Beanie hats are one of those examples of work clothes items that have been taken up and worn, like denim jeans, as fashion items of clothing. They are now both fashionable and practical. The name may have derived from the button on the crown of the hat that looked like a bean evident in some American versions. These were made from three triangular pieces of felt joined along the seams and with a button on the crown. Possibly though, the name referred simply to a close fitting cap that covered the “bean” or head.
In most European countries the Beanie is usually a woollen cap, originally intended to keep the head warm or to keep their hair out of the eyes whilst working, but fashions come and go and the beanie was taken up by college students because it looked cool, and then dropped, and at one point evolved into the baseball cap with a visor to keep the sun out of the eyes. The snowboarding fraternity also took to the beanie since it was warm like a ski-cap and looked a bit more rugged than the standard, rather prissy items with ear muffs.
Now the mean beanie is part of urban fashion in a big way because it is effectively and casually cool. The modern beanie hat is usually made of fleece, or a special type of synthetic acrylic that helps remove surface moisture on the scalp and wick it away, keeping the head dry and free from perspiration. The place to buy Beanie Hats is online at a good retailer like UrbanExcess which specializes in all the best, and well-known brands including Bailey, Carhartt, Vans, Brixton, Goorin, Coal, Bula, , Ignite and the classic Penfield beanie hat and Afton cap. (more...)