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  • Top Ten 2014 Winter Hats and Trends

    Winter is here, are you ready.

    Fashion can be one of the most polarizing topics among people all over the world. Who truly decides what becomes the next trendy winter hats? Is it celebrities? Could it be fashion designers? Do you just follow what the advertisers tell you? If you are just a regular Joe like myself, wading through the noise to get a simple yet striking style, can be a monumental undertaking. I have scoured the internet to put together a simple layman's guide for busy men and women so you can stay ahead of the fashion trends that matter to you.

     

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    Number One: Slouchy Beanie

    One of the best winter hats you can wear is a beanie and there is a style of beanie out there that has been around for a very long time but is still somehow relatively unknown. That is the slouchy beanie. A slouchy beanie is is not worn like a traditional beanie but has more space in the crown and is also worn more towards the back of your head. This beanie is great to wear in more temperate climates like California where "cold", really isn't that cold. This is a great new take on the traditional beanie. Check out some of the great ways to wear this versatile beanie below.

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    number 2Number 2: The Infinity Scarf

    The "infinity scarf" also known as a snood scarf is a style that I only recently became aware of. The best way to describe this style is that it is a super long scarf that is wrapped around your neck repeatedly. It has a bunched up but stylish look that has been worn by both men and women, and stars and starlets. If you are looking to turn heads while staying warm this winter, then this is the scarf for you. It can be worn with a wide variety of outfits and can be found in several different styles. Take a look here at some awesome infinity scarves available.

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    Number 3: Flip Top Gloves

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    Sometimes you want your fingers protected and other times you want to let those fingers roam. That is the beauty of flip top gloves. These versatile gloves can be worn as mittens but can also be converted into fingerless gloves. Like most men, I really hate making simple decisions. While they won't help me decide what food to eat for dinner, or what to do on a Saturday night, they can help be decide between gloves and mittens. It truly is the best of both hand accessory worlds.

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    Number 4: Santa Hats

    The Santa hat. One of the most popular winter hats out there. One of the most iconic hats worn in December since the birth of Christ(Slight embellishment) is still as popular as ever. You can't walk a block without seeing somebody sporting one of these fun hats. They are not just fun for kids. Casually wearing Santa hats has actually been widely accepted for adults both at work and at play.

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    Number 5: The Ugly Sweater

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    Ahhh, the ugly sweater, one of my most favorite things about the holiday season. Gone are the days of flipping through the racks at the Goodwill to find the most perfect ugly sweater. Winter hats have a new best friend, the ugly sweater. The ugly sweaters of today are actually designed to be ugly, on purpose. I don't know if they are hipster, or fashionable or what have you, I just love them. You better shop for one soon before they only have the pretty ones left.

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    Number 6: Trooper and Trapper Hats

    The next one on the list is the trooper and trapper hat. This is my personal favorite on this list. If you have not ever worn a trooper hat it is easily the most comfortable winter hats in existence today. With the fur lining and the long ear flaps, it is an integral part of the winter wardrobe. Not many outdoor excursions should take place without this trusted cranial companion.

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    Number 7: Animal Beanie Hats

    Animal beanie hats is a style that really picked up steam last year and continues to be a fun way to stay warm and have fun for both kids and adults alike. That trend looks like it will continue, as you can even find these types of hats on the shelf of your local 7 Eleven stores. When you see it at 7 Eleven you know it has hit the mainstream. These hats also come with mitten paws attached for added warmth and whimsy. Most of the MVP's of the animal kingdom can be found including pandas, monkeys, dogs, tigers, and even frogs.

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    Number 8: Ski Mask

    Ski and snow season is here. Now skiing and snowboarding is nothing new, and people have been hitting the slopes for decades now, but the gear has changed. Enter the neoprene ski mask. There are hundreds of cool designs out there for every person and every personality. Whether you are a winter bad boy and skulls are your thing you can find that. If you are more on the nerdy side you will find Transformers, and Hannibal designs. For the hipster (most might never admit it) you can find mustache designed face masks all across god's green internet.

