During the 2003 Heritage Classic game (which was played at temperatures below −15 °C (5 °F)), another Canadiens goaltender, José Théodore, wore a tuque on top of his goalie mask.
A 1984 Québécois film about an enormous snowball fight has the French title La guerre des tuques (The War of the Tuques).[15] A town in Quebec is known as La Tuque, named after a nearby hill that resembles a tuque.
During the 2000s and 2010s, the bobble hat remains popular among many celebrities,[16] including American rapper Eminem and Dappy from British-Cypriot group N-Dubz.[17]
Santa Claus is often shown with a knitted cap or a sewn cap following the typical Scandinavian style knitted cap with a pom-pom, a trait he has inherited from the Germanic/Scandinavian tradition. The Scandinavian tomte is likewise usually depicted with a red knitted cap, such a cap is also used as a national symbol (sometimes negatively) in Norway.[18]

Other names

East German fisherman in 1963 wearing a knit cap
Other names for knitted caps include: woolly hat (British English), wool hat (American English), sock hat, knit hat, poof ball hat, bonnet, sock cap, stocking cap, tossel cap, skullcap, ski hat, burglar beanie, watch cap (American English), snookie, sugan, or chook. In Southern American English it is sometimes called a toboggan. In Western Pennsylvania English (Pittsburghese), it is known as a tossle cap.
In Canada, it is often referred to as a toque or tuque.
In parts of the English-speaking world, this type of knitted hat is traditionally called a beanie, but in parts of Canada and the US, the word "beanie" is used to denote a completely different, less floppy, cap that is not knitted, but rather made up of joined panels of felt, twill, or other tightly woven cloth (see Beanie (seamed cap)).
A knitted cap is commonly referred to as a "watch cap" by members of the United States military, as it is the head gear worn while "standing watch" on a ship or guard post. The term "snookie cap" is also frequently used in the US military.
A knitted cap with ear flaps is often called a bobble hat (if it has a bobble/pompom on top), toboggan, or sherpa.

                                                                                

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