Is Wearing Beanie Hats Making a Comeback?

Beanies for men!
Beanies for men! | Source

Do you see all those beanies?

I remember the days when I used to see baseball caps as the choice of casual headwear in young and old men alike. However, I’ve noticed over the past few years that beanies seem to be making a comeback with the male population--even during the summer months! I see them more and more on men, and I'm starting to see them more often on women as well.

Beanies for women
Beanies for women

Beanies for boys and girls

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What is a beanie hat?

A beanie is called other things, such as a skully, probably because it fits so close to the skull. A Canadian term for a beanie is a tuque.You will also see the term spelled "toque," but the pronunciation is still with the long "u" sound.

Traditionally, beanies were knit caps that stuck close to the head to keep in warmth. You see them all the time in the Olympics—on skaters and skiers—but now they are expanding their popularity to be just an accessory for casual dress rather than a cold weather need.

Beanies aren’t just a practical head covering anymore. They make their own fashion statement. What statement that is I’m not sure. Is it just fashion recycling itself as it always does? Is it like the leggings and big shirts of the 1980s that are now running amuck again in the 21st century?

Cool U2 guitarist

See Wikipedia for more information about beanies.
See Wikipedia for more information about beanies. | Source

Celebrities wear beanies!

Whatever the reason for the comeback of the beanies, they are making their way to Hollywood. Here’s a photo of U2’s guitarist in a beanie. Does he look cold? No, he’s just fashionably sporting his plain knit beanie. Do you ever see Justin Beiber without a beanie? Brad Pitt and David Beckham wear them. I've seen Ashton Kutcher even wearing a beanie hat with a suit! Beanies aren’t just for cold weather anymore. They are a fashion statement, a style that many folks embrace!

And what about the female celebrities? Oh, yeah, they are wearing the beanies, too. The women’s beanies might be a little fancier, with buttons or studs, or long ties on the sides. Women wear beanies for fashion, but also as a great cover-up for a bad hair day. Check out these photos of female celebrities, including actress Drew Barrymore and model Heidi Klum covering up their hair with beanies. Miley Cyrus also stylishly camouflages what might be greasy locks with a cute beanie. Reese Witherspoon wears one, and singer Pink even wears one on the beach with her bikini. Definitely not a cold weather beanie! Check out all these beanies, including Paris Hilton’s leopard beanie.

Oops! Just found some beanies in my closet!

Rimmed and unrimmed beanies. Check out the fancy one--top right!
Rimmed and unrimmed beanies. Check out the fancy one--top right! | Source

Who knew I had so many beanies?

Come to think of it, I have several beanies myself. Although I never thought of myself as joining in the trend, I guess I am to some extent. I just love hats, and if beanie hats are to be part of my growing collection, then I guess I’m in good—at least famous—company.

I’m amazed at all the options out there for beanies these days in terms of color and style. Surfstitch is a store based in Australia, where beanies are big! I was amazed at their online selections of beanies for men, women, and children.Surfstitch has some of the coolest beanies around. Have fun checking out beanies and more!

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daskittlez69 profile image

daskittlez69 4 years ago from midwest

I have had a beanie with a brim for a number of years now and I still absolutely love it.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

daskittle--That's cool. I know people who wear them all the time, it seems. Thanks for your input!


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

They have been around for a while. U2 Singer looks cool in his.

Lovely Hub. Thanks.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Vee.....Good grief woman, are you doing a 30/30 or in a contest?? You're whipping out hubs like CRAZY!! I can't keep up!

My mother knitted these hats by the gross.....Nary a cold head or ears in our family or neighborhood

They are now, I see, more of a fashion statement...and I think it's cute as hell. They MUST be a fashion statement, because I see young men wearing them all the time and it happens to be summer (90* today)...with the current jean trend, layered shirts and light weight long scarves loosely hanging around their neck.....and oh, yeah.....flip-flops.

Whatever....my mother (rest her soul) could open a corner store today and make a fortune!!

Slow down......I need a rest.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Some people look awesome wearing a beanie. I wish I was one of them, especially in winter. Maybe I must try the white one in the picture...

Victoria, I am now in the mood to try out some beanies...

Voted up and enticing :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Lady E. They are pretty cool, I think! :-) Thanks for reading!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Effer, you do awesome! I can't keep up with anybody's hubs. I'm a here and there kind of gal. You are here all the time; I love it and am so impressed.

Yes, men wear them in the summertime! with flip-flops.Crazy world of fashion!

