Hats, Hats, Hats – Who Knew There Were So Many Different Hats?

Jan 15th

Today is National Hat Day!!!  Woohoo!  I don’t know WHY this excites me, except that it’s simple to celebrate – you just put on a hat and away you go!  And from what I could find, this is the ONLY special or unusual celebration today.  I found one site that said today is Humanitarian Day, but a search found that it is on August 19th, so since that’s a few months away we’ll focus on hats!

Hats come in all shapes, sizes, colors and styles – and since we all have different shapes and sizes of heads, and we all have different favorite colors and styles – this is a great thing!  Today is set aside to wear and enjoy a hat of your choice and style. Often, hats are used to make a statement, or to promote a cause or a product.  Sometimes on the weekends and I have to race out to the store, it’s a good thing to help cover up a bad hair day! They keep the sun out of my eyes when I’m hiking, and my hair out of my face at the same time.  Some hats – like hard hats or helmets – protect the person wearing it, and some keep the head warm.  There are hats created simply for eye appeal – like all the fancy hats that are worn to the Kentucky Derby and to bring a reaction.  Costumes very often come with a hat, to complete the picture.  Doesn’t much matter if that reaction is good or bad, as long as there is one.

I looked up the history of women wearing hats and was astounded by some of the information that I found just on a couple of sites.  The tradition of women wearing hats began in the Middle Ages when the church declared that women must cover their hair.  The evolution of this headwear from necessity to fashion staple is actually quite interesting, but very lengthy so you can check it out for yourself when you have time.

In the town of Port Gamble, WA – one of the most haunted towns on the Pacific NW coast (but that’s another blog for another day), there is a tea house that I love to go have tea and scones with my mother and friends.  They have a wall of fancy old-fashioned hats that you can choose from to wear while having a ladies day out – it makes me wonder about the days when women dressed up in fancy hats to go out for the day, and wish for those days to happen again.  Having a fancy tea is sometimes exactly what a girl needs to do!

So, what sorts of hats ARE there?  Let’s see if we can list some, and figure out how many on the list you may have worn at one point or another throughout your life:

Hat Glossary – Types of Hats

Are you looking for a new hat? This hat glossary will provide all the information you need about the different styles and types of hats, from casual to formal.

Akubra –  is an Australian brand of bush hat, whose wide-brimmed styles are a distinctive part of Australian Culture, especially in rural areas.
Aviator Hat – An aviator hat, also known as a bomber hat, is a usually leather cap with large earflaps, a chin strap and, often, a short brim that is commonly turned up at the front to show the lining. It is often worn with goggles.
Balmoral – A balmoral is a traditional Scottish hat that features a pompom on the top and a checkered band.
Baseball Cap – A baseball cap is a popular casual hat worn by people of all ages.

Beanie – A beanie is also known as a knit cap, skully or stocking cap. Whatever you call it, a beanie is a popular choice in hats in the winter.

Beret – A beret is a round hat that is usually made of soft wool.
Boonie Hat – A boonie hat normally features camouflage print fabric and has a stiff, wide brim.
The Bowler Hat – The bowler hat is also known as a “derby” in the United States.
Bucket Hat – Gilligan isn’t the only one who wears a bucket hat. Bucket hats are popular among men and women as a casual hat that offers sun protection.
Capuchon – You probably have seen the capuchon hat worn at Mardi Gras. This party hat is decorated using vibrant colors, designs and textures.

Cloche Hat – Popular in the 1920s, the cloche hat has become fashionable again in recent years.

Cowboy Hat – The cowboy hat is a fashionable and functional hat. Many men and women wear cowboy or western hats on a regular basis.   (Myfavorite hat on my hubby is his Resistol Cowboy hat)
Fedora  – You may associate the fedora with Indiana Jones or gangsters. However, these soft felt hats are a popular choice among many men.
Fez – A fex is a a hat that is the shape of an abridged cone.  Of Greek origins, this hat is not commonly worn today.
Floppy Hat – Floppy hats are classic accessories that have wide brims, offering you maximum protection from the sun.
Newsboy Cap – Newsboy caps, also known as baker boy caps, were popular around the turn of the century. They have made a return back into style in recent years.
Panama Hat – The Panama hat is traditionally made using the Toquilla straw plant.
Porkpie Hat – The porkpie hat is part of the classic attire of American jazz and blues musicians. It has a short, indented top and sometimes has a band.
Top Hat – Abraham Lincoln was the first American to popularize the top hat and it later became popular among many men in the 19th and early 20th century.
Trapper Hat – A trapper hat is a type of winter accessory that provides extra warmth with a fur interior and ear flaps.
Trilby Hat – Celebrities from Michael Jackson to Justin Timberlake have popularized the trilby hat in modern times.
(I tried and tried to post each of those different types of hats – but it was making the page so long that you’d all give up before finishing)There are MANY, MANY other types of hats, but the list was going to be pretty long if I’d put all of the hats I found down.  You’d all be falling asleep rather than rummaging through your hats to figure out which one to wear today!  So take this chance to make a statement and to wear your favorite hat.  You could REALLY get into it and wear a bunch of different hats throughout the day.

An interesting fact that my husband has been telling me for years:  The human body loses more heat from the head than any other part of the body, so wearing a hat goes a long way towards keeing one warm on a cold winter’s day or night.

FYI – even though this is called “National” Hat Day – there is no evidence that this day was actually dedicated through an act of Congress – but it’s called National anyway.

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