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The beanie hat - your must-have 2016 investment piece

A beanie hat is more than just a must-have for your chilly ears this season; it’s also a wardrobe staple and a top 2016 trend according to glossy fashion bible, Harper’s Bazaar.

The festive season may be long gone, but the winter winds are still going strong. It’s not time to pack away your winter woollies just yet.

Few may have predicted the appeal of the humble beanie hat would last as long as it has amongst fashion lovers. It’s now a firm favourite in all wardrobes of the world.

Fashion designers are always striving to create signature pieces that will stand the test of time, but only a handful can say they have originated something as wearable and enduring as the beanie hat.

Inspired by the “skull-cap”, worn by tradesmen and labourers to keep hair out of their eyes, the cosy knitted accessory is a far cry from its humble roots.

It is now available in a spectrum of colours, styles and fabrics, aiding its transition into the signature style item that fills the shelves of men’s, women’s and children’s wear retailers during the autumn/winter season.

Here at Love Your Clothes we know only too well that simplicity in the design and some TLC can help make some items transition into the timeless elite.

With hundreds of versions to choose from you’re sure to find the perfect one for you. However always remember to invest in quality over quantity so that you get more wear out of your super stylish accessory. A little TLC for your winter woollens will make it go even further!

How to care for your beanie

Our textiles expert, Lynn Wilson, shares her CARE routine for her prized beanies.

Clean

  • Don’t wash your beanie hat too much; it makes it lose its shape and shortens its lifespan. Only wash it when it really needs at 30degrees (max) with a gentle washing detergent. Try spot cleaning stains instead of washing the whole garment.
  • Hand wash if necessary but don’t let the water run straight onto the garment from the tap as it can matt the fibres.
  • Dry it flat away from a radiator – gently pull the garment to the correct shape while it is still damp.
  • Do not iron the garment when wet.

Avoid

  • Put lavender bags or cedar wood balls next to your woollens to deter moths.

Repair

  • Pilling or bobbling can be removed easily by a de-fuzzing comb or machine.

Enjoy

  • Make sure your woollens are clean and dry before you put them away into sealed plastic bags.