A Hatâ€™s Dictionary
Jan 31, 2019
A hat is a common fashion accessory for both men and women. It is an essential item in your wardrobe, and it adds elegance to your persona. Hats are not only functional, but they also make a strong style statement. Hats come in different designs, and they have changed their shapes with time.
In this article, we will take a look at some of the common types of hats and why they are popular:
• Cowboy Hat
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Cowboy hat has a profound impact on Western and Southern America where they became popular after ranchers donned them in their daily lives. But cowboy hats got worldwide fame through the movies in which the famous Hollywood celebrities wore them. Actors like Clint Eastwood and Ronald Reagan made them a cultural icon of the cowboy culture of Western America.
A cowboy hat is a symbol of masculinity. You can wear a cowboy hat with a pair of slim-fit jeans and cowboy boots to give yourself the macho look of a real alpha man. You can even use custom patches on your hat to give it a personalized look.
• Fedora Hat
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A fedora hat is both functional and chic. This hat looks equally stylish on both the genders. The use of fedora hat can be dated back to 1889 when Sarah Bernhardt wore it in a play named “Fedora” which also inspired its name. However, it got much popularity after 1924 when Edward VIII started wearing them in public appearances.
A fedora hat is typically made from wool which makes it an excellent accessory to keep you at ease during the sunny days. This hat is suited for casual clothing, and you can wear it over a T-shirt and a pair of jeans. The black is the most common color for this type of hat, and you can make it look even more beautiful by creating custom patches for hats.
• Top Hat
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A top hat is the most prominent item on the poster of Uncle Sam. But it was not an American thing. In fact, it was a traditional headgear for people in the United Kingdom. Today, it is worn in the church weddings, funerals, and the events of the Royals.
A top hat was a favorite headgear of many historical figures including the American president Abraham Lincoln and the British premier Winston Churchill. This hat is perfect wear for formal events like wedding, and funeral and you can wear it over a formal dress like a tuxedo.
• Beret Hat
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The iconic photo of Che Guevara is perhaps the most popular cultural reference of a beret. The earliest use of a beret hat can be traced from the Roman era. But it got much popularity from French people who started its production during the 17th century.
Beret became a part of the lives of the blue-collar people of southeastern France who made it a part of their job. A beret hat is made from cotton, wool, and synthetic fabrics.
Today, the beret is a headgear of the military personnel and artists. It looks stylish on all types of clothing and makes a strong fashion statement. You can use custom Velcro hat patches on a beret to make a personal expression of creativity.
• Derby Hat
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Derby hat is a symbol of English culture as it was common in Great Britain during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Popularly known as a bowler hat, derby hat was a fashionable accessory in Scotland, Ireland, and the British Isles and it became a part of the lives of working class of the people in those regions. It penetrated South America in the early 1920s, and this is where it got the name “derby hat.”
Today, a derby hat is not as famous, but they still look fabulous. You can wear this hat on any formal piece of clothing to add an element of class and elegance or create your own patch on it to create an individual style.
• Flat Cap
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Flat caps were a rage in Ireland and Britain during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The English men further popularized them during the 1920s. They made their way to America during the same period, and Americans started wearing them over knickers. The majority of flat caps use cotton, wool, and tweed materials which allow your head to breath during the hot weather.
They look the best on a polo shirt and a pair of trousers. But there are no rules for wearing this headgear, and you can wear them with formal, semi-formal or casual clothing.
• Baseball Cap
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One of the most common hats in the market, baseball caps have a relaxed feel that makes them a perfect headgear for daily use.
The history of the baseball cap is contemporaneous with the history of baseball sports. However, it was not called by the same name during that time. The modern baseball cap came into prominence during the 1940s when the latex was used to manufacture this cap.
Since then it has emerged as a widely-used piece of casual clothing. The brim of the baseball cap has become longer with time to shade the players from sunlight. A baseball cap comes in different variations, and it varies in fabrics, stitch, and designs. A baseball cap looks fantastic on the everyday clothing, and it gives an element of casualness to your look.
It is also a favorite hat for the motorcyclists. And if you are one of them, then you can make custom motorcycle patches on your baseball cap for personalization purpose.
• Cloche Hat
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A cloche hat is a type of hat that was popularized in France during the twentieth century. It is a French word for “bell” and it got its name due to its design that resembles a bell. The hat was a fad during the early twentieth century, and many hat manufacturers collaborated with milliners to produce this type of hat.
A cloche hat is made from felt which gives it a floppy texture, and it snugs firmly to your head and rests low on your forehead. The hat also uses applique designs, ornaments, and embroidery which add substance to its design. Cloches hats are available in the market in different designs, styles, and embellishments and you can wear them on every occasion whether you want to dress down for a party or dress up for a wedding.
• Sun Hat
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As its name suggests, a sun hat is a headgear that protects you from the sun rays. But it doesn’t just serve as a shade to save you from sunlight, and it adds to your style as well. A sun hat was a headgear of the lifesavers who had to bear with the scorching heat, and a sun hat was their accessory to stay protected from the harsh ultraviolet rays of the sun.
Sun hats soon became an item of clothing for the men and women who would wear them during their visit to the beach. They are produced from plant fibers and have a wider brim compared to other hats in this list. Today, these hats are available in the market, and you can buy them to guard your skin against the sunlight.
And that’s it. This is our list of some of the common hats around the world. Hope this hat’s dictionary elaborates the real history and functionality of these hats. Let us know what you think about them in the comments section.
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