GVR Report cover Winter Hats Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Winter Hats Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Type (Beanies Hat, Bobble Hat, Winter Headbands), By Material (Wool, Polyester), By Gender (Men, Women, Kids), By Distribution Channel, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2022 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68039-956-1
  • Number of Pages: 79
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Report Overview

The global winter hats market size was valued at USD 25.7 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.0% from 2022 to 2030. Increasing awareness about the fashion trends globally, changes in the environmental temperatures, and rising share of urban citizens are primary driving factor for the increasing of demand for winter hats over the years. At a macro level, factors such as increasing spending on apparel, increasing disposable income of consumers, and adoption of the online distribution channel are accelerating the demand for winter hats worldwide.

U.S. winter hats market size, by distribution channel, 2020 - 2030 (USD Billion)

Moreover, changing environmental conditions leads to low room temperature at many countries across the world, which in turn is primary driving factor for rising adoption of winter hats. Prominent brands within the industry are increasingly focusing on offering variety of winter hats in terms of colors, designs, styles, and sizes responding demands from consumers. The major companies operating in the industry are pandering in the production of distinctive products that can set them apart from the crowd. For instance, the use of new materials and partnerships with celebrities has led big companies to establish themselves in the headwear market. 

Winter hats are majorly manufactured from wool and cotton, which are used to protect head from coldness during the winter season. Additionally, these hats help maintain the temperature of head and keep the head warm. Along with coldness, winter hats are also protecting from dust and dirt in the environment. Variety of the styles and designs of the winter hats are attracting people for purchasing winter hats.

Rising impact of social media platforms such as Instagram, and Twitter, the adoption of trends by consumers, and improved fashion trends considering health, fashion, and beauty are generating the opportunities. Thus, vendors and brands are investing and innovating as per demand from the consumers as per requirements. Adoption of websites and mobile apps by winter hat vendors and brand for selling the products is generating the opportunity to grow the industry.

Various factors are challenging the winter hats market. Prominent vendors are launching products such as mufflers, muffs, and scarfs; which as a replacement for the winter hats. Moreover, winter hats may lead to breakage of hairs, cause scalp issues, and hair loss too. These hats may affect health and styles of the hairs. In additional to this, majorly many females do not prefer to wear winter hats, as long hairs do not fit inside hat.

Apparel industry is fully dependent on the skilled labor and raw materials. During COVID pandemic there was lack of skilled labor as well as raw materials. In addition to this, there was disruptions in the distribution channels. Global financial crisis because of the COVID 19 resulted into changing preferences and priorities such as decline spending and consumption of consumers. Thus, reduction in the demand for the winter hats was observed and market-experienced shortfall in the sales during COVID-19 pandemic. The industry is expected to witness a healthy growth rate in the upcoming years after COVID-19 pandemic.

Type Insights

The beanies hats dominated the market for winter hats and accounted for revenue share of over 40.0% in 2021. Beanies are multifunctional and many people use them for everyday wear in the city as well as for a ton of indoor and outdoor activities. Because of its essential function, hats in this style can be found independently in many regions with a cool climate throughout history. Beanies are very trendy amongst the youth as they go out with every outfit. Thus, beanies hats use is large over the years and it generated huge revenue in 2021.

The winter headbands segment is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 4.5% from 2022 to 2030. Headbands are useful in cool conditions to keep head warm. It protects the head from the cold and holds back hair for increased comfort. Headbands have been a go-to for many women to add a sense of professionalism or polish to their WFH looks. The accessory has also served as a mood booster during the monotony of working remotely, as many have favored bold colors and embellished styles. Thus, the winter headband segment is expected to witness a considerable CAGR over the forecast period.

Material Insights

The wool material segment dominated the market for winter hats and accounted for revenue share of more than 54.0% in 2021. The use of wool material for manufacturing of winter hats is large as it is readily available in natural fabric that is robust, breathable, warm and absorbent. Wool material is warmer than other fabrics because wool fibers trap air within them helping to insult from cold. Wools are available in various colors and shades thereby driving their usage largely in winters over the years. Thus, wool segment dominated the market for winter hats and collected large revenue in 2021.

The polyester category is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 4.4% from 2022 to 2030. Polyester is an inexpensive, synthetic, and man-made material which is strong and durable.  Hats made from polyester material is the great alternative for wool material. The use of polyester made winter hats is increasing rapidly over the last couple of years owing to its low weight as well as some of the blends are soft. Thus, it is expected that polyester will witness a considerable CAGR over the forecast period.

Gender Insights

The men segment dominated the market for winter hats and accounted for the largest revenue share of over 40.0% in 2021. During cold winter season, winter hats help maintain warmness of head. The usage of the winter is observed more in men as with shorts hair it can easily be worn. Moreover, men are outside controlled environments the home or offices, which require protecting the head from the coldness during winter season. Thus, this segment accounted for the largest revenue share in 2021.

