My daughters all walk or cycle to school and they needed hats. One wanted a proper 'beanie' hat, and this looked cute. It is exactly like it looks in the pictures, big big beanie poof on top. It's warm with the fleece lining and isn't itchy. I have pretty sensitive skin and I can't wear a lot of fleece as it is itchy, I wore this to town a bunch and it didn't give me any problems. It wasshed pretty well. The beanie poof needed to be re-poofed after a wash, but that is to be expected. Still looks adorable.