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  • Strawsome Summer Straw Hats

    It is finally time for the sun to show its smiling face again.

    cowboy 1While much of the East coast is still living under the white cloud of one of the harshest winters we have ever seen, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The summer is approaching and the sun’s smiling face will show itself once again. Being in California, we do not necessarily experience seasons. Every day it is usually 60-70 degrees and even if it rains, you just have to wait a couple minutes and it will probably stop. Regardless of where you live, many people still wait all year for the summertime.  The temperature heats up and people love spending time outdoors. It is finally time to grab that beach towel that has been gathering dust, lather up the sunscreen, and head to the beach. Your summertime arsenal including these items is so important. What a better addition to your summertime arsenal than a strawsome straw hat?

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    cowboy 3The summer will be here before you know it. The warm, inviting summer sun can be great, but you need to protect your skin. There are so many killer summer hats in this world, and finding the right one is paramount to providing yourself complete UV protection. A killer straw hat can keep you enjoying the incredible weather while at the same time keeping your skin healthy and cancer free. If you carry a preconceived notion that a straw hat is a gaudy, uncomfortable hat, you need to take a second look. Two of the most important factors to consider when buying a hat are sun protection, and the breathable nature and comfort of the hat. Whether you try out a straw cowboy hat, a straw visor or any other straw hat, you are not going to believe how comfortable a straw hat can actually be. Straw is one of the lightest yet durable materials available and has been used for decades to provide complete sun protection.

     

    visor 4You will be surprised at how many straw hats are available. There are so many fantastic summer hat styles to choose from this season including wide brim, sombreros, gambler, bucket and many other summer straw hat styles. For all the women looking for a fashionable head turning, eye catching straw hat we have Toyo braid, sun block visors, raffia, and cowboy hats. Any one of these hats would help you experience the summer the way it was intended. Enjoy the outdoors, without worrying about sun protection. These strawsome straw hats make you look good, keep you feeling good, and are unbelievably easy on the old wallet. Look cool while keeping your head cool. So on your next incredible outdoor adventure whether you are traversing the rainforest, or maybe just watering your lawn do not forget your hat.

     

     

  • Horse Riding, Hog Tying, Cowboy Hats

    Cowboy hats have never been as popular as they are today.
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    When they were first invented it was all about function and not all about style, like it is today. Cowboy hats were born out of necessity. They were worn to protect the wearer’s face and neck from the elements, both the blazing sun as well as the harsh winter cold. The early adopters of this hat style were not concerned about their wardrobe or appearance, all they were concerned with was their safety and comfort. Today the cowboy hat has become a fashion icon. The hat is worn by people all over the world as a part of their hip fashionable wardrobe. The amount of cowboy hat styles out there truly boggles the mind. They now come in all shapes, sizes, colors, materials, and they even make hats for different regions.

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    The cowboy hat rose to prominence via the “Spaghetti Westerns” and actors like John Wayne truly brought the hat style into the limelight. That popularity has steadily grown year after year making the cowboy hat one of the most popular hat styles in existence today. You can find hats out there for men, women, and even children. There are so many styles out there to choose from including, high crown, wide brim, rolled brim, chin strap, and stained. The materials these hats are available in is just as varied as the styles including, straw, tea stained, sewn wheat, suede, corduroy, felt, Toyo, and so much more. These hog tying, horse riding cowboy hats were a huge party of early western culture and are just as big of part of modern day fashion as well. Especially in the summertime, straw cowboy hats are one of the most popular hat styles because they not only keep your head cool but they also offer you a fashionable eye catching, head turning look. These summertime cowboy hat styles include Raffia Cowboy, Outback Tea Stained Cowboys, Toyo, Serape, Western styles, and others.

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    The country music scene is riddled with cowboy hats. Many of the top country musicians in the world are hardly ever seen without a cowboy hat. Whether or not you are an actual cowboy or just have a little cowboy in you, you cannot let yourself go another hat less season. Every hat is unique so make sure you look at every aspect of a hat before you choose the right one for you.

  • The Birth of a Hat: Bucket

    The bucket hat was born from very humble beginnings.

