Written by Cathy Rella
Whether you’re a hat person or not, you will likely be searching for a new accessory to keep your head or someone else’s head warm this season. Beanies, also called winter hats or toques, are not only practical for warmth and protection from the elements, they are trendy and fashionable, and a great staple to any wardrobe.
Lighter weight beanies are worn in warmer weather areas and even worn indoors. Beanies can be fine knit, chunky cable knit, ribbed knit, cuffed, slouched, lined or unlined, with poms or without poms. Common materials are acrylic, cotton, fleece and wool. They can be sporty, casual, chic or technical.
Beanie Trends to Opt For This Season
Like many products, there has been an increase in searching for beanies that are made in Canada or North America.
The look, comfort and uniqueness of a beanie that is handmade continues to be popular.
While most beanies are made with synthetic fibers like acrylic that holds shape and colour best, blended materials that include eco-friendly components such as organic cotton, hemp, recycled polyester and merino wool are trending.
Hot colours for the season range from pastels like mint green and denim blue, to vibrant neon colours such as bright yellow and orange.
The classic cuffed beanies continue to be on top of the charts, and typically can be worn cuffed or slouched for versatility.
They are back, if they ever left at all, and can add an extra touch of fashion.
Treat yourself to a new accessory this season with a beanie, or two!
Cathy Rella, owner and President of Kootenay Knit, started a unique Canadian headwear and knitwear business 25 years ago with her flair for design and creativity. Cathy’s Olympic-sized dreams were realized when Kootenay supplied products to the Winter Olympic Games in 2002 and for a number of years following. Cathy is passionate about products that tell a story, speak to a purpose or support a cause and takes pride in being a Canadian, woman-owned company.