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    The History Of The Development Of Beanies

    • Author:aungcrown
    • Source:Aung Crown
    • Release on:2021-01-20
    The beanie hat, a smaller close fitting hat, that originated in the United States in the early 1900's. The word "bean", back in the early 1900's, was slang for head. In the early 1900's the hats were worn by mostly college students, and in the 1950's they were worn by college freshmen as a form of hazing. The beanie hat also became very popular with blue collar workers who wore them not only to keep their head warm, but to keep their hair out of the way, and the hat had no brim to obstruct their work. You can get them either with or without brims. The hats with brims normally have a lot smaller brim than your normal baseball cap. Actually, the baseball cap evolved from the beanie with the brim.

    At the time, the beanie hat was not traditionally know to be a fashionable accessory, they were worn more so for necessity. But, with the fashion trends of the 1990's, the beanie seem to gain more and more popularity. Normally worn by boys, more girls were seen wearing them. Sports figures started wearing them more as well. The college kids were adding their school emblems, colors and, favorite sports teams and logos, making them become part of the norm. In the beginning, the hats were mainly made from wool. Now, you find that they are made not only from wool, but synthetic materials, and fleece. The fleece material keeps away the moisture that the skiers and snowboarders have to deal with, not to mention keeping the head warm.

    One style of beanie that was adopted by an artist/fiction writer, Ray Nelson, was the propeller beanie, also known if you wore one as a propeller-head. Shortly after that, the propeller hat was used by a lot of the cartoon characters, and used in comic books. The hat had an actual propeller on the top of it. The propeller beanie fell by the wayside, and in the mid 1970's the interstellar propeller hat appeared on the scene. This was a multi-colored baseball cap with a propeller on it's top. Another style that appeared after the propeller hat was the skullcap, which had four to six colored panels sewn together to form the hat. Eventually they started adding short brims and ear flaps to keep the ears warm.

    Today it seems that there are numerous styles and colors to choose from. Not only are boys, girls, men and women wearing beanies, but, small children are wearing them as well. You can find just about any color or style you are looking for.

    How to wear them
    The beauty of beanies is that they’re pretty adaptable, come in a variety of styles, colours and materials, and can be worn with all but the smartest outfits.

    For men, they can even help make formal wear seem relaxed. A thin, wool beanie in a dark colour can be worn with a smart suit on a winter work day. But they can also be worn with ripped jeans and a t-shirt on a cool autumn evening.

    The best are made from soft wool, as they can breathe and absorb water. Find one either made from high quality wool or with a band inside to stop the wool from itching your head.

    Beanies are also a great way to add some colour to your outfit. Bright red ones came into fashion following Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, but mustard yellow or dark green are also great colours. You still can’t go wrong with muted greys, blacks and blues.

    Try and get one that fits fairly snug to your head without any flop at the back. Avoid big logos and, for men, bobbles are just a passing fad.

    This winter, hats are the must have accessory, with Russian, fluffy hats and beanie hats all taking pride of place on the catwalk. The Beanies for us is an all time favourite as it protects your head and your ears from the cold, enabling you to keep warm in the coldest of temperatures! Here's a few ideas on how to make a fashionable beanie hat for yourself...

    Before you start upon attaching your design, you need to think about what will look good on your beanie hat. Beanie hats are quite easy to decorate and they go well with a number of creative designs. Here's a few fabric trim ideas:

    - The Cute Animal: It is a favourite for adults and kids. Animals such as bears and pandas are easy to do, as they require the minimal amount of trims for your beanie hat. Hand make pompoms for ears (in black if panda) and use buttons for the eyes and nose. For a bear use black buttons, whilst for a panda use small white buttons on a darker black button or piece of fabric cut into the correct shape. For the nose cut out a triangular shape piece of fabric or sew on a heart shaped button in black.

    - The Sequined One: Sequins never grow old with us girls. Currently, there are some really lovely sequined hats on the market, which can easily be replicated at home. The Black Floral sequined hat from River Island particularly caught our eye this season. Simply sew on beads, sequins, ribbon fabric trims and beaded flowers (which can be bought pre-made) onto your hat, and voila you have a fashionable and glamorous hat!

    - The Corsage: Adding a corsage is a great way to make your beanie hat a little funkier. Corsages made of silk like shiny materials, lace and gemstones look very classy at the moment. You can either create your own corsage or purchase a pre-made one which can be sewed on.

    Whatever you choose to design, remember to have the correct colour thread and a thin needle for sewing on corsages, buttons and sequins. If you don't know how to design your winter hats, you can contact aungcrown.