Yep, your mom would be rich! Now, go take a nap. I may pop out another hub!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Martie--I wear hats from fall through spring. Love them! I didn't realize the so many of them were beanies. I do like the white one with the rim, too. You should get one. I bet it would look great with your hair.

Was "enticing" a choice? LOL. I love it!


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anglnwu 4 years ago

I notice that too. Even as the weather gets hot, I still see quite a few people with them over their heads. I love beanies, so good come back.


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Beanies did they ever go away??...got to love them! btw great discussion girls :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

anglnwu--I know! I love wearing hats in cold weather, but in warm weather??? They truly are back, especially with the men, it seems. :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I agree, carter! Great beanies, great discussion!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I never knew beanies left. I've been seeing them for years. Tim McGraw wears one in a few of his music videos (yum)!

Personally I've never worn one...not a beanie person. I used to collect beanie bears though. How's this comment for adding to your great discussion?:)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Go, Tim McGraw!!! I wear the more traditional beanies just for working outside in cold weather and the fancier ones (like with a brim) when I go out in public. I just love hats. Beanie bears, though! That adds a whole other element to this discussion!! Thanks, Sunshine!


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boundarybathrooms 4 years ago from Colne, Lancashire, UK

I thought they were still in anyway? At least amongst the trendy kids lol.


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

We are probably a bit behind the times here in Aussie Land, but beanies have always been in here. Lots of people wear them, including my two daughters. I am not a hat person, but I do wear a beanie if out on a cold dark night!!! I love your collection. Interesting hub in great new layout.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

boundarybathrooms--Definitely trendier than they used to be! I think they're cute, although I do think it odd when people wear them in warm weather! Thanks for reading!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Fennelseed, for the feedback about the hub. Glad you think the layout is good. About the beanies, do your daughters wear them in warm weather, too? That's when I know it's more about fashion than about warmth! :-) Interesting trend. They seem to be EVERYWHERE these days!


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Never worn one, but I like them. Great hub.


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

No, they pull them out in winter only, definitely for warmth, though they do look cute in them. I would love to be able to wear a beanie but I just look awful in hats so avoid them. I have grown accustomed to the chill around my ears :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Vellur, I've discovered I like them, too. thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ah,Annie, I've got to wear my hats. I hate, hate the cold!!!! See you soon!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I used to wear these hats! A comeback eh, good to know! :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yeah, Christy! You don't want to not be in style. LOL. Still have some beanies? It's safe to start wearing them again!!!


JustCrafty 4 years ago

I handknit acrylic and wool beanies and am trying to sell them in my online shop, not many sales not sure if the prices are right or no one visits the craft selling website that I have them on.

I donate hundreds of handknit beanies every year to various charities and they always ask for them for the next year.

I love making crocheted and knit beanies and love to see people wearing them anytime.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

JustCrafty--That's neat that you make beanies. Have you tried selling them on Etsy? I don't know what site you sell on; is it very well-known? Keep trying. I know that a lot of people really like handmade hats. I think they are adorable. Thanks for reading!


JustCrafty 4 years ago

I have tried Etsy with no results and have them on Artfire not many sales though.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

JustCrafty, maybe in time...? I wish you the best. Put your website on you HubPages profile, too. I didn't see it there. Maybe that will help your craft business, too, to connect the two sites.


JustCrafty 4 years ago

Thanks for the idea.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I hope it helps, JustCrafty. I'll check it out, too.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

I have so many beanie hats I never know which one to wear! lol! I hate those caps the young boys wear, the beanies make the guys look more manly! lol!


JustCrafty 4 years ago

Thanks for the comment and suggestion.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Nell--I have lots of hats, too--beanies and other kinds! I love hats in cool weather!


JustCrafty 4 years ago

I love making all types of beanies. Sometims I make them out of wool or acrylic and sometimes add different stitch patterns to make them more unique.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I never liked beanies- they seemed to target the crown of your head when you pulled them off and unless you have super slick hair they made it stand up. They look good on some but others not so much. But like everything else, I guess it makes a comeback.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

JustCrafty--I'm impressed. That would be fun to make them for myself and as gifts!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

JustCrafty--I linked to your hub about making your own beanies! Very cool!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hi, Alecia--True, beanies can slick down the hair. Even with my long, wavy, hair, can wear them, as my hair pops back up. I just wear hats to and from places to keep out the cold. I don't wear them all the time, even indoors, as a lot of guys seem to do. Thanks for the comments!!!

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