Flat Caps Info

A flat cap, Dai cap or Ivy cap is a rounded men's or women's cap with a small stiff brim in front. Cloths used to make the cap include original wool, tweed (most common), and cotton. Less common materials may include leather. Cord flat caps are also worn in various colours. The inside of the cap is usually lined with silk for comfort and warmth.

The style can be traced back to the 14th century in Northern England namely Grimsby and parts of Southern Italy, when it was more likely to be called a "bonnet", which term was replaced, except in Scotland by "cap" before about 1700. When Irish and English immigrants came to the United States, they brought the flat cap with them.

A 1571 Act of Parliament to stimulate domestic wool consumption and general trade decreed that on Sundays and holidays, all males over 6 years of age, except for the nobility and persons of degree, were to wear caps of wool manufacture on force of a fine (3/4d (pence per day). The Bill was not repealed until 1597, though by this time, the flat cap had become firmly entrenched in English psyche as a recognized mark of a non-noble subject; be it a burgher, a tradesman, or apprentice.

Flat caps were almost universally worn in the 19th century by working class men throughout Britain and Ireland, and versions in finer cloth were also considered to be suitable casual countryside wear for upper-class English men (hence the contemporary alternative name golf cap). Flat caps were worn by fashionable young men in the 1920s.

The stereotype of the flat cap as purely "working class" was never correct. They were frequently worn in the country, but not in town, by middle- and upper - class males for their practicality. Mather says: "A cloth cap is assumed in folk mythology to represent working class but it also denotes upper class affecting casualness.

So it is undoubtedly clasles and there lies its strength. A toff can be a bit of a chap as well without, as it were, losing face. When worn by an upper-class gentleman, it is sometimes referred to as a slummers' cap. The British workman no longer commonly wears a flat cap, so in the twenty-first century, it has gained an increasingly upper-class image. Though in Britain the flat cap is frequently worn as part of an "urban" or "street" look favoured by the working classes and thus, the balance is maintained.

British popular culture the flat cap has been associated with older working class men, especially those in northern England and the west country, as personified by Fred Dibnah and comic strip anti-hero Andy Capp. The flat cap's strong connection with the working class and and Del-Boy Trotter of Only Fools and Horses. A working class native of Newcastle in North east England, AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson customarily wears a flat cap on stage and frequently off.

The popularity of the flat cap also remains strong with fans of English country clothing, rural and agricultural workers, the country set or those who simply find them practical, though it tends to be associated with an older generation of wearers. Charles, Prince of Wales is often photographed in a tweed or tartan flat cap at his various country residences.

Boys in the United Kingdom and North America of all classes wore Flat caps in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This was not always the case in the Unite States.

Flat caps were not very common in the 19th century, although we see some being worn in the 1890s. They grew in popularity in the 1900s and by the 1910s were standard boys' wear. The working-class association prevalent in Britain, was never very prevalent in America. Boys of all classes wore them. They were worn to school, for casual wear, and with suits. Flats caps were almost always worn with knicker suits in the 1910s and 20s.

The perception that Flat caps in some areas declined in popularity during the 1930s and 40'sis not entirely justified as Flat cap was wore in the South mostly by African American to emulate Jazz musicians.

The flat cap hat is often associated in popular culture with city newsboys (i.e., street-corner newspaper sellers) in North America. Some may associate the cap more with working class boys, though this may be purely personal or regional possibly due to popular portrayals in movies and other media, the cap is commonly perceived as a badge of a cab driver in the United States; for this reason, it is sometimes referred to as a cab driver or cabbie hat.

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