While bundling up to depart for a work meeting, my colleague asked me what headwear he should wear during the workday that is both warm but more stylish than “those hideous ear cover-ups” as he termed them. Men may have the fashionable black cashmere coat and the leather gloves, but they also have their head to worry about. I personally am a fan of the fedora or other brimmed hats. They are classic, dapper and elicit a fond remembrance of Cary Grant and other fashion-forward men of the day. Make sure the colors are mostly solid or a tweed-like pattern. You don’t want any flashy colors or prints – you want to make a statement with your hat, so don’t turn your fedora into a fashion faux pas. Also, avoid the bowler cap – the look is quite dated and should be left for Halloween costumes.
And per popular belief, there is nothing wrong with the beanie cap. They are warm and if they match or compliment your coat and fit well, I see no reason why you should not wear one to and from work or between office meetings. Again, make sure the colors are solid and the fabric isn’t a loose knit. If it’s too loose of a knit, it’ll fray and fall apart come first gust of wind – plus it won’t keep you nearly as warm as it should. It is also a common misconception that most men don’t have to worry about hat hair – couldn’t be further from the truth. For you men who don’t want to have to fix flattened hair upon entering into the office, try a looser beanie style that is still professional and stylish, doesn’t look like it belongs on the ski slopes, and gives your hair some breathing room while still warming your ears.
Just because my colleague didn’t particularly care for the male version of the earmuff doesn’t mean you need to throw them out your window. Many businessmen wear these items and swear by them. In fact, over the past few years they have become a business winter wardrobe staple. Bottom line: It’s cold. Wear what you need to keep you warm, and just make sure to keep it simple and keep it professional. Outerwear is an extension of the office dress code when wearing it during the workday, so make sure you don’t flippantly think that no one is judging your dress code even though you haven’t even taken off your coat yet.