Stylish in winter: Headgear for beard wearers
Just like the rest of your outfit, different headpieces have the function of underpinning your individual style and character. Headgear not only has the advantage — especially in winter — of protecting you from external influences. They are also always a statement.
Whether it’s a hat, a baseball cap or a beanie – every piece of headwear conveys its own message (whether you like it or not)! However, so that you don’t lose your head in the face of all the possibilities, we’ve put together some suitable headwear for beard wearers.
Regardless of whether you wear a full, mustache or 3-day beard: Just like there’s a lid for every pot, there’s a matching headgear for every beard and face.
Important: Know your face shape
To find the right headgear, it’s important that you know the shape of your face. Because not every cap or hat fits every face. Faces can have different shapes, which will determine which headwear will show off your face the best.
- oval face: An oval face is characterized above all by its balanced features. Due to the even shape, all doors are open to you in terms of headwear. The only point you should keep in mind: make sure that the cap or hat matches your other style.
- round face: A round face, as the name suggests, is characterized by its round shape. Here, you should mainly go for headpieces that stretch your face and give it structure….
- angular face: an angular face is mainly based on its geometric shape. Both the width and length are roughly identical. Angular faces are often particularly narrow and the forehead and jaw appear angular.
- Heart-shapedface: Heart-shaped faces are particularly special: a broad, dominant forehead runs over prominent cheekbones towards a pointed chin.
Consider: Beard changes face shape
Even though the shape of your face is essential for the choice of headwear, you should not disregard your beard. Because he changes that shape — sometimes more, sometimes less. A full beard, for example, gives a narrow face more fullness and volume. A rather round face is stretched, for example, by wearing a henriquatre (combination of upper lip and chin beard). However, you can learn more about this in our post, “Which Beard Suits My Face?”
Headgear for beard wearers: these are your options
Have you identified the shape of your face? Well, now take a look at the different headgear.
1. the beard and the beanie
Beanies are the classic among headwear. They are usually made of cotton or fleece. Their shape resembles that of a bobble hat, but without the pom-pom. By the way, the term“beanie” comes from the English language and refers (so one assumes) to the term“bean” (Eng. Bean). In context, this is a colloquial term for the head – similar to our term“pear“.
Historical view of the Beanie
Historically, the headgear mostly served working men who needed to avoid having their hair slip down their faces. Today, the headgear is worn by both sexes and has become a trademark, especially in the skateboarding or hip-hop scene. A logo or slogan is also often embroidered prominently on the edge, which is usually folded over.
Which beard and face does the beanie go with?
The beanie is one of the most flexible headwear. Therefore, it also suits different beard shapes. Especially as a 3-day beard wearer you cut a good figure (especially with a so-called long beanie). But it’s also suitable for full beard wearers, especially if you’re into the sailor style.
The great thing about the beanie is that it comes in numerous shapes. There are short-cut models (usually the ears are exposed) or so-called long beanies, where there is a slight overhang. In addition, the models have thick or thin brims, logo embroidery or can be coarse or fine knitted.
This type of headgear is especially suitable if you have a rather round face. This is due to the fact that it stretches the head, because it sticks out slightly upwards. Avoid short-cut styles, as your head will look squashed and correspondingly larger. Even with a narrow face, you should avoid wearing a beanie, as it may unintentionally stretch it out. This is especially the case with long beanies. Both the type of knitting and the shape of the brim do not significantly influence the shape of your head, here you should orientate yourself on your personal taste. This also applies to logo beanies, as they are always representative of a brand, club or organisation with which you personally identify.
2. classic: the sliding cap
The slider cap is a peaked cap that has a flat top. The top projects forward over a flexible, sewn-through peak. The name is derived from the old Berlin term“Schieber” for foreman.
Historical view of the sliding cap
The sliding cap experienced its breakthrough in the 1930s. At that time it was part of the common workwear and was worn mainly because of its protective function. By covering it, it avoided wood chips in the hair or hair in the machine. In formal hunting and sportswear, it is still a common piece of equipment today.
For which type of beard is this cap suitable?
The slider cap is versatile and perfect for keeping out rain or snow. Only your ears are exposed. Due to its shape, the cap goes particularly well with a tousled moustache. Full beard wearers who put a focus on their upper lip area will also add that certain something to their style with this cap.
