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How To: Keep a good (and warm) head on your shoulders

Let me go ahead and cut right to the chase. It’s getting cold. You know it, I know it.

So, now the question: “What do I put on my head?” I’m going to give you a handful of options I think should encase the spectrum, whether you’re wearing a stocking cap for fashionz, or if you’re actually needing it because your head is cold. Oh, both you say? Good call. When it comes to throwing a new cap into the mix, there are basically a few groups: real affordable, the $100 range, or that luxe life.

First off, for the newly appointed genre of menswear…on that ramen budget. I’ve got you covered, #peasantmenswear types. (Thanks, Cam.) For this group, there are a good number of brands out there slingin’ hats (“like, whoa”) to keep you outfitted. MujiTopman, Carhartt, and American Apparel, just to begin—options on options on options. Here are a couple to highlight:
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Target: Merona did it again. A number of colors, and it’s hard to beat $4.99 #targetdoesitagain. It’s kind of like when those TY Beanie Babies were being considered “investments.” You kids of the 90′s remember that, right? Well, if you’re like Jeff and me, you’ll buy one of these Merona caps in at least 5 colors. I can’t say the return on your investment will be all that great, but compared to how it worked out for those Beanie Baby collectors, the odds are in our favor.

 

Zara has a slew of options (patterns, stripes, dots, you name it) under $20:
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For that next group not afraid to spring a little dough for something to cover your mug but also not trying to break the bank (cause beanies have a tendency to fall out of coat pockets when not on said head), you’ve got options: APC, Norse Projects, Journal Standard, Beams+, the list goes on. Here’s a few:

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Club Monaco : Kensington Cashmere (multiple colors, but this blue is the favorite), $79.50.
Italian cashmere with cuff detail, warmth, and comfort.
Pretty much everything one might need.

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Marc x Marc Jacobs, $120.
Merino wool that will provide warmth and comfort, and also let everyone know: “Hey, look at my awesome new hat!” (If you’re into that sort of thing, we won’t judge you.)

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And for those of you with the money tree in the backyard, or money just ain’t a thing (we’re not mad at ya), you’ve got some options: Moncler, Nigel Cabourn, or what’s that hat, Margiela? At a cool $295, this slouchy cashmere beanie does it all. Well, ok, so it really only sits slouches off your head. But hey, it will make you look cool, so there’s that.

 

Some final thoughts: All in all, I’m not big on the whole “beanie with a brim” thing. My mom always said if you ever have to second guess, “Just say no.” And I think that motto fits appropriately in relation to beans with brims.

 

As for the slouchy beanie, I think when done right it can be a good look. Keywords: “when” and “done” and “right.” I personally tend to go with something that has a little more form, but I think there are some good options out there if you want to get your slouch on. Urban Outfitters has you covered. Herehere, or here. Hey, what else says you’re channeling your inner Justin Bobby, Johnny Depp, or Becksy than a nice slouchy beanie?

 

What did I miss? Is there a brand or style of sharp looking, head covering awesomeness you find yourself loving/wearing the most?

Anth(bro)pologie

You don’t need a chaperone to walk into an Anthropologie.
You can do it all by yourself, man. And if you’re dragged into the store by your lady or mom, bite your tongue, put away your phone and take a peek around. Sure, it’s a white girl’s haven of Pinterest-worthy finds that she pins and pins and pins away at into the wee hours in the morning. 
But they also carry a hefty amount of home and kitchen supplies with a quirky appeal that will surely bring all you snobby mid-century modern wankity wanks an upturned nose. Well, try on a beatnik hat for a change and embrace the wonderland. She could spend a while in a store, probably just as long as she could pinning and pinning and pinning away her imaginary bedroom.
We totally spend the same amount of time on fantasy football leagues, so I think we can take one for the team.
Being the quintessential friend of the quintessential Pinterest girl, I ventured into Anthropologie this past week and found a few things that you might like as well. I was actually looking for bed sheets and walked out with a candle. So, go figure this post was about to happen.

  • Anthropologie can take a hint that men are filthy booze hounds: 
    • Silver spoon ($7); piece of cake ($8) and horn bottle opener ($30)
  • Pocket square, snot rag or fancy cloth napkin. You decide.
    • Literary correspondance napkin set ($30).
  • Because you’re using your mason jar to drink fancy drinks out of:
    • Besom holder ($70) to hold your blades and fancy pens.
  • Because you already have a tin to hold your pipe tobacco:
    • Classic bike repair tin kit ($14). Hey, it looks cool, and it’s practical.
  • The most masculine candle from a woman’s store:
    • Voluspa “Baltic Amber” glass jar candle ($26). No assembly required.
  • Warm those hard floors a bit, yeah?
    • Festival rug ($78). You can have some color in your house, I swear.
Of all the things I want or need (or think I need to want), the bottle openers catch my eye. For my first two months since relocating to Brooklyn, my bottle opener was a lighter. I just recently upgraded to a shitty four-dollar one from the local bodega. I also spent $26 on a candle and bought the one above.
Punch me or whatever, but then smell my room and you’ll find that it no longer reeks of gym clothes, stale air and seasonal allergies.