As our faces begin to gray, our beards begin to flake and our bellies begin to grow, there's nothing better to keep out the cold, and cover up the growing sense of inadequacy, than the trusty trapper hat. Here are five of our favourites.
1 Inspired by the exploratory greats (think Shackelton, Scott and Amundsen) Napapijri produce super-insulatory (and surprisingly affordable) winter pieces. This brightly coloured take on the trapper - waterproof, complete with obligatory faux fur trim and available in black, blue, brown and orange - will keep the cold at bay.
Faux fur lined Techno Fabric water resistant hat, £49 www.napapijri.com
2 GANT's flannel trapper (above) is a simple, inexpensive take on the style. Despite the synthetic fur trim, insulation is good and streamlining is impressive. One you can wear into work without fear of Grizzly Adams reprisals.
GANT Flannel Trapper Hat, £45 www.gantuk.com
3 Ok, so it's not technically a trapper, but Lock & Co's fur hat in all it's visceral, mammalian goodness seemed just too cosy to omit. Based in London's historical St James, Lock & Co have been producing superior headgear since 1676 and this muskrat fur hat - despite the gargantuan price tag - will no doubt last you a good few lifetimes.
Lock & Co Muskrat fur hat, £550 www.lockhatters.co.uk
A stockier take on the trapper mould, Paul Smith's black sheepskin version- which offers superior insulation without the need for oversized furry flaps - is an understated, and relatively reasonable way to cash in on the trend.
Black sheepsking trapper hat, £115 www.paulsmith.co.uk
When the current face of superior American tailoring, Thom Browne, took to the helm at Moncler Gamme Bleu - the trend-led arm of the historic Italian sportswear brand - we were a little cynical, the common ground between the two seemed scarce.
We were wrong. Take, for example, this winter-wonder-snow-suit-extraordinaire. Resplendent in glossy beaver fur (though we're not entirely convinced by the strange velvet trousers) there's no denying the outfit's avant-garde credentials. What's more, the flyaway trapper hat is a sight to behold. Price (for the hat) is on request, so don't expect to be able to afford a holiday, or a mortgage, or kids.
Moncler Gamme Bleu trapper hat, price on request, www.moncler.com
Words by Teo van den Broeke