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  • Man's Guide To Cold Weather Hats - Cold Weather Headwear - Winter Hat Options Men

  • Hi! I'm Antonio Centeno, the founder of Real Men Real Style. Today, I'm going to be talking

  • to you about winter headwear, what hat to choose when it's cold outside and you don't

  • want your ears to freeze off.

  • Okay guys, this is in support of my article over at The Art of Manliness, so I'm going

  • to link to that article right down below and go to that article. I'm going to go into a

  • lot more detail than I'm going to go into here in the video, but I wanted to give you

  • guys some visuals. I wanted to talk to you a little bit about it.

  • I really want to stress here is where function trumps style. Usually, I like them to mix

  • about evenly, but I'm going to say here, when you're talking about cold weather gear or

  • even hot weather gear to some extent, but cold weather gear, you want to be careful

  • because your extremities, you can get frostbite on the edges of our ears.

  • I look around here in the United States. I don't know what has happened, but it seems

  • like a lot of us, especially younger kids, don't seem to ever want to wear hats. My wife

  • sees this coming from Ukraine and she goes nuts. She says, "Babushka is going to jump

  • out of the trees," which if you're Slavic, you understand this. And they would just yell

  • at you if you do not wear a hat.

  • But here in the United States, literally in Wisconsin, it is negative 10 degrees outside.

  • And just yesterday, one of my son's friends, kids running around with a pair of shorts

  • and no hat on, it's crazy.

  • So to help you guys understand this though, you're looking at different watch caps. You're

  • looking at, I don't know, maybe a felt homburg. You're looking at all these different hats

  • and you're wondering, "What should I wear? What's going to keep me warm?"

  • Remember, if something's made out of different materials, it's going to have different insulating

  • properties. So thinking with the function, we always want to lean towards items that

  • are made from wool or specialty man-made fibers that are made to insulate and keep in heat.

  • Now, the number of man-made fibers, that's a little over the board. I can't give you

  • an exact, but if usually you're looking at something and it has like a whole breakdown

  • of how it actually is going to wick away sweat and it's going to pull that out in the outer

  • layers, that is usually a pretty good thing.

  • In fact, I've got one watch cap here made by Carol Davis Sportswear out of, I believe,

  • Arkansas. Now, she used to be actually out in Nebraska, but in any case, she uses out

  • of Malden Mills. They use this really high tech power stretch polytech I believe is what

  • it's called, and what it does is it wicks, so something like this is really great if

  • you're going to be out in snowmobile trails and wearing a helmet over this and you're

  • going to be sweating or you're going to have multiple layers and you need something that's

  • going to wick away moisture from your body.

  • A lot of times though, and let's just say you're out walking around New York City and

  • you're wearing a really nice overcoat, a simple dress watch cap is going to work perfectly

  • fine, and this is a dress watch cap for a number of reasons.

  • One, it's actually charcoal gray, not black exactly. Black would work fine and maybe a

  • little bit lighter gray would be fine as well, but it doesn’t really have any big patterns

  • in it. It does have a bit of a pattern in the weave, but actually a little bit thicker

  • knit weave is a bit dressier with this dark weave here. So functionally, it will keep

  • you warm. It's made from wool, so it will do a good job insulating, but it has a bit

  • of a dressy look to it, which again is achieved with the weave and with a solid dark color.

  • Now, this is an example of a watch cap from my son's wardrobe and it was the only one

  • I could find with some bright colors, but you can see all the colors here, not really

  • bright, but anytime you start to introduce patterns like this -- and this one's cotton.

  • No, I'm sorry, this is acrylic. The great thing about an acrylic watch cap is you can

  • simply throw it in the wash when it's dirty. You can't do that with wool. Well, with cotton,

  • you can do that as well, but this acrylic is going to do a better job than cotton in

  • terms of wicking away moisture and actually retaining heat, so this works well for young

  • men.

  • So this is very informal. As you can tell, it is a pig, one of my daughter's hats, but

  • basically this is a chuyo. Anyone from South America or anyone that does any snowboarding

  • or anything like that, you'll probably recognize the design of the hat. Ignore the pig. This

  • was the only example I had in my house, but the great part about this South American style

  • hat is that it covers the ears. A lot of American watch caps, they don't have anything like

  • this. South Americans, maybe they were a bit smarter and said, "Hey, we're going to cover

  • the ears and we're going to have it so that it wraps around your cheeks."

