But what’s going on with the wool hat? Since the beginning of November, he has made his sensational return to the streets of New York and Paris. The fashionistas of the Marais wear it again proudly while American celebrities, first and foremost Justin Bieber, or Bella and Gigi Hadid, once again walk around Manhattan with the emblematic headgear on their heads – worn in short or long versions , and available in all colors. Yes, the hat is indeed the undisputed star of stylish guys this winter. It has even (re)become the main fashion totem of the moment. In addition to being ultra affordable.
If Keanu Reeves chose a fairly classic version like this black beanie worn peaked on the head, the trophy for the most beautiful beanies goes to Bradley Cooper. Gigi Hadid’s supposed new boyfriend now wears them on almost all of his public outings. On the streets of New York, Cooper has made the wool hat and big glasses combo his new style signature. When he wears a beige hat here, he prefers a longer navy blue variant there. And the actor found his own way of wearing the hat, not so original in fact: the forehead exposed and the tip of the hat flattened to form a point on the head.
From fisherman’s accessory to “hipster” emblem
In recent years, this neglected person had almost disappeared from the radar. Relegated at most to winter sports or temporary periods of extreme cold, we thought the wool hat was dead, having experienced its glory days in the 2010s thanks to the hipster movement born in Brooklyn. At that time, most New York “hipsters” had chosen the wool hat as their favorite accessory, worn summer and winter, thereby making it the darling of many commentators. But the wool hat is not new.
For the record, today’s classic wool hat (often made of merino wool) is located between the historic fishermen’s and dockers’ hats. The first are at the origin of the way in which we most often wear the hat today: fishermen had the custom of placing the hat at the top of the skull because of their short and shallow shape. Later, the dockers will adopt the grooves found on most of the parts currently produced. The reversed cap – which forms a fold on the forehead – is then essential.