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What's That Hat?!
You ever see a hat that you really like but just can't think of exactly the right way to describe it? I mean, really, what's the difference between a fedora and a trilby anyway? And what the heck are those beanies with the ear flaps called? And how does someone even go about figuring out their hat size!
I love hats myself. And I know it can be hard to find one when you don't even know what the type of hat you want is called; especially when looking for one online. So to save you hours of browsing, below I've listed some of the most popular hats worn by celebrities and musicians of the past and today. Included in the information is the hats name, a little history on it, and a few photos of your favorite stars who love sporting the styles.
A Porkpie Hat is a type of hat made of felt or, less commonly, straw. It is somewhat similar to a trilby or a fedora, but it has a flat top. Fans of porkpie hats in popular culture include Dean Martin, Buster Keaton (who handmade his own), the character Walter White from the AMC television series Breaking Bad, and Johnny Depp in the film Benny and Joon.
Trucker Hats - Also known as: Mesh hat, gimme cap, and a feed cap
Truckers hats gained a lot of fame in the early 2000s when stars such as Ashton Kutcher, Pharrell Williams, and Justin Timberlake began wearing them as a kind of ironic homage to the rural, southern, blue collar, grungy truck driver types of America. They typically have a front side where you can sport your favorite band, a funny saying, or numerous other symbols, words, and phrases. They're great for casual wear and with the plastic mesh adding breathability in the back they are cool to wear in warm weather.
A fedora is a men's felt hat that is creased lengthwise down the crown and pinched in the front on both sides. The creasing does not define the hat, however. Fedoras can also be creased with teardrop crowns, diamond crowns, center dents, and others, and the positioning of pinches can vary if they are found at all.
Fedora's have been used much in popular culture, including the ones worn by Indiana Jones, the Blues Brothers, Freddy Kruger, and is used much in the Matt Damon film In the film The Adjustment Bureau.
A trilby hat is similar to a fedora, but typically has a narrower brim, and the back of the brim is distinctively more sharply upturned as a result. It has a short crown, which is pinched in the front and indented into a teardrop shape in the center. The hat's name derives from the stage adaptation of George du Maurier's 1894 novel Trilby; a hat of this style was worn in the first London production of the play, and promptly came to be called "a Trilby hat".
While the hat was most popular in the 1960s, it resurged in popularity in the early 2000s, when it was marketed to both men and women in an attempt to capitalize on a retro fashion trend. The hat has remained popular with both sexes into the 2010s. A notable wearer of the trilby is Frank Sinatra.
A chullo is a winter hat with ear-flap's that can be tied under the chin, to further warm the wearer's head. In the late 2000s, the chullo became an extremely popular winter hat; it was seen often in popular culture of the time, arguably made most famous by the popularity of Snowboarding. It remains highly popular in North America, Europe, and of course Peru and Bolivia.
Flat Caps - Also known as: Bunnet, Sixpence, Scally Cap, Ivy Cap, Golf Cap, Derby Cap, Irish Cap, Tweed Cap, Salmon Hat, UNION Cap, Dai Cap, Jeff Cap, Windsor C
A flat cap is a rounded men's cap with a small stiff brim in front. While once considered a cap mainly for older men, sophisticated look of flat caps have had a resurgence in the 21st century and are now worn often by many notable celebrities such as Brad Pitt.
Newsboy Cap - Also known as: Baker Boy, Apple Cap, Eight Panel, Cabbie, Jay Gatsby (from The Great Gatsby), Fisherman's Cap and Lundberg Stetson
It has the same overall shape and stiff peak in front as a flat cap, but the body of the cap is rounder, fuller, and paneled with a button on top, and often with a button attaching the front to the brim (as the flat cap sometimes has). Although traditionally a men's cap, it has recently seen a resurgence as it has become popular with affluent women and fashion houses in the 2000s. It has also become popular among the hipster subculture, although fedoras are more common.
Tuque (beanies) hats - Also known as: knit hat or knit cap, sock cap or stocking cap, watch cap, skullcap or skully, snow hat, snow cap, ski cap, tossle cap, w
Tuques are literally worn by everybody and fit in with every style imaginable.
A ushanka is a Russian fur cap with ear flaps that can be tied up to the crown of the cap, or tied at the chin to protect the ears, jaw and lower chin from the cold. While similar to a chullo, a ushanka usually has a brim. They are known popularly as being the style of hat worn by singer Kurt Cobain on several occasions.
