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Celebrity Caps: What kind of hat is that?

Updated on June 24, 2015
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What's That Hat?!

You ever see a hat that you really like but just can't think of exactly the right way to describe it? I mean, really, what's the difference between a fedora and a trilby anyway? And what the heck are those beanies with the ear flaps called? And how does someone even go about figuring out their hat size!

I love hats myself. And I know it can be hard to find one when you don't even know what the type of hat you want is called; especially when looking for one online. So to save you hours of browsing, below I've listed some of the most popular hats worn by celebrities and musicians of the past and today. Included in the information is the hats name, a little history on it, and a few photos of your favorite stars who love sporting the styles.

Porkpie Hats


A Porkpie Hat is a type of hat made of felt or, less commonly, straw. It is somewhat similar to a trilby or a fedora, but it has a flat top. Fans of porkpie hats in popular culture include Dean Martin, Buster Keaton (who handmade his own), the character Walter White from the AMC television series Breaking Bad, and Johnny Depp in the film Benny and Joon.

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Trucker Hats - Also known as: Mesh hat, gimme cap, and a feed cap

Truckers hats gained a lot of fame in the early 2000s when stars such as Ashton Kutcher, Pharrell Williams, and Justin Timberlake began wearing them as a kind of ironic homage to the rural, southern, blue collar, grungy truck driver types of America. They typically have a front side where you can sport your favorite band, a funny saying, or numerous other symbols, words, and phrases. They're great for casual wear and with the plastic mesh adding breathability in the back they are cool to wear in warm weather.

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Fedora Hats

A fedora is a men's felt hat that is creased lengthwise down the crown and pinched in the front on both sides. The creasing does not define the hat, however. Fedoras can also be creased with teardrop crowns, diamond crowns, center dents, and others, and the positioning of pinches can vary if they are found at all.

Fedora's have been used much in popular culture, including the ones worn by Indiana Jones, the Blues Brothers, Freddy Kruger, and is used much in the Matt Damon film In the film The Adjustment Bureau.

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Trilby Hats

A trilby hat is similar to a fedora, but typically has a narrower brim, and the back of the brim is distinctively more sharply upturned as a result. It has a short crown, which is pinched in the front and indented into a teardrop shape in the center. The hat's name derives from the stage adaptation of George du Maurier's 1894 novel Trilby; a hat of this style was worn in the first London production of the play, and promptly came to be called "a Trilby hat".

While the hat was most popular in the 1960s, it resurged in popularity in the early 2000s, when it was marketed to both men and women in an attempt to capitalize on a retro fashion trend. The hat has remained popular with both sexes into the 2010s. A notable wearer of the trilby is Frank Sinatra.

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Chullo Hats

A chullo is a winter hat with ear-flap's that can be tied under the chin, to further warm the wearer's head. In the late 2000s, the chullo became an extremely popular winter hat; it was seen often in popular culture of the time, arguably made most famous by the popularity of Snowboarding. It remains highly popular in North America, Europe, and of course Peru and Bolivia.

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Flat Caps - Also known as: Bunnet, Sixpence, Scally Cap, Ivy Cap, Golf Cap, Derby Cap, Irish Cap, Tweed Cap, Salmon Hat, UNION Cap, Dai Cap, Jeff Cap, Windsor C

A flat cap is a rounded men's cap with a small stiff brim in front. While once considered a cap mainly for older men, sophisticated look of flat caps have had a resurgence in the 21st century and are now worn often by many notable celebrities such as Brad Pitt.

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Newsboy Cap - Also known as: Baker Boy, Apple Cap, Eight Panel, Cabbie, Jay Gatsby (from The Great Gatsby), Fisherman's Cap and Lundberg Stetson

It has the same overall shape and stiff peak in front as a flat cap, but the body of the cap is rounder, fuller, and paneled with a button on top, and often with a button attaching the front to the brim (as the flat cap sometimes has). Although traditionally a men's cap, it has recently seen a resurgence as it has become popular with affluent women and fashion houses in the 2000s. It has also become popular among the hipster subculture, although fedoras are more common.

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Tuque (beanies) hats - Also known as: knit hat or knit cap, sock cap or stocking cap, watch cap, skullcap or skully, snow hat, snow cap, ski cap, tossle cap, w

Tuques are literally worn by everybody and fit in with every style imaginable.

