Let’s be real – At one point or another, we have all purchased a slouchy beanie and tried to rock it like we were David Beckham at the airport. After further examination, I think it’s fair to say that most of us ended up looking more like a washed-out popstar than a stylish British soccer player.
For those of you who haven’t seen a slouchy beanie in use, they are the ones where the forehead is exposed, used primarily for hiding one’s hair, and lastly, the top of the hat slouches downwards, much like the ones seen on the Seven Dwarves.
Like many terrible trends, the slouchy beanie was popularized by celebrities and musicians in Los Angeles following the decline of the trucker hat. Due to the temperature in LA, the functional purpose of a beanie made little to no sense, other than to add some hipster vibes to any traditional look. For example, Ashton Kutcher, a common adopter of overly-trendy items, wore this beige beanie with a suit and tie to GQ’s Gentleman’s Ball and then again to the premier of the film Killers. Style moves as bad as these often live long in the memory and thanks to the internet, these poor style choices are constantly relived.
Now, for those of us who still have one of those floppy hats lying around, I have a trick that will instantly take your look from Pete Wentz to Marvin Gaye. The key to completely changing the appearance of the beanie is to simply roll up the brim.
For those chilly commutes to work, roll the opening once to transform that drab beanie into a classic cap. To add a little extra swagger, roll it up once more and expose your ears. The key to nailing this look is to make sure the hat stays tailored to your head, so if you have one of those chunkier knitted beanies… then it’s time to say goodbye.