Bucket Hats - Also known as: A fishing hat
A bucket hat, or fishing hat, is a soft cotton hat with a wide and downwards sloping brim which is worn by both men and women. The brim offers shade from the sun for the eyes and face. This hat is wonderful for warm weather and is most well known as being the cap worn by our favorite little buddy Gilligan.
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norma-holt on April 06, 2014:
Great topic and love the way you have distinguished between these hat styles. They certainly define the times and certain celebrities. Well done.
Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on December 03, 2013:
Nice and very interesting hat lens, nevets_sdoow! Well today I learned the names of all those hats I've been wondering about.
lesliesinclair on May 31, 2013:
I like all the hats with brims, not so much the bucket hat. Nice to put names to them.
Valerie Smith from New Zealand on May 24, 2013:
It's great to see such a fantastic range of hats. I love the Newsboy Cap.
etherealclothing on May 24, 2013:
All hail the trucker hat! http://www.squidoo.com/the-history-of-the-trucker-...
Aibrean82 on May 19, 2013:
My favourites are the trilby and fedora hats. I love that look!
RetireAt57 on March 26, 2013:
Nice lens. I did not know it was called a chullo hat. Thanks for sharing!
michalk lm on March 03, 2013:
what acute lens
anonymous on February 20, 2013:
You mixed up fedoras and trilbys in this article. Fedoras are the ones with wider brims (worn by Bogart etc.) while trilbys have short brims
Steven from Las Vegas on February 13, 2013:
Watched L.L. Cool J host The Grammys wearing a hat and he seems to always have one on, however on NCIS LA I never see him with one on.
Fay Favored from USA on February 11, 2013:
Now I know what some of them are called. Had no idea. Thanks.
ksktika on February 11, 2013:
nice lens ! very informative :)
getmoreinfo on February 11, 2013:
These Celebrity Caps are really cool.
William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on February 11, 2013:
What fun- Thanks for sharing! SquidAngel Blessed! ;-)
CSC-Austria on January 14, 2013:
Thanks for this overview. I have to get a hat - now I can find out which one is the best...
nyclittleitaly on January 11, 2013:
I always wanted to get a fedora. I think they really dress up a good suit.
Niagara Ghosts on December 14, 2012:
So informative! Thanks for sharing.
Pat Moire from West Village, New York City on December 03, 2012:
Great selection and easy to choose from. How about a bowler? Someone modern has to be pulling that one off.
Jeff Johnston from Alberta Canada on November 05, 2012:
Love hats, though finding one to fit my large mellon can be difficult even at the best of times.
pcgamehardware on October 30, 2012:
Great info and nice lens, thanks for sharing :)
gregs411 on October 16, 2012:
Very cool hats. Thanks.
Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on September 16, 2012:
Great selection of hats. Trucker style suits me best:)
anonymous on August 25, 2012:
henrygdance on July 26, 2012:
piedromolinero on July 16, 2012:
A great lens. I love the Trilby Hats the most.
sheezie77 on July 08, 2012:
Fantastic lens, well done!
Petzard on July 03, 2012:
I love fedora hats:) Style and elegance combined under one hat;)
MartieG aka 'survivoryea' from Jersey Shore on June 14, 2012:
Nice-men in fedoras look so handsome! Not too fond of chullos but I guess they keep you warm :>)
SheilaMilne from Kent, UK on May 21, 2012:
I didn't even know there were so many different sorts!
kindoak on May 21, 2012:
Hats are cool. I use a wide rim gatsby fedora:ish hat on summer days.
Angela F from Seattle, WA on May 03, 2012:
Fun lens but how could you leave out Matt Bomer's trademark Fedora from White Collar ;)
Auntie-M LM on May 01, 2012:
Fun! I always called a flat hat a "chauffeur's hat" (and not because I ever had a chauffer). Just seemed logical.
anonymous on April 11, 2012:
interesting lens. top marks for including Jayne from Firefly! lol
MelonyVaughan on April 09, 2012:
Love, love, love the fedoras! Great lens!
WriterJanis2 on April 07, 2012:
Such a fun lens. Blessed!
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on April 02, 2012:
It's good to finally know the names of some of these hats and caps. Never thought I'd see any Hollywood star in a trucker's hat. Not a sexy look. I always think of Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp when I think of stars that can pull off many different hat looks. Great idea for a lens.
Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on March 04, 2012:
Great selection of hats! and this is coming from hat lover - just look at my avatar! Thumbs up:-)
anonymous on February 02, 2012:
I've got to hand it to you, this is the best hat article I've read so let me help it get ranked faster ... *blessed*
Joan Haines on November 14, 2011:
Most of these hats are pretty classy, but nobody, and I mean nobody, looks good in a trucker hat.