Anaheim Ducks beanie

Anaheim Ducks beanie

Beanies

The beanie can be part of your look from Fall to Spring (for those chilly nights).  Mitchell and Ness, 47, and New Era make beanies, each doing it their own way.  New Era tends to make them thin, 47 makes them a bit thicker and Mitchell and Ness makes them real chunky.

The two popular beanies come either with a pom on the top or without.  And they come with a cuff or without.  The one you see pictured above is a cuffed beanie with a pom which is  a favorite amongst the masses.

Beanies are made with teams from the NBA, MLB, NFL, College and NHL.  Not all teams get made due to low demand.  Certain teams just don’t sell merchandise well due to a variety of reasons like poor team history, current season not going well, the logo or the colors are not a hit with the crowds.

They’re mostly made with 100% acrylic and are knitted fabric.  And they do a great job of shielding you from the cold.  We’re up in the Northeast and the weather here has been sort of mild during the day but you still need to cover up your head in the evening.  We can only imagine what it’s like in places like Los Angeles where the temps at night definitely call for a beanie without a doubt.

Chicago Blackhawks beanie

Chicago Blackhawks beanie

As the days go by, places like Brazil, New Zealand and Australia are going to be heading towards winter.  They’ll surely need a few beanies to keep them warm.  We do ship to those countries and many more.

We ship with USPS for everything and we only do USPS priority or express.  We don’t use first class because it’s unreliable and a customer service nightmare for all involved.  We used to use UPS but customer package would get stolen.  Apparently it’s not such a high risk to steal a UPS package compared to one from the United States Postal Service.  Stealing US mail is serious.  We’ve been shipping beanies with USPS with great results.  And they are pretty quick! Did you know that USPS insurance is included with every Cranium Fitteds order up to USPS’ $50 limit?  If you want more because your order is more, then select the insurance option during checkout.

Getting back to the topic of beanies, what better way to stay warm then to rep your favorite teams?  There’s no reason why you should only be restricted to just one beanie.  You have the choice of multiple leagues to get at least 4 beanies.  Now that’s a nice mix of hats.

Beanies have been popular for decades now.  Sure some years you see a spike in demand.  Old man winter is sure to come around every year and most likely you’re going to need to replace that year old beanie.  So as you can see, the cycle is never ending.  So demand for beanies stays consistent.

Chicago Bulls beanie

Chicago Bulls beanie

About 4 years ago, we saw a surge in beanies.  We had some pretty cold winters and lots of snow here in the Northeast.  Everywhere you looked, people were wearing a cuffed beanie with a pom.  The last couple of winters have been mild in comparison especially this recent one.  Therefore, we did see a drop in beanie demand than other years but that’s to be expected especially on the East Coast.  The West is different because their temperature drops significantly at night warranting a nice warm beanie to battle the chill.

Still even if you’re wearing a hoody, it’s not enough.  You really need some added protection against mother nature.

Now let’s talk about quality.  The brands have been doing a great job collectively.  The workmanship is very clean and the knits are properly done.  We inspect all products that enter our facility one by one and beanies is one of the cleanest categories.   We rarely ever have any issues with them.  As someone who’s worked with a lot of hats, let me tell you from a quality standpoint we love beanies, they’re so easy to deal with.

Brooklyn Nets beanies

Brooklyn Nets beanies

Design-wise beanies are a classic.  We can imagine cave people probably wore them.  They’re that vital.  Before viral there was vital.  This to concur what we said about beanies before.  They are an essential element in your toolbox.  You know how sometimes you go out without a hat on and a brisk wind take the top of your head off and the next day your coughing and sneezing.  Protect yourself from the elements with a beanie.

We’ve seen many beanie designs over the years.  They’ve been done in cement print to match Air Jordans, they’ve been done with 3m printing for that reflective look, they’ve even been done with pins.  Unlike fitteds and snapbacks, there are hardly any exclusive sports licensed beanies out there except those made exclusive for the big box chains.  The possibilities are endless but the classic toned down beanies always do great.  And if you’re a fan, go all out for your team and rep them to the fullest with team colored beanies.

Of all the sports leagues, you see NFL players wearing beanies the most because of their playing environment.  When you’re playing in freezing weather and you’re standing on the sideline, you definitely need a beanie to keep you warm so you’ll see they wear a specific design of beanie made just for the sidelines.  There’s a fitted made for the sideline too.

Chicago White Sox beanies

Chicago White Sox beanies

We love when the trend for pom beanies goes up.  The people wearing them just look like they’re enjoying themselves more.  Maybe it’s the power of the pom?  These days people seem too serious and need a pom makeover.

