Hat History - Modern Hats and Where They Came From
by Alex Torres
3 min reading time
Hat history is something you don't think about every day. That fedora on your head, it had to come from somewhere, but how or why? We've gathered a collection of the most popular hat fashions today, and placed them in order from oldest to newest. So without further adieu, we present to you the history of hats:
HAT HISTORY - CHRONOLOGICAL TIMELINE
Year in hat history: 1300s Why: Originated in England, were a flat cap was called a bonnet. The term “cap" wasn't introduced until 1700. Height of use: 19th and early 20th centuries. Notable pop-culture:Peaky Blinders, BBC television series.
Year in hat history: 1793 Why:Top hats descended from sugarloaf hats and replaced popularity of the tricorne hat. Height of use: Worn by men from the latter part of the 18th to the middle of the 20th century. Notable pop-culture: Uncle Sam, a symbol of the United States.
PORK PIE HAT
Year in hat history: 1830 Why: A pork pie was originally worn by a woman. The trend lasted through the Civil War. Height of use: 1930s and 1940s Notable pop-culture:Breaking Bad, AMC television series
Year in hat history: 1834 Why: Straw Panama hats woven in Ecuador were shipped first to the Panama before sailing for their destinations in the rest of the world. Height of use: Larger demand during the California Gold Rush. Notable pop-culture: Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. President.
Year in hat history: 1849 Why:Bowlers protected horseback riders from low hanging branches. Originally the top hat was worn by gamekeepers. Height of use: British and American blue-collar workers during the 19th century. Notable pop-culture: Charlie Chaplin, comic actor.
Year in hat history: 1865 Why: Stetson made the first “Boss of the Plains" cowboy hat and remains synonymous with the Old West. Height of use: 19th and 20th century. Notable pop-culture: John Wayne, actor.
Year in hat history: 1882 Why: King Edward VII is credited as the first homburg wearer, after retrieving the style from Bad Homburg in Hesse, Germany. Height of use: Once called “the Eden" on Savile Row as former Prime Minster Anthony Eden made the homburg trendy in the 1930s. Notable pop-culture: Al Pacino, actor The Godfather.
Year in hat history: 1891 Why: The word fedora comes from the play titled Fedora. Was fashionable for women and became a symbol for the women's rights movement. Height of use: In 1924 Edward, Prince of Wales, wore the fedora and men soon favored the hat. Notable pop-culture: Frank Sinatra, singer.
Year in hat history: 1894 Why: George du Maurier's novel titled Trilby, became a stage play featuring the trilby hat. Height of use: In the 1960s the hat became most popular. Notable pop-culture: James Bond, movie character.