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    Origins:

    The hat has evolved from its inception as a standard issue hat used to protect the necks of the Israeli Defense Force troops battling in the desert sun in the 1940’s to something much more. As time passed the hat has evolved into one of the most versatile hat options that has ever been created. The hat has been glorified throughout the years in movies and television shows. Most notably in the television series Gilligan’s Island where the lead character Gilligan rocked his iconic bucket hat in every episode. The hat was also prominently featured on Hunter S. Thompson’s character from the movie "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" where it became Johnny Depp’s trademark style. The bucket hat also was the trademark style that Hunter S. Thompson himself was known for. The bucket hat has become so popular due to how incredibly versatile it is. Depending on how you sport your hat it can communicate so much. It can help you stay comfortable and cool while at the same time can add some necessary glam and style to your wardrobe. No matter who has worn the bucket hat over years from the hot desert soldiers to the emerging hip hop artists of the 20th century like LL Cool J, the bucket hat has always been on the forefront of style and function. The bucket hat’s popularity peaked in the 1980’s but has recently experienced a resurgence in popularity. The bucket hat will one day take its place in the Hat Hall of Fame.

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    Styles:

    The bucket hat has such a unique and iconic style that stays true to its early designs. That iconic design has stayed the same. Something that has changed about the bucket hat however, is the many styles, colors, and materials that you can find the bucket hat in. Found in cotton, canvas, nylon, denim, polyester and other soft comfortable materials, the bucket hat provides fantastic summertime protection for your head, face, and neck. The bucket hat features little holes, known as grommets that allow ventilation for your head. The hat has never been associated with any nationality and has been worn in all cultures around the world. Made of washable, breathable material you can find a bucket hat for any style or outdoor activity. Nowadays you can find fishing hats, reversible styles, and flower-patterned, even Rasta styles.

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    The bucket has come a long way from the heads of the Israelis battling in the desert sun. It has been donned on the heads of many iconic people in television, movies and the music industry. It is one of the most versatile hat types available today. The hat features a timeless style that has maintained its popularity for almost 70 years. The bucket hat is not going anywhere. It will continue to be a popular hat style for years to come. Depending on the style the bucket hat can be casual like a fishing hat, or can communicate untouchable glam. No matter how much the bucket hat changes, that fact remains that the bucket hat makes a statement, and it makes it loud. Check out a great bucket hat found here on e4Hats.com.

     

     

    heart-of-heartsShow Your Hat Some Love:

    The bucket hat is like any other hat. You must take care when washing your hat to make sure the hat will stay by you side for years to come. The bucket hat is a crushable style hat so maintaining its shape is not as important as with other hat types. Check you hat’s tag for material information and to find the best cleaning method for you and your hat. Keep you and your hat happy with careful care. A soft bristle brush and some gentle cleanser could be a very good investment for you to make in prolonging the life of your hat. You can see some common hat care tips below for more information on how to keep your hat happy.

     

     

     

    Here are some additional 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
  • Your New Favorite Hat: The Felt Hat

    If you are always on the hunt for your new favorite hat, we are happy to tell you that the search may be over. There are a lot of very important factors that go into a "favorite hat," the material, the size, or the style. But there is also an intangible factor, and that is how the hat makes you feel. Some hats just make you feel like they belong atop your head. You wear them everywhere and you never take them off. There are times in a man’s life where they need to get a little dressed up. Most men scoff at the errant affair of getting dressed up but have grown accustomed to doing so for their loved ones, particularly, their wives and mothers. What if I told you that you might actually like getting dressed!

    The outfit can really make a man and no outfit is complete without a great hat. You are going to love the way you look and enjoy the feeling of being dressed up. Nothing fits the bill better than a felt hat. These dressy hats are the perfect accessory for both formal and casual occasions. What and a hat is made of is one of the most important factors in determining what hat is right for you. These felt hats feature a crushed top as well as a down-turned brim. They are made of durable, smooth, high quality material, that will make your hat last well beyond its years. The hard stiff material of these hats ensures that it will always maintain its shape. If you are hesitant about giving one of these classy pieces of head wear a try, take one out for a test drive. A felt hat offers a classic and stylish look that will be catching eyes and turning heads in no time. These hats might be on their way to becoming your new favorite hat.