This model is especially suitable if you have a rather wide and angular jaw and your face type belongs to the angular faces. Prominent cheekbones are also better accentuated by the curves of this cap. This way you can soften your slightly harder contours. You can also wear this beanie, unlike the beanie, especially with a narrow face and show it off to its best advantage.
3. come on the hat
With a hat you put a real eye-catcher on your head. Compared to the other two models, a hat is distinguished above all by its particularly firm shape and the circumferential brim. This is also its main difference compared to a cap. At the same time, the wide edge protects against external weather influences. Depending on the model, hats can be cool or warm, as you know it from a Panama hat in summer, for example.
Historical view of the hat
Compared to the other headgear, the hat has a particularly long history. In the last century in particular, it went through a number of ups and downs to establish itself as a permanent fixture: From Christian Dior’s ‘New Look’ with small caps and extravagant or playful models to the stigmatization of the hat as ‘staid’ in the 60s to the comeback of the hat in the new millennium by pop stars like Justin Timberlake. One thing has not changed in the process: Until today, however, the hat is therefore worn, in addition to its practical function, to express and emphasize their own personality.
How can I wear hat?
Hats have the advantage that they are flexible to pimp your everyday outfit but can also be worn to fancier occasions. Because of this flexibility, they also fit just about any shape of beard. The shape of your face or head is the most important factor in finding the right hat. With an oval face, for example, you can wear almost any hat.
For a round face, a hat with a face stretching effect is recommended. For this to be successful, the shape of the hat must be slightly higher so that the hat can be worn higher up from the forehead. Suitable models here are, for example, a trilby or fedora.
If your face is rather narrow or long (square face type), the hat should widen it accordingly. Here, the headpiece should sit low and ideally a transverse line above the forehead. Also, the hat should have the ability to sit low on the face. Perfect examples include a cloche, pork pie, or floppy hat.
4. the classic: the baseball cap
The baseball cap has become the classic of all headwear. These caps are usually made of linen, cotton or polyester. The front is stiffened and instead of a hat brim, it has a stiff shield that serves as sun, rain or impact protection. Most caps can be individually adjusted to the head size by means of a pressure or Velcro fastener at the back. The latter are often referred to as “snapbacks”.
Historical view of the baseball cap
The baseball cap found its origin, as the name already suggests, in the us-American baseball. Decisive for the popularity were the New York Yankees, who in 1849 wore a cap on their head instead of the typical straw hat of that time. By the way, wearing the umbrella backwards also comes from baseball. Some playing positions require the wearing of a protective mask in front of the face, which is obstructed by a forward-facing screen.
Here in Germany, by the way, the baseball cap only became popular in the 1970s. It virtually replaced the hat, which at the time was defamed as old-fashioned, as a common head covering.
Which beard and face does the baseball cap go particularly well with?
The baseball cap is a very sporty accessory and fits especially to a rather sporty style. You can combine this headgear with any popular beard style. The decisive factor here is more your general style of dress.
At the same time, this type of headgear is especially interesting if you have a heart-shaped face. In this shape, the forehead and temples are slightly wider, while the chin is narrow. A narrow peak of your cap makes your chin appear visually wider.
Are there any particular types of baseball caps?
Like hats, baseball caps come in a variety of shapes. When it comes to the appearance and functionality of caps, a distinction is made between three profiles: low, medium & high profile. The profile describes how the cap will ultimately sit on your head (take another look at our face shape types explained above). The lower the profile (low), the flatter the cap will sit on your head. Note, however, that the flatter the cap sits, the more stretched your face will be. While this is handy if your face is roundish — not if you already have a long face in general. The larger the profile (medium-high), the more wearing options you have: slanted, straight or pulled deep into the forehead. High-profile caps are also best for solar shading.
Headgear for beard wearers: Stylish through the winter
As you can see, there are many ways to get through winter in style. There’ s a wide range of headwear to choose from, and it’s easy to match with the rest of your winter look. Most models are also suitable for a variety of different beard types, so you have more design freedom.
Which of the four featured models is actually your favorite? We look forward to hearing what you think!