  • Now, when it comes to levels of formality, whenever something starts to cover the ears

  • and wrap around the face, it technically drops down on levels of formality, and part of that

  • is being able to send signals when you're engaging. However, let's say today actually,

  • the President of the United States, Barack Obama, he is having his inauguration. If you're

  • watching this video, it's probably already passed and everything, but in any case, if

  • you are out there at that time, I would say dress for function because this is probably

  • going to be super cold out there. But if the weather isn't that bad and you're just bringing

  • out a hat just to add and you think you're going to be just fine, then you would maybe

  • want to look at something a bit more formal.

  • What do I mean by formal? Well, there are other hats out there which you can consider.

  • I've shown you examples of watch caps or watch caps form around the head. They are informal,

  • but they work out very well functionally. For more formal hats, we want to look at maybe

  • ushankas or trapper hats. This is not formal. This one actually is coming out of Eddie Bauer,

  • but it gives you an idea of the ushanka, so you can see that right there.

  • Now, having lived and spent time in Ukraine and other parts of the former Soviet Union,

  • I can tell you over there, that's where a lot of these winter styles come from because

  • they live and breathe in the cold weather. If you've ever been up to Siberia, you know

  • what I'm talking about. Over there, winter is harsh. Here in the United States, you can

  • get away with it to an extent, not so much up in Canada, but if you do not wear the proper

  • gear, you're going to get frostbite really fast in those parts of the world. And as they

  • had to dress nice, they came up with a number of different styles.

  • So we have the ushanka. We have the astrakhan. The astrakhan, that one is -- I don't have

  • an example with me. Go ahead and I'm going to link to it in the Art of Manliness article,

  • so go ahead and check that one out.

  • We also have the wool newsboy. That is more of an American version, but I would say the

  • wool newsboy, it's more of like a cap on top. It looks like the traditional newsboy, but

  • it's going to be made from usually a thicker weave. And more, it's not going to protect

  • the sides of the head as well.

  • The nice thing about the ushanka or the trapper hat is that you can unbutton it. I've seen

  • men do this. Most Russians or Ukrainians I've seen, they never do this, but you can bring

  • the hat down like that to cover the ears and this is what we consider more of the trapper

  • hat, but when it's up like this -- and a lot of ushankas I've seen, I've never seen them

  • come down. They all look like they can, but I've never grabbed some random former Soviet

  • guy and tried to pull his hat down to check that, so I can't tell you.

  • Okay, so there are also dress hats, so the homburg, a number of other dress hats, you

  • can get dress caps that are formed on top. They come in felt and that's going to be a

  • bit heavier. It's going to protect more from the wind and it's going to have a dressier

  • look. However, it's not going to cover the ears or protect the sides of the head, but

  • often it will keep the top of the head warm.

  • Then we also have a particular military winter wear. A lot of this, I think, which sets it

  • apart is you'll see it doesn’t always cover the ears, and this plays into effect as we

  • don't want to muffle sound, so that's one thing you often notice, is they have a little

  • pop-up so that you can still hear pretty well and it doest muffle the sound. In addition,

  • they're not going to really care much about style, but in doing so, because they focus

  • on function, I think a lot of them are pretty stylish. Different militaries around the world

  • have different hats they come out with. Check out the article. I show a few pictures and

  • I link to a few as well.

  • Okay, so the hat is just a piece, gentlemen. There are other parts. Don't forget your scarf.

  • I'm going to link to my scarf article down below. I put out quite a few videos and a

  • great article on how to tie different types of scarves. In addition, consider something

  • like a neck gaiter or a dickie and this is really nice. Actually, again, I got this from

  • Carol Davis Sportswear. I do a review on it and I love it because it slips right over.

  • And even if I'm wearing a really nice overcoat, I can wear this and it keeps my neck warm

  • and it comes up here and basically makes it look like more of your turtleneck, but it

  • comes right off. I love this little piece of gear.

  • If it's super cold and you're going to spend some time outside like down in Antarctica,

  • then you see things where they cover every single part of the body, and that's where

  • you've got a full hood on with goggles, so if it calls for it, make it happen.

  • All right, guys, this has been Antonio Centeno with Real Men Real Style. If you like this

  • video, I would appreciate it if you click on the "like" button. Make sure you subscribe.

  • And if you haven't already, make sure to grab my free 47-page e-book on Men's Style. I linked

  • to that down below as well. I will see you guys in the comments. Bye-bye.

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