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    When many people think about hat styles for men they think of a baseball cap and nothing more. There are more hat types out there if you only expand your idea of fashion. There are so many different styles of felt hats out there including upturned brim hats, rabbit fur, Indiana Jones, cowboy hats, fedoras, Aussie hats and many more. If you are looking for a more casual style then you want to look into a bowler, derby, or top hats. These hats are also interchangeable and can be worn in conjunction with both casual and formal attires. Men usually aren’t too open when it comes to love, but you might just fall in love with a great looking elegant felt hat. These hats are not as stiff, uncomfortable, and formal than you might think. Your fall and winter wardrobe is not complete without a fantastic felt hat. Men are turning into gentleman again, and the once popular hat style is making its triumphant return to the hat world. Whether you wear your hat for a dressy event or a more casual affair, we are confident that this will become your new favorite hat or at the very least top 3. Stay classy internet!

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  • The Birth of a Hat: Bowler, Derby & Top

    The birth of a hat is the most momentous event in the life of a hat...

     

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    The bowler, derby, and top hat are similar yet differ in a few major ways. We will start with the bowler hat. The bowler hat, created on 6th St. James Street in London by hatters George and James Lock was originally created for just one man. The hat was a custom hat for an aristocrat named William Coke II. He wanted the hat for his estate servants to wear when patrolling his estate. It was a stronger more practical replacement for the traditional top hat. Mr. Coke was pleased with the durability of the hat. The hat at first was called a “coke” hat but was soon changed to a “bowler” cap after William Bowler who was the first creator of the first bowler prototype. The hat was initially worn by professional servants but was later adopted by lawyers, doctors, bankers and many other professionals. The derby hat was the name given to the “bowler” hat when it made its way to America. It was a hard and durable hat perfect for a wide range of uses and professions. The hat rose to prominence when used during horseback riding, and soon, more causal versions of the hat were made featuring softer material made specifically for the middle and lower classes. The top hat was created in the 18th century. In 1797 a man named Hetherington first wore the hat on the streets and people were so taken aback by the over the top style that Hetherington was actually arrested for disturbing the peace. For wearing a hat! He made front page news and this led to many people wearing the hat. The top hat quickly became associated with the upper class and over the years would become an iconic symbol in America. The top hat would later become the symbol for capitalism, and the monopoly of capitalism. The hat started in the upper class but soon spread to all classes. The top hat has evolved over the years at first being very broad and tall to the more modern looking top hat that is much smaller.

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    The bowler, derby, and top hat are all close variations of the same tough hard cloth cap. There are many variations of each some simpler and some more complex with ribbons, other accents, two tone styles and more. The bowler hat offers a elegant, fancy look to both men or women. The bowler hat features a more rounded crown than the top hat and derby hat. The bowler hat has not change changed its style over the last few decades. The saying goes, "if it ain't broke don't fix it." The derby hat is another great similar hat choice. The derby hat is very similar to the bowler hat but the bill is more curled up. The derby hat is the iconic hat of the leprechaun. He may not give you his pot of gold, but you can take a page out of his style book. When it comes to top hats, there are several styles that you can check out. Top hats differ in mostly size, material and shape. If you are looking for a more subdued top hat style you can find a smaller style, if you want the traditional over sized over the top style you can find that too. A top hat is like a fine wine, every hat is different and they all have their unique personalities. Check out the bowler, derby, and top hats that are available.

     

    Eternal_clock  The Future...

    The bowler, derby, and top hat is not as popular as it once was early in our country’s history, but it still remains a great option for more refined style and for more elegant occasions. Here at e4Hats.com we strive to be on the cutting edge of the hat world and we are always updating our hat inventory of new and elegant looking bowler, derby, and top hats. All of these hats offer a classic look that is never going to go out of style. There is always going to be somebody out there that is looking to add that little something extra to their personal style. The future of these styles includes showing respect to the past while looking in to the future. These hat styles are classic and are not going to change too much going in to the future. What is going to change moving forward is these hats are starting to make a big comeback, these classic vintage style hats are being adopted into modern fashion now and will continue to do so in the future.

     

     

    heart-of-heartsShow Your Hat Some Love:

    Bowler, derby, and top hats are usually made of tough, durable material but also require some care and maintenance. You can purchase a soft brush to help you gently clean your hat. These types of hats are perfect for dry cleaning if you are looking for the most delicate care options. You hat shows you a lot of love, show your hat a little love from time to time. Proper care and maintenance of these sometimes delicate hats can make your hat last well beyond its years. These hats should never be soaked in water and gentle cleansers are the best way to spot treat your hat. Taking a little time to remember hat care can go a long way in determining the longevity of your hat. Be sure to also check out these common hat care tips below to help you get the most out of your bowler, derby, or top hat.

     

     

    Here are some additional 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

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