Wideawake Hat

A Quaker style hat

A Wideawake Hat also known as a Quaker hat, is a men’s hat worn by Quakers who settled in parts of the United States in 18th and 19th centuries. Rembrandt was wearing a style of Wideawake Hat in his 1632 self portrait.

Wideawakes are usually made from black or brown felt and have a fairly wide brim that is upturned slightly from the base of the hat on the left and right sides, while being pretty flat on the front and back with a fairly blunt top as opposed to the well rounded top of a bowler. Usually there is also a fairly tall black hatband around the base, just above the brim.

Wideawake Hats have been worn by some early Scouts as listed in Scouting for Boys.

Famous Wideawake Hat wearers

  • Rembrandt
  • The Quaker Oats man