Let’s talk about how to care for beanies.  The great thing about them is you don’t have to tip toe around them like you do with fitteds and snapbacks.  You can roll them up and not worry about creases.  Still, we don’t recommend you throw them in the washing machine.  A trip to the dry cleaners would be your best bet.  Anyways, as we were saying you don’t have to be so gentle with them, you can even put them in your coat pocket when entering a building and not worry about damaging your beanie.  That’s one less thing you have to worry about.

How do you wear a beanie?  It’s all about your preference.  If you have a beanie with a logo on it you can either wear it with the logo centered on your head or you can rotate it slightly sideways if you want to be rebellious.  The cuff beanies are great because they allow you to bring the back of the beanie down to cover the back of your neck.  They’re functional pieces.  You can do the same with a non cuff beanie but then the front portion will start to bunch up.

We can sit here and write volumes about beanies and all aspects of them.  Unfortunately, they don’t get a true following like they should.  Most people are focusing on other things and treat beanies as a necessary commodity that has to fit in with what they already bought aka their sneakers.  We can’t blame the masses, with so much going on with life there’s not much time to devote to beanies we suppose.

It’s amazing how people buy beanies in bulk it seems.  We see the usual one offs but we also see a lot of people ordering 4 or more.  As we mentioned earlier, if you took your favorite teams, you’d wind up with 4 choices – that’s if you even have 4 favorite teams.  But hey, we have the selection for you if you do.

Skaters tend to wear snapbacks and beanies.  Some choose not to wear sports licensed beanies and opt for streetwear brands instead.  That’s great because we have those in stock as well.  We try to cater to different needs.  Many of the styles the streetwear brands make actually mimic those made by the manufacturers for the leagues.  In a sense, they’re just swapping the team name with their brand’s name.  Many brands have done this from Supreme to Huf to Diamond and more.  You would think they’d want to differentiate a bit but that’s not the case it seems for whatever reason.  Maybe the sports licensed manufacturers are looked up to?  That would make the most sense.

Baltimore Bullets beanies

Baltimore Bullets beanies

A lot of people can relate to the beanies that we offer because of the impact sports has on the lives of millions of people.  For some, they need to express their love for their team by wearing fan gear whenever possible.  There are companies out there selling team blankets for those who can’t dare sleep without one.  We say that to illustrate the point that sports has a big influence on many people.

Whether it’s warm or cold outside, people love expressing their team love or their particular style.  There are people out there who literally only wear beanies and they they wear them from the minute they rise till they go to bed.  Is it because they’re bald?  Who knows, probably.  There are thousands if not millions of people out there that love their team so much they’ll wear their beanie with their team jacket and probably have team socks and underwear underneath.

Why?  Because they’re fans which is short for fanatics.  Is it a good thing or a bad thing?  It’s neither.  It’s preference.  Why not go all out and root for your team?  If all you care about is the New York Yankees and want to wear their beanie to keep warm and it has a little pom on the top, do you care?  Nope.  In fact you’re a happy fella.

Now, this should really go without saying but you should never share your beanie unless you want to get lice.  Seriously though, who does that?  “Hey man, can I borrow your beanie?”  Uhm, no get out of my space, thanks.  I mean, didn’t they learn anything in grammar school?

Charlotte Hornets beanies

Charlotte Hornets beanies

Luckily, beanies don’t need as much care and attention as fitteds/snapbacks do but you may go the extra distance and protect them with sneaker protection to keep stains at bay.  We highly recommend you do so on whites and other light colors.  A good brand is Crept Protect.  A single coating can last you months.  It’s not a high price to pay to protect your investment.  We wouldn’t recommend you spray the product inside the beanies.

How to deal with  loose strings?  Try a light pull.  If it’s a detached string, it should come right out.  However, if it seems like it’s sewn in, stop right there are get yourself a small pair of scissors.  You want to cut as close to the fabric as possible being careful not to cut into the beanie itself.  As we mentioned prior the brands have been doing an amazing job with the beanies, they’re pretty clean for the most part.  However while you own the product, make sure you don’t pull on the strings to break them off as you will do more harm than good – possibly ruining the beanie altogether.

Boston Red Sox beanies

Boston Red Sox beanies

How should you store your beanie?  Store them in a drawer to protect them from air dust.  Keep the cuff folded at the seams properly (iron whenever the crease fades away).  Stack up your beanies on opposing sides to prevent them from stacking un-uniformly.  Laying as is is recommended and not folding.  If you choose to fold your beanie, your risk creating an unsightly crease in the applique or the material itself.

What is the life of the product?  That depends on many factors such as time worn, intensity of physical activity, level of perspiration, etc.  When you start seeing little fuzz balls it means your hat is getting old and it’s time to start looking for a new one.  Choose to ignore and your hat will start to look really outdated and you’ll look like a bummy dude out there.  You don’t want to do that especially when the price of a new beanie is about $24.

 

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