Hats Buying Guide
Most people have at least one hat in their possession. Hat styles vary greatly, as do their functions. Some hats are perfect for keeping the sun out of sensitive eyes, while others are purely for style. Hats originally showed one's social status. Currently, hats are used for fashion, warmth, protection from the sun, religious reasons, and as part of an uniform. Fashion has started making even the most traditional hats out of funky materials. Whether or not you want to look your Sunday's best or want to channel 1920s spy, there's surely a hat for everyone.
Usually more expensive hats require you to know your hat size. In the United States, your hat size is the circumference of your head (measured half an inch above your ears) divided by pi. The equivalent hat size in the U.K. is an eighth of an inch smaller than the U.S. size.
Parts of a Hat
- Crown: the part of a hat covering the head
- Brim: Stiff material is projected under the crown and continues horizontally around the circumference of the hat.
- Peak: Primarily found on baseball caps and visors, the peak is a stiff projection at the front of the hat that is used to protect eyes from rain and excess sunlight.
- Sweatband or hatband: A ribbon or band running around the bottom edge of the hat.
Popular Hat Styles
The Most Common Hats
- Channel Parisian romance.
- Thick berets work well as a stylish winter hat.
- Felt ,straw , or twill , these hats have a circumferential brim, and a crown with a V-shaped pinch in the front.
- Often the front brim curves down and the back curves up.
- Popularized in the 1920s, but particularly cool people can still wear them.
- To keep the sun out of your eyes and your head cool.
- Really woven out of straw.
- Panama Hats are circular, white, and with an indented crown. Very chic.
- Keeps your eyes safe while toiling in the Wild West.
- Brims can point down or up in the front and down in the back and curl up on the sides.
- Traditionally leather, but can be made of felt ,straw , or fuzzy, glittery, and silly .