Head Case

I don’t know about where you live, but where I’m currently stationed it’s been a very wintery winter. And to that end, I’ve heard horror stories of snowfalls shutting down metropolises and bone-chilling mornings in the -40’s across the nation. Yikes. My mom instilled in me at a pretty young age that given we’re a climate where you wear coats (and mitts and toques) for about half the year, it’s okay to not only spend a little more on your outerwear, but to have multiples. After all, it’s that outerwear that’ll often give people a first (and sometimes last) impression about your personal style. Find me a Canadian boy or girl that lives with one pair and mitts or a single jacket year-round and I’ll be shocked. With that in mind I wanted to introduce you to a fun and fab outerwear accessories company from the USA called YAK Apparel.

YAK ApparelThese beautiful (and warm!) hats are available for both men and women – like the cheery yellow-and-grey guy’s Wool Hat ($24.99) pictured on the left and the girly pink-and-brown Faux Fur Hat ($34.99 but on sale as of me writing this post) on the right. Although the company is based in Boston, they actually draw their inspiration from much, much further away.

YAK Apparel Fleece Lined Natural HatThe company was founded after a trip to Nepal and the discovery of talented artisans weaving elegant silk scarves and snug knit caps by hand. Inspired not only by the artistry, but the work ethic, entrepreneurs Marion & Sanjay saw an opportunity to create a chic line of winter accessories that would allow the folks in Nepal to make a decent living, and the heads of North Americans to be warm and stylish. Knowing that bit of back story makes the downhome embroidery of hats like this classic fleece-lined Natural Pom Pom Hat ($35.99, but also on sale) make perfect sense – doesn’t it remind you of those kitschy yet on-point Fair Isle sweaters?

YAK Apparel Blue Melange Head WrapOf course, I recognize not every girl wants to don a full-on cozy toque, nor does the climate always call for it. Hence why YAK Apparel’s fun line of winter headwear alternatives also tops my books – like this Blue Melange Head Wrap ($19.99 but on sale!) – that’s kind to your hair, works with just about any colour of winter coat, and still manages to keep your ears (the worst when they’re cold) absolutely warm. Looking for something a little toastier but not ready to commit to an earflap hat? YAK Apparel also offers a line of hand knit beanies for a classic Canuck look.

Green Knit Ear Flap HatAlso genius is the fact this is one of the few fashion retailers out there that I feel comfortable with saying is a pretty safe bet for the guys on your list. Oddly enough, men tend to be a little more lax in terms of how much ‘style’ they allow in their outdoor accessories. Try and force a cravatte or a pink dress shirt on your guy and expect to be rebuffed. Give him a hand knit cap in lime green and grey ($24.99 but on sale!) and suddenly he’s game. YAK Apparel has a good collection of guys caps and they really do make great gifts – your brother, dad, boyfriend, and best friend will all appreciate this safe style statement.

YAK Apparel HatsOne last little style factoid for you: because the hats are made of wool, you know you’ll stay nice & snug, but since every hat is lined with fleece of faux fur, you also avoid that itchy feeling or gaps that tend to come with wool. Genius! Hats in general really are a fail safe gift idea. As I alluded to, winterwear is a category of clothing that never goes out of style for Canadians, and the price point makes it totally accessible whether you’re shopping for Great Aunt Suzy or your very best friend Stacey. And with the amazing sale currently taking place at YAK Apparel, you better believe now’s the time to stock up for year-round gift-giving (although fair warning, summer is not cool to give away a hot hat). YAK Apparel hats are sold in over 2,000 retailers throughout the USA, but up here in Canada you’ll have to settle for shopping on their website. The good news? Shipping is a total bargain of about $5 an order. Want to learn more about the brand? You can also dive into their Pinterest, Blog, Tumblr, and StumbleUpon accounts for the latest & greatest!

To keep one of you nice & toasty as we cruise through the final weeks (or realistically, months) of winter, I’m offering up a YAK Apparel hat of your choice to one lucky winner. Here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment by March 1st with your favourite YAK Apparel hat – please list it by name & include a link back to it after browsing their fun site!

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around March 2nd to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Like YAK Apparel on Facebook and tell them what you think of their hats to earn yourself a bonus entry. Be sure to tell me your FB username and / or link to your wall post in the comments below so I can count your entry.

96 Responses to “Head Case”
  1. diane p says:

    Facebook liked and commented.

  2. Like them on facebook and left an honest and very cute message on their wall. 🙂
    doreen lamoureux

  3. Leah says:

    My favorite item is the Womens gray white striped beanie

  4. Dreena says:

    This is a great hat!! I like the colours and the pom poms:


  5. Linda says:

    the hats all look so cute and warm. Can’t decide upon only one so, I would go for the “Hats for Holiday Gifts 6 Hat Pack” YAK12151C207jb so that I can have a different hat for each day

  6. Suzanne G says:

    Liked and commented on FB

    Suzanne Giroux

  7. Louise says:

    Like YAK Apparel on Facebook -fb name louise gilbert

  8. darlene boyle says:

    head wrap

  9. Rose says:

    I like the Womens blue earflap winter hat faux fur lined .

  10. Rose says:

    Liked them and commented- Holly Hill

  11. I love the Natural Pom Pom Hat in grey

  12. Wendy Dickinson says:

    Liked on FB as Wendy Dickinson and left a comment.