Global winter hats market revenue share, by gender, 2021 (%)

The women segment is expected to expand at a CAGR of 4.3% in the market for winter hats over the forecast period. The growth of women segment of winter hat is observed due to the increasing fashion awareness among the females. Moreover, adoption of social media trends and fashion show introductions in women is more, which is driving the growth of this segment during the forecast period. In addition to this, globally with increasing literacy and corporate culture, number of working women are moving out of their house which in turn is driving the product adoption. Thus, women segment is expected to witness the highest growth rate during forecast period.

Distribution Channel Insights

The offline channel segment contributed a revenue share of over 75.0% in 2021. The offline segment includes all type of organized and unorganized retails shops such hypermarkets distribution, and other retail stores. The huge number of retail shops across the globe is the primary factor for larger contribution of this segment to the global market. The shopping benefits such as festive and seasonal offers, discounted rate, lower prices, and big displays with freedom of selection are factors that drive consumers to visit their nearby retail shops. Furthermore, to ensure the in-store buying habits of customers such as trials and validation of products are maintained. The storeowners are coming up with innovative marketing and promotional activities.

The online category is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 4.7% from 2022 to 2030. Online distribution channel is gaining traction amongst consumers for purchasing variety of products. Online distribution channel is probing the industry for winter hats with e-commerce platforms and the growing adoption and usage of smartphones in daily life. Along with manufacturing vendors, e-commerce firms such as bigbasket.com, Amazon, and groffers.com are coming up with door-to-door delivery of products with an online exhibition of a large range of products. Online distribution channels make it easy and simple for consumers to browse via variety of products in one place without having to visit retail stores physically. Moreover, discount coupon offers provided by online platforms are influencing the buying behavior of the customers. In addition, growing smartphone penetration and availability of high internet access are also contributing to the growth rate.

Regional Insights

In Asia Pacific, the market is anticipated to expand at a fastest CAGR of 4.6% from 2022 to 2030. It is driven by rise in acceptance of wide categories of winter hat in countries such as China, Japan, South Korea, and India, along with large population base in the countries of Asia Pacific. Moreover, the winter hats use in the Asia Pacific holds a major share owing to the changing weather conditions in the countries of Southeast Asia. Moreover, the manufacturers and brands operating in this region are benefiting from expanding huge customer base with increasing purchasing power.

Winter Hats Market Trends by Region

In Europe, the market accounted for the largest revenue share of over 38.0% in 2021. The region is majorly contributed by countries such as Norway, Finland, Denmark, Russia and Sweden. Favorable environmental conditions for winter hats in countries such as Sweden, Norway, Finland drives the industry in Europe. The region is on northern side of the world which makes winter season lasts for more than 5 months, thereby resulting into increased buying of the products across the region. Thus, Europe is contributing the more to the global revenue.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The global market for winter hats has been characterized by the presence of both international and domestic players. Key participants in the industry compete primarily based on price and product quality. The threat of new entrants within the industry is expected to be low throughout the forecast period on account of the strong foothold of internationally reputed market players, including H&M, ZARA, and GAP. However, major players operating in this market are adopting organic and inorganic strategies such as product launch and enhancements, partnerships, collaborations, and acquisition. For instance, in November 2021, responding to the winter season, Aney Paul started the marketing drive for winter outerwear and blankets. Moreover, the company also launched winter accessories such as hats, scarves, gloves, socks, and mittens. Some of the prominent players in the winter hats market include:

  • Blauer Manufacturing Co., Inc.

  • H&M

  • OVS S.p.A

  • Poshmark, Inc.

  • Rothco

  • Supreme

  • Timberland

  • Woolrich, Inc.

  • ZARA

Winter Hats Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2022

USD 26.6 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 36.4 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 4.0% from 2022 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2017 - 2020

Forecast period

2022 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2022 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue Forecast, Company Ranking, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends

Segments covered

Type, material, distribution channel, gender, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific;Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Mexico; Sweden, Russia, Norway, Finland, Denmark; Iceland; China, India, Japan, South Korea; Argentina; United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia

Key companies profiled

Blauer Manufacturing Co., Inc.; H&M; OVS S.p.A; Poshmark, Inc.; Rothco; Gap Inc.; Supreme; Timberland; Woolrich, Inc.; ZARA.

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Global Winter Hats Market Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segment from 2017 to 2030. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global winter hats market report on the basis of type, material, gender, distribution channel, and region:

Global Winter Hats Market Segmentation

  • Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • Beanies Hat

    • Bobble Hat

    • Winter Headbands

    • Others

  • Material Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • Wool

    • Polyester

    • Other

  • Gender Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • Men

    • Women

    • Kids

  • Distribution Channel Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • Offline

    • Online

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Sweden

      • Russia

      • Norway

      • Finland

      • Denmark

      • Iceland

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • South Korea

    • Central & South America

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • United Arab Emirates

      • Saudi Arabia

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