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Cool Hats for Cool Cats

Cool Hats for Cool Cats
Nov 29, 2018
4:15 pm

by Ashraf Nisfudin

As hats have become more popular again, it is important to note that in the world of fashion, styles are crossed and new things are attempted all the time. The problem is that people are not always sure which style is which and we often have people thinking they want one style when they’re really talking about another.

There are very minor differences between certain styles and terms. The styles listed below are the broad, popular categories that has been established over time and are ones that any respectable hat merchant will know.

Baseball Cap

The baseball cap is an American tradition and is one of the most common hats seen on people’s heads around the world. Simple, casual, and easy to wear, they are a great grab and go hats. They have a short to medium size bill that can be curved or flat in front that is normally attached to 6-quarter panels ending in a button at the top.

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Trucker Cap

The trucker cap is like the baseball with the exception that it is all mesh except for the front two quarter-panels. It usually has a snapback (see term below) adjustment.

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Snapback Hats

The term “snapback” is used when the cap can be adjusted using two plastic pieces that snap together at the back in a variety of lengths.

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Fitted Cap

The term “fitted caps” refer to baseball caps that are usually measured in 1/8” increments for an exact fitted size.

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Beanie

The beanie is a knitted close-fitting cap typically made of wool or cotton created to provide warmth to your head in cold weather.

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Beret

The Beret is a round, soft, flat crowned style with extra material around the edges for a slight “poof”. They are commonly made of wool, cotton, and acrylic fibers and are stereotypically associated with painters or artists. Many times they have what can be described as a short apple stem coming out of the top. They can be worn in many different ways, either flat across the top of the head, or hanging to one side or the other.

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Ascot Cap

The Ascot cap is a variation of the ivy (see term below) and flat caps and is characterized by a more rounded crown profile that is often stiffer and made from wool or felt. They are a distinctive style that is growing popular among more fashion forward and trendy youth.

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Ivy Cap

The ivy cap is distinguished by a low profile with a slightly rounded top that extends to the front of the hat and is sewn to the bill. Sometimes the bill sticks out a little for a different look while other times the crown and bill are perfectly matched. They can be made from any material but most often are constructed from wool, cotton, or polyester.

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Military Cap

The Mao or private cap is a military looking style and is essentially a minimalist, stubby baseball cap. Features of this style are a short brim of between 2 and 3 inches and a crown that is also short and around the same size with a flat top. These caps can be worn by both men and women and are a great alternative to the standard baseball cap.

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Newsboy/Paperboy Cap

The newsboy cap is a style that is referred to as having 6 or 8-quarter panels that form into a larger, rounder version of the traditional ivy or flat cap. It is typically finished with a button atop it and sometimes it will have a snap on the brim.

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Boonie Hat

This style, originally made popular in the Vietnam War is comprised most often of cotton/twill/polyester/canvas and is a soft wide brimmed hat that can be rolled up and easily packed. It features a flat crown on top, a wide floppy brim, a chinstrap, and sometimes has sewn-in loops around the crown to stow small pieces of gear.

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Bucket Hat

The bucket hat is a simple symmetrical style that has been made in every material but most often is found in cotton or polyester. It is similar to the boonie hat, but tends to have a smaller, stingy, down sloping brim.

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Porkpie Hat

The porkpie is a stylish hat typically worn today by the more fashion-forward. It is primarily characterized by the crown shape, which is a flat-topped oval with an oval indention that defines the shape. This style can have a medium brim but most often has a very small brim, called a “stingy brim” and can be called by this name. The “Stingy brim” term more often now just refers to the brim size however and is used to describe other styles with a short brim as well.

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Trilby Hat

The Trilby is similar to the fedora in shape and style with the exception that the brim is quite short or stingy. Trilby and fedora are commonly exchanged terms when talking about the style so you will usually find what you are looking for when asking for either of these styles.

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Fedora Hat

The fedora is a broad term that encompasses a variety of crown styles and brim shapes. It is characterized by a short to mid sized brim with an upturn in the back. The front can be either turned up or down and styles that let you do both are called snap-brims.

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Panama Hat

The Panama hat is one of the more beautiful and timeless styles around. It is traditionally made from the plaited leaves of a palm-like plant. The panama hat origins from Ecuadorian. Due to its superior ventilation and modest weight, the Panama hat is an ideal accompaniment to a sunny summer look. With its playful yet manly aesthetic, it becomes the defining piece for a look that is both casually elegant and thoroughly masculine.

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We hope that this has been useful for you to have a better understanding on the world of hats and perhaps have a better idea on which to get yourself the next time you go look for one.

At the end of all of this, it is for overall to cover your head. As every organ in your body is connected to the one under your hat. So wear your faith as the fashion of your hat. Own it!

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