It’s cold enough now that a hat isn’t a statement accessory but a necessity. After all, when the world’s frozen over your ears will be the first extremities to go. Still, there’s no reason you can’t keep your lobes from frostbite and avoid looking like a deer hunter from the Midwest. Take these for example: our five favourite headwarmers of the season.

Filson Watch Cap Ribbed Wool Beanie (£45)

FILSON Watch Cap Ribbed Wool Beanie

You know where you are with a beanie. They’re simple, warm, simple… still, every now and then one comes around that’s a cut above. This Watch Cap from Filson is just that. It’s warning light orange can be seen through a snowstorm and the knitted wool, even if it’s not waterproof, is easily enough to keep the chill off. Wear with pretty much anything but tailoring; www.mrporter.com

Locke & Co. Astrakhan Faux Fur Hat (£265)

Locke & Co. Astrakhan Faux Fur Hat
While you might risk accidentally impersonating a Soviet-era Russian Premier, the traditional Central Asian Karakul has its benefits, especially this particularly handsome version from Jermyn Street’s own Lock & Co. The faux Persian lamb fur is lustrous and distinctive both and the hat is constructed with internal ear flaps for a dash extra warmth – if you want to risk its nonchalant, perched look that is; www.lockhatters.co.uk

Oliver Spencer Dock Ribbed Wool Beanie (£50)

Oliver Spencer Dock Hat Rib

A little subtler in colour than the Filson, this beanie is more classically nautical than mountaineering. The thick, ribbed wool clings to your head for warmth and comfort – and to stop it flying off in an offshore breeze – and the yellow works with any dark winter colours you care to throw at it. You should wear it rolled above the ears, but the other dockhands will probably forgive you if you at least covered the tips; oliverspencer.co.uk

Lock & Co. Vermont Shearling Hat (£265)

Vermont Sheepskin Hat

Slip this on before you head outside, and you’ll barely register the arctic temperatures of the Canadian mountains; you’ll also look like you own half of them. A contrast of light brown matte and wondrously soft shearling, it boasts the kind of impeccable craftsmanship you’d expect from Lock & Co’s seven generations-worth of experience. After unsnapping the ear flaps on a particularly frigid morning, you’ll be praising their name; www.mrporter.com

Undercover Faux Shearling-Trimmed Printed Nylon Trapper Hat (£175)

Undercover Faux Shearling-Trimmed Printed Nylon Trapper Hat

Ok so maybe there is something of a Midwestern hunter about this one, but you don’t need to be an expert bow hunter to appreciate its charms – especially if you’re a sci-fi fan. Like the rest of Undercover’s AW18 collection, the trapper hat takes inspiration from 2001: A Space Odyssey, with HAL 9,000’s full name on the front. The padded nylon shell and faux shearling are perfect for the cold of space and there’s not a cosmic baby in sight; www.mrporter.com