With all these animal printed hats floating around, Penn State is starting to resemble a jungle. They certainly stand out in a crowd of simple winter hats, but does that necessarily mean they’re fierce?
There are some pros and some cons to this eccentric fad. One pro is that they’re extremely practical. Warm and fuzzy inside and out, they look and feel like the coziest hats on earth. The long flaps that cover your ears are a lifesaver on the most frigid days in State College, which is unfortunately every day now.
Speaking of the long flaps/paws, that aspect of these hats could double as a pro and a con. On one hand, the pockets serve as a convenient place to warm your hands or keep your phone. On the other hand, they are super long animal paws that sometimes go down to your thighs… Something tells me a lot of people would feel uncomfortable with that.
The greatest thing about these hats is the amount of styles you have to choose from. Depending on your mood, you can choose between various exotic animals; they come in leopard, cheetah, bear, panda, zebra, koala and even cow print. Khloe Kardashian has been spotted in a cheetah print one, but we all know that that doesn’t necessarily make them the hottest new item.
If you want to stray away from the exotic route and stay true to your school, there are blue and white lion hats available at Madison’s Hat’r located downtown on South Pugh Street.
If you care about staying warm and don’t mind some stares from fellow pedestrians, wear that cozy panda bear hat with pride.
Photo by Tyler Hankins