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Welcome to the Hat Guide – A-Z  of Hats!

Toque

Chef’s traditional headgear A toque  is a type of hat with a narrow brim or no brim at all. They were popular from the 13th to the 16th century in Europe, especially France. Now, it is primarily known as the traditional headgear for professional cooks.

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Trilby

A novel hat from the late 1800’s A Trilby Hat or just Trilby is a type of short-brimmed Fedora and is distinguished by a very narrow brim that is sharply turned up in the back and a short crown, which is pinched in the front and indented into a teardrop shape in the centre. The […]

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Kepi

French military favourite A Kepi is a cap with a flat circular top and nearly horizontal peak. Etymologically, the word is a borrowed from the French Képi, itself a respelling of the Swiss German Alemannic Käppi meaning ‘cap’. The Kepi was the most common headgear in the French Army with its predecessor originally appearing during […]

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Pork Pie

Flat topped hat A pork pie hat or 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 with a flat top. The crown is short and has an indentation all the way around, instead of the pinch crown typically […]

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Ushanka

Flapped hat from Russia A Ushanka, translates as literally ‘ear hat’, 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. The thick dense fur also offers some protection against […]

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Bowler

Hard felt round hat The bowler hat, also known as a coke hat, derby (US), billycock or bombin, is a hard felt hat with a rounded crown originally created in 1849 for the British soldier and politician Edward Coke, the younger brother of the 2nd Earl of Leicester. The bowler hat was popular with the […]

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Flat Cap

Popular country hat A flat cap is a rounded men’s cap with a small stiff brim in front. Cloths used to make the cap range from Original Wool, tweed (most common) to cotton driving caps for summer wear, sometimes featuring air vents. Less common materials may include leather. Cord flat caps are also worn in […]

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Shako

Cylindrical military cap A shako is a tall, cylindrical military cap, usually with a peak and sometimes tapered at the top. It is usually adorned with some kind of ornamental plate or badge on the front, metallic or otherwise, and often has a feather, plume or pompon attached at the top. The word shako originated […]

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Tricorn

Military hat from the 18th century The tricorn or tricorne is a style of hat that was popular during the in the 18th century, falling out of style by 1800. At the peak of its popularity, the tricorn was worn as civilian dress and as part of military and naval uniforms. Its distinguishing characteristic was […]

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Sombrero

Shady hat from Mexico Sombrero is a word taken from Spanish and typically refers to a type of hat from Mexico. The name simply originates from the Spanish word ‘Sombra’ meaning ‘shade’. It literally translates as ‘shader’ It usually has a somewhat high pointed crown, an extra-wide brim, broad enough to cast a shadow over […]

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