Everyone loves hats – they’ve been around as long as human beings have had heads! The very first hats were made from felt, wool and straw. Their primary purpose was to protect the wearer from the inclemencies of the weather. With the passage of time hats have become essential accessories. Now they have become a way for the wearer to express their personality, their social status, and their fashion sense. Today we see hats on the runway of every fashion show all over the world, made from every material imaginable love hats. Oh yes ! hats, hats, hats.
Both in winter and in summer a hat is the perfect accessory, whatever it’s made of, although you should wear the heavier fabrics in the winter and keep the straw hat for the summer. Unless, of course, you are Benedict Cumberbatch, wearing a Sherlock Holmes Deerstalker! As its name suggests, the Deerstalker was originally used for hunting deer and other animals in the English countryside. Made from thick wool, its front and back peaks and earflaps both keep the wearer protected from the typical British weather and its typical green/brown colours also act as camouflage (but not so much in the city….).
To really appreciate hats you have to understand them so let’s start with a brief explanation of all the different parts (that’s right, it’s not just one piece).
Crown: the part that sits on the top of your head.
Crease: the inward curve. Some hats have a pinch or dent in the middle which gives them a crease on both sides.
Brim: the part at the bottom of the hat nearest the face, which, depending on the depth, normally a minimum of 2/3 cm, gives more or less shade to the forehead, eyes and neck.
(Outer) Band: typically a ribbon, cord or leather strip, or leather band, that serves as decoration and to give the hat proportion. You can personalise your hat in this area by placing a feather in the band, or even tying a brightly coloured scarf around it.
Inner Band (Sweat Band): not only does this serve to make sure that the hat sits snugly on your head, but it also protects the external appearance of the hat by absorbing the natural grease and perspiration that we all exude. The top manufacturers will even replace this band for you so that you can keep your favorite hat for longer. Smart people those hat designers!
Liner: ever-present in the high-end brands, and absolutely necessary for winter, the interior of the hat can be made from silk, satin or velvet.
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