Throughout the history of fashion, hats have always been a dominant accessory. They might be the most steadfast and usable of all the accessories as they can be worn at any time of year, in any type of weather. Hats can say a lot about the man who wears it, be it their team affiliation or where they are from. There are many variations on the head-topping accessory for men, and here are types that are still popular in the early 21st century.
The Baseball Cap
The most popular hat in men's fashion is the baseball cap. America's pastime has taken over America's head fashion for both men and women. Originally made out of straw, by the 1880s it was made out of merino wool.
The fedora is a handsome sculpted hat with a wide brim. It has been a popular headpiece since the gangsters of the 1920s (and the detectives assigned to bring them down) started wearing them. They are most commonly made out of felt and tend to be a more formal accessory. Once thought to be old-fashioned, they are having a bit of a renaissance, appearing on the heads of the younger generations.
The Bowler or Derby Hat
The bowler is a round top hat with the edges curled upwards. It was developed in England in the 19th century. Once they made the way over to America, they were popular with tradesmen and came to be known as the derby.
The Cowboy Hat
Cowboy hats have a similar head to the fedora, but a wider brim that often curls up over the ears. In 1865, J. Stetson created a hat on a camping trip and realised that it was a fabulous model for the hard riding cowboys were wont to do. In 1865, he began to mass produce the cowboy hat as we know it.
The flat cap, golf cap or newsboy
This is a warm wool hat on the heads of gentlemen hunters to keep the damp off and the heat in without a brim getting in the way. They were also popular on the golf courses of Scotland. However in the past few years, the flat cap has jumped across the shores and become a popular hip-hop accessory.
The Panama hat has a long history and still holds a huge amount of popularity all over the world. It has its origins in Ecuador where the hats were and still are made out of a plant called the toquilla. They were seen in America as early as the 18th century but were made more popular when President Teddy Roosevelt was seen in one while he was in Panama during the building of the Panama Canal.
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