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During the holiday season, the winter weather is easily masked by the festive decor and fun-filled gatherings. It's only now that we start to recognize that the chilly temperatures are less than ideal.
While you may already own the best coat out there, winter accessories are not to be overlooked this time of year. That's right — don't underestimate the power of a cozy hat to combat the cold.
And if you're on the hunt for an affordable option, we found a tried-and-true bestseller that won't let you down: the Carhartt A18 Watch Hat.
Outerwear company Carhartt originally designed the hat in 1987 as a workwear piece due to its simple design and durability. The winter accessory was only available in two colors as a gift with purchase but quickly became a favorite among everyone from construction workers to students.
Eventually, the Watch Hat became so popular that it was produced in more shades and became available for purchase.
Over 30 years later, the brand's signature hat remains a customer favorite.
With over 12,000 reviews on Amazon and a 4.7-star average, it's a winter essential that continues to live up to its high expectations.
It may look simple, but this $14 hat doesn't lack in quality.
Carhartt's unisex hat is made with a thick, acrylic rib-knit material and features a fold-up cuff for added structure and warmth. It comes in 22 different colors, from a versatile black to bright orange.
Buyers point out that this simple hat is functional, stylish and wallet-friendly.
"I bought this beanie for my brother as a stocking stuffer and he loves it. Not only is the Carhartt brand really in style but they know how to make a really warm beanie," said one Amazon buyer.
Another commented on how well the hat holds up — even in the chilliest of environments.
"When the sides are up, the hat really covers the ears well and keeps my head warm in the freezing cold Midwest winter months! Many women's winter hats, in general, seem to be more fashion than function — not these! These are cute and do their job!"
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