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

Tam o’ Shanter

Scottish hat named after a Burns character A Tam o’ Shanter is a Scottish style of hat originally worn by men. The hat is named after a character in a poem written by the Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1790. The Tam o’ Shanter is a Scottish bonnet worn by men although women have adopted […]

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Beret

Original shepherd’s hat popular with the military A beret is a soft, round, flat-crowned hat, usually of woven or hand-knitted wool or wool felt, or these days often acrylic fiber. The modern beret is derived from the traditional hat of Basque shepherds and was first mass-produced in 19th century France and Spain, countries with which […]

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Baseball Cap

Casual soft cap A baseball cap is a type of soft cap with a long, stiff brim that may either be curved or flat. The front of the cap typically contains designs or logos of  baseball teams or other sports teams. The back of the cap may be fitted to the wearer’s head size or […]

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Fez

Cylindrical hat from the East The fez (Turkish: fes, plural fezzes or fezes), or tarboosh (Arabic), is a felt hat either in the shape of a red truncated cone or in the shape of a short cylinder made of kilim fabric. Both usually have tassels. Before 1826, the fez was only found in the Maghreb. […]

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Mortarboard

The academic cap of choice The mortarboard, formerly known as the academic cap, is named after its similarity in appearance to the hawk used by bricklayers to hold mortar. Also known as the Oxford cap, it is an academic head dress consisting of a horizontal square board fixed upon a skull-cap, with a tassel attached […]

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Fedora

Classic wide brimmed hat A Fedora is a men’s felt hat creased lengthwise down the crown and pinched on the front on both sides. The Fedora is not defined by this creasing, however. Fedoras are also be creased with teardrop crowns, diamond crowns, centre dents, and others. The positioning of pinches can vary. Fedoras were […]

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Deerstalker

Made famous by Sherlock Holmes A deerstalker is a type of hat that is typically worn in rural areas, often for hunting, especially deer stalking. Because of the hat’s popular association with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, it is also a stereotypical hat of a detective. Famous Deerstalker wearers Sherlock Holmes Basil Brush Racing […]

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Fascinator

Popular women’s head decoration A Fascinator is a headpiece, a style of millinery. The word originally referred to a fine lacy head covering similar to a shawl and made from wool or lace. Fascinator as a term had fallen pretty much into disuse by the 1970s, but by the early 21st century the term Fascinator […]

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Panama

Traditional brimmed hat from Ecuador A Panama Hat, often know just as Panama, is a traditional brimmed hat from Ecuador which is made from the plaited leaves of the Toquilla Straw plant Carludovica palmata. Straw hats woven in Ecuador, like many goods from South America in the 19th and early 20th century, were shipped to […]

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Top Hat

A favourite wedding favourite A top hat also known as a silk hat, cylinder hat, chimney pot hat or stove pipe hat is sometimes also known by its nickname ‘topper’. It is a tall, flat-crowned, broad-brimmed hat worn prior to and including the 19th and early 20th centuries. Now, the top hat is usually worn […]

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