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Hat lovers around the world come together to express their love of hats. Weekly posts about everything hat related. From videos, and photo collages, to informative articles giving you a inside look at the world of hats.

  • A Season of Style: Top Ten 2014 Winter 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 hat? 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

    There is a style of beanies 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 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 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. 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 hat 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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  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

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    How to Donate or Support the Cause

    There are several ways for you to support this cause. Additionally, there are many places you can donate money to breast cancer research including donating on the Susan G. Komen Foundation website here. You can show your support for the cause with a breast cancer hat, embroidered pink ribbon beanie, pink ribbon headband, t-shirts, stickers and more. Most of the money made on these items retailers sell all October long is given back to support breast cancer research.

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    Breast Cancer History

    Breast cancer has been around since the dawn of modern civilization. It is characterized by small lumps and tumors on the body, more specifically the breast. Unlike other internal cancers the visible lumps and tumors led to early physicians ability to document and report on this disease. When cancer first began to be diagnosed, early detection was difficult because it was seen as a more taboo issue and was not publicly discussed. That drastically lowered the survival rate. The pink ribbon was adopted as the symbol of breast cancer in the early 1900's.  The first documented case of breast cancer was over 3500 years ago! Early physicians tried many forms of treatment to combat this disease, including opium, caster oil, licorice, sulfur, and other salves.

    Early on, doctors thought this cancer was caused by a number of reasons ranging from curdled milk and a sedentary lifestyle all the way to lack of sex, depressive disorders and even curdled milk. In 1757 the first breast cancer surgery was performed and by the 19th century advances in antiseptic and anesthesia made this the new number one treatment method. As the years have gone by physicians have been able to pinpoint preventative tips to lower your chance of developing breast cancer.

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    There are Breast Cancer support groups popping up all across the world.

    Prevention

    These are few preventative modern methods to decrease your chances of developing breast cancer.

    1. Maintain a healthy weight.
    2. Participate in daily exercise or another physical activity.
    3. Limiting consumption of alcohol.
    4. Eating nutritious food and maintaining a balanced diet.
    5. Don't smoke, or quit smoking if you do.

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    Treatments

    If you end up developing breast cancer there are three treatment methods that you will be presented with. With any surgery there are no guarantees, but survival rates have drastically increased over the last 30 years.

    1. Surgery
    2. Medication
    3. Radiation

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    Breast Cancer Awareness Groups

    In the early 1900's breast cancer awareness groups began to pop up, informing women about breast cancer, early detection, prevention, and causes of the disease. Groups like the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the American Breast cancer Foundation, and websites like Breastcancer.org have really made a big difference in the survival rates in women with breast cancer.

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    The breast cancer awareness movement has actually had some great accomplishments over the past 30 years including:

    • Environmental toxins and other triggers of breast cancer are now closely studied and more regulated.
    • Breast conserving surgical treatments are now offered whenever possible.
    • There are hundreds of new support groups for women fighting against breast cancer.
    • Hospitals now have a breast cancer centers that allows patients to meet with their surgeon, plastic surgeon, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist in the same room at the same time.
    • As a country we raise millions for research each year.
    • We have changed our belief that the most aggressive treatment for cancer, is the best treatment.
    • Second opinions are more widely accepted than ever. Opening minds to alternative views and techniques.

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    Breast Cancer Organizations

    1. Susan G. Komen for the Cure
    2. American Breast Cancer Foundation
    3. Breast Cancer Research Foundation
    4. Avon Foundation
    5. American Cancer Society
    6. Breastcancer.org
    7. National Breast Cancer Foundation

    Whether you wear hats for breast cancer awareness month, or donate money online to your favorite foundation you will be supporting a great cause.

  • Hat Lovers Unite

    We want to take the time to welcome you to the brand new e4Hats blog site.

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    Welcome to the first entry of our new blog series entitled, "Hat Lovers Unite." e4Hats.com has been your home for spectacular hats, caps, and accessories for almost 14 years now. With thousands of different products available, we pride ourselves on being able to provide a hat for every head.  Here you will a find a plethora of articles, videos, interviews. This content will help you learn more about  the history of our hats, awesome style tips, great ways to take care of your hat, and so much more.

    Nobody can match our unwavering passion for hats. We think about hats all day long, and they take over our dreams at night. We need to share our knowledge with the world. Check back often for weekly up to date news and interactive posts about the current state of the hat world. We also will provide you with invaluable links to great hat and cap content and resources.

    The number one problem that we find with online hat shopping is finding the right size. If you are having trouble sizing your hats, check out our size charts to make sure you find a hat that fits exactly the way that you want it. This is a start of a fantastic series of blogs offering a great new resource to our customers. We are hat lovers, and there is a hat lover in all of us. We may all come from different places, but there is one thing that brings us all together, and that is our love of hats. Hat lovers unite!

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