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July 13, 2018 – 10:23 pm

The storied history of the Stetson Company begins in 1865 with the westward expansion of the American frontier. Now synonymous with the American West, the archetypal “cowboy hat” was born from the necessity of the …

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Hats in History: Picnics–Straw Baskets & Hats

May 1, 2019 – 10:25 am

While taking a stroll down our national memory lane through the Library of Congress’ photo catalog, it was amazing to look at summer through the lens of a century ago.

Men and women wear hats and layers at a summer picnic.

Hats known as boaters or skimmers were all the rage in 1908 when this photograph was taken at a summer picnic for the Carnegie Corporation. As there was little relief from the heat, these straw hats were critical for helping to keep the sun off.

They might not have had global warming to contend with yet, but it was hot. Just look at this picture from Carnegie’s 2nd Annual Company Picnic in 1908. It is the middle of summer, on a day meant for fun, and the men are wearing suits while the ladies are wearing several layers of /under their dresses. And it wasn’t as if they could all go inside to cool off. Air conditioning hadn’t been invented yet!

Perhaps because they couldn’t go inside to cool off, hats took on an even greater importance for providing both shade and making a fashion statement.

This is a straw boater, which is still a surprisingly popular selling hat today.

For men, this was an era dominated by the boater, also known as the skimmer. This was a flat-topped straw hat that was light weight with a goodly sized brim. These days those hats are difficult for many people to pull off without looking anachronistic. However, back then, a boater and a seersucker suit made any man the toast of the town. And you had better start off the day with your suit coat on, even if it was 95 degrees and humid.

Today, the boater sells surprisingly well. Admittedly, most of the people looking for them want them for theater and film projects, but still every now and again we come across a few men who can really rock a boater in style. Are you one of them? Please write in and tell us about your favorite summer hat.

Why are Hat Sizes So Weird?

April 5, 2019 – 1:50 pm
Hat Measurement

How do they come up with hat sizes sounding so small when compared to the measurement of your head in inches? Learn about this old calculation for sizing and the way other people around the world size the human head.

Kangol Hats Have a Past, Are Here to Stay

July 19, 2018 – 12:00 pm
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Kangol hats are among our most popular caps and hats for sale. However, while most people likely think of them as a trendy fashion company, which they are, they also have been around for nearly 100 years! From The Beatles to LL Cool J and today’s entire generation of stars, everyone has worn Kangol. Read all about it when you click here.

Fathers Day Gifts for the Man Who Has Everything

May 10, 2014 – 7:27 pm
Father’s Day

Is your dad impossible to buy for? Try getting him a summer straw fedora or linen cap this year for Father’s Day. Get some good ideas when you click here.

Get Your Kentucky Derby Hats

April 26, 2014 – 9:56 pm
Derby Hats

The Kentucky Derby is in the final stretch. Do you have your Derby hat, yet? For the first time ever, Hats Plus now has refined ladies’ hats worth of a Derby party.

Pharrell’s Hats Make Us ‘Happy’

March 15, 2014 – 10:26 pm
Pharrell Williams hat

Modern music superstar Pharrell Williams is a hat addict like the rest of us. Come read about the hat he wears in his “Happy” video when you click right here.

Spring Hats Are Here!

March 1, 2014 – 10:21 pm
Spring Hats

Need a dose of sunshine and warmth? Hats Plus is changing over the store for a new collection of straw hats. That means summer is just around the corner. Click here to check it out.

Borsalino Looks Sharp on ‘The Blacklist’

February 15, 2014 – 11:30 pm
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Do you like the black fedora James Spader wears in “The Blacklist”? Click here to find out what it is.

Cheaper Shipping Now Available!

February 8, 2014 – 11:28 pm
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Learn what new shipping options are available from Hats Plus, and see how much money you might save with each order!

Our World is Freezing, Warm Hats Still in Stock

January 11, 2014 – 8:34 pm

Another polar vortex is forecast for late January or in February. Brace yourself against all cold weather with any one of these great winter hats for sale at Hats Plus!

Wear What Papa Bear Wore

December 28, 2013 – 7:39 pm
George Halas Stamp

One of Chicago’s most famous hat-wearing icons is George “Papa Bear” Halas, the former owner, player, coach and creator of the Chicago Bears. We profile this man of many talents and examine the hat he wore to help fans who want to wear one of their own to show their team support the old skool way.