  13. Wendy Dickinson says:

    Love this one – http://shop.yakapparel.com/dark-green-and-white-striped-beanie-yak11171.htm

    msdickinson28 at hotmail dot com

  14. Francesca says:

    My favorite is the Womens pink black earflap wool trapper hat , liked and left a comment

  15. beewbedard says:

    Liked YAK Apparel on Facebook and left comment

  16. B Batten says:

    Liked Yak Hats
    Womens beige faux fur earflap trapper hat is my fav. Smile

  17. Debbie Petch says:

    I liked Yak Facebook.

  18. Jennifer C. says:

    I love the “Orange earflap knitted winter hat!”

    Here is the link: http://shop.yakapparel.com/Orange-earflap-knitted-winter-hat-yak11151C202.htm

  19. leah says:

    http://shop.yakapparel.com/Womens-beige-faux-fur-earflap-trapper-hat-yak11185.htm Love this one – Faux Fur Earflap trapper hat. Commented on their fb page. Thanks

  20. Lisa says:

    I like the Womens grey blue ear flap winter hat.

  21. janicour says:

    I could not make up my mind so I thought this was such a great deal http://www.shop.yakapparel.com/Hats-for-Holiday-Gifts-6-hat-pack-YAK12151C207jb.htm

    Liked on facebook and commented.

  22. jm says:

    Faux Fur Earflap trapper hat

  23. Liked. ssanderson33 at hotmail dot com

  24. patricia says:

    I like all of them

  25. mousecat says:

    I like the Pink and purple knitted trapper hat faux fur lined. Here’s the link: http://shop.yakapparel.com/Pink-and-purple-knitted-trapper-hat-faux-fur-lined-yak11161C365.htm

  26. Lori P says:

    I also like the Women’s grey blue ear flap winter hat. (Really!)

  27. Virginia Buck says:

    My favorite would be the Womens blue earflap winter hat faux fur lined. Keep my ears warm. LOL

  28. Christine S says:

    I love the Women’s natural earflap hat with pom poms
    it looks so warm

  29. Carol Oddy says:

    Love the blue knit hat with faux fur marked down to $15.75 from $45.00. You have so many different hats that I liked.

  30. julie says:

    ttp://shop.yakapparel.com/Elegant-womens-winter-trapper-hat-brown-faux-fur-lining-yak11159C367.htm Winter Trapper hat , brown faux fur lining
    Very nice.

  31. L. M. Leitch says:

    I can only choose one? Lol. I love them all, but since we’re above the snowline here and a lot of my buddies wear “Mad Trapper” hats, I’d say Womens beige faux fur earflap trapper hat

  32. Daria Gefrerer says:

    My favourite is the Natural Pom Pom Hat – very cute!

  33. Victoria Ess says:

    I love the Womens natural color snow flake pattern earflap winter hat —


  34. Sara Macdonald says:

    Wow these hats are cute! I like all the colour options for this fleece lined pompom hat! http://shop.yakapparel.com/Purple-womens-earflap-winter-pompom-trapper-hat-YAK11157C459.htm

  35. Pamalot says:

    my fave hat is the Womens pink black earflap wool trapper hat

  36. Pamalot says:

    i like YAK on facebook
    and commented
    pam w h

  37. MARION VARDY says:

    my fave hat is the Womens pink black earflap wool trapper hat

  38. Sydney D says:

    liked them on facebook and posted!

  39. Glogirl says:

    I like the Womens natural color snow flake pattern earflap winter hat ~ http://shop.yakapparel.com/Womens-natural-color-snow-flake-pattern-earflap-winter-hat-Yak11151C233.htm

  40. Elaan says:

    The fleece-lined crochet hat!

  41. Jennifer Deol says:

    The Womens beige faux fur earflap trapper hat is really cute!

  42. Anne Derkat says:

    I like the girly pink & brown Faux Fur Hat

  43. Jaimee Mcallister says:

    My favorite Yak Apparel hat is http://shop.yakapparel.com/Purple-faux-fur-lined-womens-pompom-trapper-hat-YAK11166C502.htm
    SOOOO pretty and stylish

  44. Holly says:

    Ive always wanted a hat like the blue winter trapper hat grey hat with faux fur accents.

  45. angela mitchell says:

    I like the Purple faux fur lined womens pompom trapper hat.

  46. I Like YAK Apparel on Facebook and commented! (Rebecca Roberts)
    rebthecatsitter at gmail dot com

  47. Annie Demill says:

    http://shop.yakapparel.com/Blue-winter-trapper-hat-grey-faux-fur-accents-YAK11181.htm I have always wanted a trappers hat! My husband has one, so why not me? Liked on facebook and commented

  48. Alison K says:

    My favourite YAK Apparel hat is their “Womens natural color ear flap winter hat gray faux fur lined” (http://shop.yakapparel.com/Womens-natural-color-ear-flap-winter-hat-gray-faux-fur-lined-yak11160C374.htm).

    Bonus Entry: Liked YAK Apparel on Facebook and left a comment (https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=552647048092442&id=193587237323672)


  49. lisa bolduc says:

    i would pick the Purple faux fur lined womens pompom trapper hat http://shop.yakapparel.com/Purple-faux-fur-lined-womens-pompom-trapper-hat-YAK11166C502.htm

  50. aimee says:

    faux fur womens hat with the pink not sure how to put the link on it

  51. william fraser says:

    like the lime green and grey hat liked and commented on their facebook site!!!

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