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A ushanka is a Russian fur cap with ear flaps that can be tied up to the crown of the cap, or tied at the chin to protect the ears, jaw and lower chin from the cold. While similar to a chullo, a ushanka usually has a brim. They are known popularly as being the style of hat worn by singer Kurt Cobain on several occasions.

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Bucket Hats - Also known as: A fishing hat


A bucket hat, or fishing hat, is a soft cotton hat with a wide and downwards sloping brim which is worn by both men and women. The brim offers shade from the sun for the eyes and face. This hat is wonderful for warm weather and is most well known as being the cap worn by our favorite little buddy Gilligan.

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    • norma-holt profile image


      4 years ago

      Great topic and love the way you have distinguished between these hat styles. They certainly define the times and certain celebrities. Well done.

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      Nice and very interesting hat lens, nevets_sdoow! Well today I learned the names of all those hats I've been wondering about.

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      5 years ago

      I like all the hats with brims, not so much the bucket hat. Nice to put names to them.

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      Valerie Smith 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      It's great to see such a fantastic range of hats. I love the Newsboy Cap.

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      5 years ago

    • Aibrean82 profile image


      5 years ago

      My favourites are the trilby and fedora hats. I love that look!

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      5 years ago

      Nice lens. I did not know it was called a chullo hat. Thanks for sharing!

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      michalk lm 

      5 years ago

      what acute lens

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      5 years ago

      You mixed up fedoras and trilbys in this article. Fedoras are the ones with wider brims (worn by Bogart etc.) while trilbys have short brims

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      5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Watched L.L. Cool J host The Grammys wearing a hat and he seems to always have one on, however on NCIS LA I never see him with one on.

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      Now I know what some of them are called. Had no idea. Thanks.

    • ksktika profile image


      5 years ago

      nice lens ! very informative :)

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      5 years ago

      These Celebrity Caps are really cool.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      What fun- Thanks for sharing! SquidAngel Blessed! ;-)

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for this overview. I have to get a hat - now I can find out which one is the best...

    • nyclittleitaly profile image


      5 years ago

      I always wanted to get a fedora. I think they really dress up a good suit.

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      Niagara Ghosts 

      5 years ago

      So informative! Thanks for sharing.

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      Pat Moire 

      5 years ago from West Village, New York City

      Great selection and easy to choose from. How about a bowler? Someone modern has to be pulling that one off.

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      Jeff Johnston 

      6 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Love hats, though finding one to fit my large mellon can be difficult even at the best of times.

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      6 years ago

      Great info and nice lens, thanks for sharing :)

    • gregs411 profile image


      6 years ago

      Very cool hats. Thanks.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Great selection of hats. Trucker style suits me best:)

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      6 years ago

      nice hats!

    • henrygdance profile image


      6 years ago

      nice lens

    • piedromolinero profile image


      6 years ago

      A great lens. I love the Trilby Hats the most.

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      6 years ago

      Fantastic lens, well done!

    • Petzard profile image


      6 years ago

      I love fedora hats:) Style and elegance combined under one hat;)

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      6 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Nice-men in fedoras look so handsome! Not too fond of chullos but I guess they keep you warm :>)

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      6 years ago from Kent, UK

      I didn't even know there were so many different sorts!

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      6 years ago

      Hats are cool. I use a wide rim gatsby fedora:ish hat on summer days.

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      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Fun lens but how could you leave out Matt Bomer's trademark Fedora from White Collar ;)

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      Auntie-M LM 

      6 years ago

      Fun! I always called a flat hat a "chauffeur's hat" (and not because I ever had a chauffer). Just seemed logical.

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      6 years ago

      interesting lens. top marks for including Jayne from Firefly! lol

    • MelonyVaughan profile image


      6 years ago

      Love, love, love the fedoras! Great lens!

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      6 years ago

      Such a fun lens. Blessed!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      It's good to finally know the names of some of these hats and caps. Never thought I'd see any Hollywood star in a trucker's hat. Not a sexy look. I always think of Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp when I think of stars that can pull off many different hat looks. Great idea for a lens.

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      Miha Gasper 

      6 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Great selection of hats! and this is coming from hat lover - just look at my avatar! Thumbs up:-)

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      6 years ago

      I've got to hand it to you, this is the best hat article I've read so let me help it get ranked faster ... *blessed*

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      Joan Haines 

      7 years ago

      Most of these hats are pretty classy, but nobody, and I mean nobody, looks good in a trucker hat.


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