I've seen many middle-aged and elder gentlemen wear caps and hats like these in the winter, when it's quite cold outside, when normal people wear caps that cover the ears. Why do people do this? Just to look great (which it indeed does)? Is it not as important to cover the ears as it is to cover the head? Maybe it's just a myth that exposing your ears to too much cold can cause ear damage? We have probably all seen those photos of people wearing those caps and hats from the Great Depression. Out in the cold waiting in bread lines, or engaging in a bank run, wearing their nice looking hats and caps. Do ears basically not matter? Some thoughts on this would be appreciated.