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    Number 9: Corduroy Everything

    Corduroy is making a comeback (I never thought I would ever write that). Believe I was just as surprised as you, in finding out. Alas, the Prince of texture, the sultan of swag, and the king of casual is making it's triumphant return to the world of fashion. Corduroy hats, pants, bags, purses, children's clothes, high fashion apparel, and so many other bits of fashion are creeping back in style. Corduroy has always been the "Little Engine that Could" but it not only can it is, and it can be found all throughout popular fashion today.

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    Number 10: The Watch is Back in Style

    Many people have a love, hate relationship with a watch. Believe me, for the first 24 years of my life, the last thing I would ever be asking for this Christmas would be a watch. Flash forward to today, the watch has become an integral part of my daily fashion repertoire. It seems like I am not only in my new found appreciation for the watch. Both men and women are wearing watches more and more, and most are doing for for the fashion benefits and not to become more punctual.

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  • A Newsboy Hat's Journey: From Newsies to Mario and Beyond

    The newsboy cap has come a very long way.

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    The Journey Begins:

    Long before Mario and Luigi donned their iconic newsboy hat it had quite a history. The newsboy and Gatsby style hat is very similar to a flat cap. It is also known as a baker boy, Apple, eight quarter, or cabbie. It has the same overall shape and a stiff peak like a flat cap but the body is rounder and fuller. Newsboy and Gatsby style hats are also paneled with a button on top as well as a button attaching the front to the brim. The newsboy hat at first was synonymous with the early news boys that sold newspapers on the street corner. The newsboy hat was associated with the young boys who sold newspapers but they were not the only ones that adopted this hat style. The hat was worn all throughout North America in the late 19th and 20th century by both boys as well as adult men. The newsboy cap was loved by all people and all classes, especially the “lower class.” Many early photographs from this time period depict someone wearing this classic hat style. Just like wearing a baseball cap did not mean that you were a necessarily a baseball player, the same was true that just because you wore a newsboy cap did not make you a news boy. The news boys might have helped this hat style grow in popularity but this hat was soon worn by other professionals such as dock workers, high steel workers, farmers, artisans, beggars, and other professions. This hat style began with the lower class but was soon adopted into the upper class as well. What started as a simple inexpensive hat style eventually led to construction of higher quality caps. These were worn by the upper classes for use in their leisure activities like golf.  F. Scott Fitzgerald was the author of a popular book called the Great Gatsby. One of the characters was Jay Gatsby. The novel was so popular that a new style of hat was born. The hat became known as a Gatsby style cap. This has is similar to the flat cap style but is simpler featuring a more pronounced bill. Nowadays you will be hard pressed to not see hundreds of  newsboy style Mario hats on costumes all across the country.

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    The Evolution of Style

    The newsboy cap is a hat style that not even the hipsters can ruin. A newsboy hat or Gatsby style hat can be found today is many styles, colors and designs. These caps have been referred to as baker boy, golf cap, cabbie, or driving caps. All these styles maintain that same classic design but add tweaks for both style and comfort. Gatsby cap, ascot, Apple, and 8 quarter styles remain popular to this day. Not many people have heard of this hat style but the ones that love it are very passionate about it. It has been one of the most popular hats for men in the last decade.

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    Modern History:

    The newsboy and Gatsby cap style has been around for over a century now. The style has changed and evolved while also staying true to the integrity of the original design. It has graced the heads of early news boys, factory workers, farmers, beggars and artisans. It has been popularized by famous literary characters. It has evolved from being a cap worn by the lower class, to becoming a very popular hat of the affluent upper class. The newsboy and Gatsby style cap will continue to evolve in both style and function. We will continue to be on the cutting edge of current hat styles and trends. This hat has been around for over a hundred years and newsboy, Gatsby and other flat cap styles will be around for another hundred years. Believe it or not but Mario has been around since 1981 years and his iconic red cotton elastic newsboy hat is still worn as a Halloween costume every year, now that's staying power. Mario isn't the only one having all the fun, his slightly younger brother Luigi, created in 1983 has his own iconic green cotton elastic newsboy hat.

