Top 10 hat styles of modern history

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Top 10 hat styles of modern history


10. Fez


In the Western world, the fez occasionally serves as a symbol of relaxation. In cartoons, characters can be shown wearing a fez while lying in a hammock on vacation or just relaxing after a hard day of work. This curious imagery may be a throwback to the late 19th century English practice of men wearing a loose fitting smoking jacket and braided fez-like headdress when relaxing informally in the evenings. In any case a fez hat is sure to garner attention, especially if a man is driving a small car in a parade.

9. Boater


Being made of straw, the boater hat was and is generally regarded as a warm-weather hat. In the days when men frequently wore hats outside, “Straw Hat Day”, the day when men switched from wearing their winter hats to their summer hats, was seen as a sign of the beginning of summer. Also knows as a fashion statement of barbershop quartets everywhere

8. Bowler


The bowler became a cultural identifier, ironically with two completely different meanings: throughout most of England it was associated with professional servants, i.e. butlers, and so upon seeing a man wearing a bowler in a pub or on the street, it was fairly safe to assume he was a “gentleman’s gentleman,” meaning a valet or butler. But in London, however, it was associated with professionals, and so a man wearing a bowler in “the City” could safely be assumed to be a lawyer, stock broker, banker or government official

7. Gatsby (Newsboy Cap)


The Gatsby was popular in Europe and the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries among both boys and adult men. As the name suggests, it is now associated with newspaper boys, and it is sometimes associated with the golfing community as well. Although traditionally a men’s cap, recently the cap has become more popular with women

6. Beret


The beret was once considered the national hat of France. It has diminished in popularity, just as hats for men all over the world have waned in popularity, since about 1960. Still considered a matter of French pride, it is worn by both women and men. The beret is also the stereotyped trademark of film directors, artists and Beatniks. Also made famous by Prince in his song, “Raspberry Beret.”

5. Sombrero

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Sombreros usually have a somewhat high pointed crown and a very wide brim, which may be slightly upturned at the edge, used for protection from the hot sun in Mexico. Peasant sombreros are usually made of straw, while wealthier Hispanics wear sombreros made of felt. It is almost unseen in modern urban settings, except as part of a folkloric outfit worn in certain festivities. The Sombrero hat is often used in traditional Mexican celebrations

4. Top Hat


The first top hats were made with felt, most commonly being beaver fur felt. Later, they would be made of silk. The structure underneath the felt or silk was made of a material called goss. This was made from layers of calico covered in a hard glue. When gently heated over a flame, the glue softens, allowing the hat to be molded to shape. A popular version, particularly in the United States in the 19th century, was the stovepipe hat, which was popularized by Abraham Lincoln during his presidency. Unlike many top-hats, this version was straight, like piping, and was not wider at the top and bottom. Often they were taller than the typical top-hat. It is said that Lincoln would keep important letters inside the hat. And lets not forget that rabbits often hide out in top hats and snowmen seem to like them.

3. Fedora


In the early part of the twentieth century, the fedora was popular in cities for its stylishness, ability to protect the wearer’s head from the wind and weather, and the fact that it could be rolled up when not in use. The hat is sometimes associated with Prohibition-era gangsters and the detectives who sought to bring them to justice. In Hollywood movies of the 1940s, characters often wore a fedora, particularly when playing private detectives, gangsters, or other “tough guy” roles. A trench coat was frequently part of the costume, a notable example being Humphrey Bogart’s character in Casablanca. The fedora is widely recognized with the characters of The Blues Brothers and Indiana Jones. The fedora is closely associated with film noir characters.

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In the early days, the cowboy hat was valued for being functional, with the wide brim protecting working cowboys from the sun and rain. It could be used to signal others, fan a campfire, or pull water out of a stream. Today, while the hats can still serve these purposes, most people wear them for aesthetic value as a part of Western lifestyle.

1. Baseball Cap



In many ways, the baseball cap is a symbol of the increase of the cultural aspects of sports in the late 20th century. This started, naturally, with baseball.

In 1860, the Brooklyn Excelsiors wore the ancestor of the modern, rounded-top baseball cap, and by 1900, the “Brooklyn style” cap became popular. During the 1940s, latex rubber became the stiffening material inside the hat and the modern baseball cap was born. The “bill” or “brim” was designed to protect a players eyes from the sun. Typically, the brim was much shorter in the earlier days of the baseball hat. Also, the hat has become more structured, versus the overall “floppy” cap of the 19th and early 20th centuries.



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Baseball cap for the rainy days, cowboy for when I’m in the fields, but I wish I could pull off the bowler for a night on the town. Great looking hat. Guess my fashion sense is about 130 years off. 

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I’ve worn a baseball cap all day, every day at work for years...a lot of my colleagues think I’m bald. Happily, I’m not even a little. It’s just easier to deal with my morning hair by throwing a cap on.

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Worked in retail Foodservice in college and had to wear a hat every day for 4 a result, I don’t wear hats very often any more. Although I am attracted to safari/expedition hats on vacation, but can’t really pull it off!

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Have always worn a hat when shooting clays .... mostly a ball cap, but a wide brimmed Akubra during heat of summer.

Coincidentally, wore a little ( 'Carlos Santana' ) straw-like fedora styled hat out and about during last few days ( 30 - 40 degree temps / furiously thinning hair ! ) and not sure about hat wearing etiquette .... left it on when doing business at car dealership and enjoying a schooner at pub.

Right or wrong ?



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Baseball cap is the most popular world wide by a good margin.  Also the only one on the list I own.

To be fair, where's the winter hats?  That is the one I wear the most through out the year.

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As much as I like hats, I get giggles from people when ever I go to try one on. My head is too big. Would need to have one specially made, nobody keeps stock of hats for my big head.

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16 hours ago, ac031898 said:

. . . Although I am attracted to safari/expedition hats on vacation, but can’t really pull it off!

Nothing better than a good,old Topee while on expedition at equatorial climates.


You can even bring a cigar with you while having your hands free for the challenges that await you :D.

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If you like a fedora (I’ve got several), check out the Stetson Stratoliner Premier, with an open crown.  It comes unshaped, with a dome crown- you can shape it how you like it.  It can be more western or more uptown- or a combination of both- my current favorite.  Youtube has videos on how to shape and set the shape.

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