Given the revival of men’s flat caps in the current fashion landscape, shopping for toppers in the UK has never been more pleasant! Whether they’re casual or formal, made of black leather or herringbone tweed, grey or navy, flat caps will only make you look exceedingly dapper. They not only serve a fashionable function, through - every great flap cap is as practical as it is stylish. A men’s waxed cotton hat, for example, will keep your head dry when it rains, and a woollen one will keep your head nice and toasty through the winter.
Don’t know which brand to choose? We particularly love Walker & Hawkes hats - whether you’re looking for a men’s tweed hat or a new brown baker boy cap, they’re your go-to brand. If you’re a hat lover through and through, mix your extensive collection up and choose a topper or two from our online selection of men’s safari hats or baseball caps for men. Do yourself a favour, though, and along with your own buy, peruse our collection of women’s hats and caps - your lady will love her new hat, and we’ll appreciate the business, but you’re the one who will benefit the most after you score all those boyfriend brownie points!
How to Wear a Flat CapNow you might be pondering some important questions: how exactly does one style a gorgeous flat cap, and is there a certain time of year that is best for donning these trendy toppers? We’ve already anticipated these philosophical questions and answered them for you, so let’s run through the basics!
SeasonAlthough most caps can be worn year-round, certain fabrics are more suited for certain seasons. Waxed cotton is the prime choice for any season that it rains (read: all seasons) because the coating will repel the water. Of course, cotton’s lightness will keep you nice and cool on the hotter summer days, but it’s all-around safer to choose a waterproof option, as we’re famous for those mid-summer downpours!
Leather is great for cooler months - it’ll keep your head cosy and warm - just try not to expose it to too much water. The warm tones in most leather varieties are perfect for autumn, although black is a classic in the winter!
Woollen hats are a classic that can (and should) be worn year round but opt for a higher wool content in the winter and a higher cotton content in the summer. Wool is naturally water repellent, so if you happen to end up in the rain, know that this will keep your coiffure safe!
OccasionFlat caps are one of the special types of toppers that can be worn at virtually every occasion - we’ve even seen grooms pull them off! (Can you imagine even wearing a baseball cap to a wedding?!) We’ll always have a soft spot for herringbone, but all varieties of woven headgear is hard to go wrong with - even to the fanciest of estate parties.
While tweed is the most dapper of them all, leather is a close second when it comes to formal events - it just takes more of a discerning eye to choose the right kind. While aged, worn leather is best left for casual events and country outings, classic leather is a sophisticated choice for more upmarket events.
And of course, weatherproof cotton is ideal for casual events or outings where practicality is key - running to the grocer's in the rain, anyone? Whatever types of occasions you frequent, there are flat caps ideal for every situation.
ColourColour might be the obvious feature of a hat, at least initially, so it’s important to go with the right hue. We generally recommend that hat-lovers chose the colour of their toppers according to the season, with warmer colours - think browns, maroons, tans - being high contenders in the autumn and winter, while brighter shades are beautiful in the spring and summer.
Of course, there are some classics that withstand all seasons and occasions: black, greys, and beiges are perennial choices, while some brown hues can equal the cheeriness of the warmer months.