     

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    Hat Care:

    These 5 tools will become your cap's best friend.This is a delicate hat style and as such requires delicate care. Look for a soft bristle brush to help you delicately remove stubborn stains. Be sure to use circular patterns when cleaning you hat to gently remove dirt and stains. Try to not get your cap overly wet and if you hat becomes wet simply shake off the excess water and let air-dry. Using these tips as well as the ones listed below you will be sure to keep your hat looking stunning for years to come

     

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    Here are some common hat care tips:

    • Every hat will develop its own personality and style with time. Small marks on the hat are all part of the hats life cycle and only add to its authenticity.
    • All hats can be treated with a waterproof spray if necessary
    • Some hats might shrink if they are exposed to high heat, or left out exposed to sunlight
    • A stiff brim allows your hat to be shape the way that you would like, but some hats feature a flexible brim that allows the hat to be crushed.
    • If you do not have a hat form, place the hat on a bowl while it dries to keep its form.
    • The dishwasher is another viable option for washing a hat but can sometimes fade the colors of the hat,
    • Dry cleaning is also a cheap and effective way to keep your hat clean
    • If you are completely lost about hat care check the tag to find washing instructions
  • A World of Color: Sun Hat

    So many people are satisfied living in a mundane, black and white world.

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    Life offers so many wonderful vibrant colors, especially during springtime. A black and white world is not a world that we want to live in. This week we introduce you to our new world, a world of color. Whether you are looking for a bright yellow, or a vibrant red sun hat, there is a fantastic piece of head wear waiting for you. There is no better way to express your personal fashion sense than with lively colors. The spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. The flowers are in bloom and the birds are singing the sweet songs of the spring. Be sure to check out our wide selection of warm weather dressy hats including wide brim visors, and fashionable cloche and Sinamay sun hats. Welcome to our world of color. The country has experienced one of the most intense winters in recent history. We are happy to finally start to see the sun’s smiling face.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Classic Yet Modern

    Modern, now that is a word that is thrown around a lot these days. But what exactly does the term “modern” mean. If you ask five people to define the term “modern” you might get five different definitions. We feel like the best modern styles take the past into account offering classic yet modern offerings. There have been several classic, quintessential hat styles of the last century. Hats like the cowboy hat, bucket hat, baseball cap, and visor have all grown and evolved over the years. These new crop of hats take into account the hat’s long and storied history and have been tweaked to fit the modern era. Throughout the years the styles, colors, materials, and uses have changed but the original styling remains. Check out the classic yet modern styles that are available today. We have our finger on the pulse of the hat and cap industry so you can be comfortable knowing that you will find the modern styles that everyone is looking for. Properly equip yourself for spring with an eye catching head turning spring hat. Modern styles do not have to come at a high price. The past and present come together to unique and modern styles that continue to push the style envelope even further.

     

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    Spring Comes Alive

    Bye-bye winter blues, hello springtime sun. Spring is a time of renewal, rebirth and rejuvenation. The flowers, trees, and plants come alive. Gone are the clouds, snow, and rain and in its place we welcome the sun’s much needed warmth. Stay protected from the sun with wonderful sun hat. There are so many great hats out there just waiting for their time in the sun. However, there is one hat that most forget about during spring time and that is a baseball cap. A baseball cap is a great casual way to stay protected from the sun. Check out the hundreds of great ball caps we have available. We have fantastic spring head wear for men, women, as well as children. Springtime is our favorite time of the year to enjoy the best that Mother Nature has to offer. Enjoy the natural beauty of the world around you. Find the perfect sun kissed hat for you and your family.

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