Wool is an Irish fabric that is sheared from a sheep’s coat. It is then woven into fabric. Wool has a great ability to hold in warmth during cold weather, but thats not all. Wool breathes well in warm weather, but it should be a very thin fabric of wool. It also naturally repels water to some degree making it ideal for hats. A baseball cap won’t keep you dry or warm in the winter chill. The best quality of wool, however is that it will still keep you warm when it is wet, unlike cotton. Now you must be thinking that these are some pretty lucky sheep, and the Irish were difinatley on to something. Besides just hats wool is the standard fabric for dress suits. This is for all of the reasons above and…wool is naturally wrinkle resistant. This isn’t as important for hats but it does make wool a very wearable fabric.
There are two very popular kinds of hats that are made out of wool. The first is a very simple cap that is popular for skiing. It is form fitting to the head and is sometimes referred to as a sock for your head. It is a very warm hat for its size and is easily crushed down for portability. The second popular style of wool hat is the bowler hat made famous by British businessmen. It has a medium sized rim all around it and is usually black in color. This is a standard business dress hat that is perfect for the city where you do more walking to and from work. There are many different kinds of wool hats these days, but these have been around for a long time and are still popular today.