What is Flat Cap?

A flat cap (sometimes ” scaly cap”) is a rounded cap with a small stiff brim in front, originating in Great Britain and Ireland. The hat is known in Ireland as a paddy cap, in SCO as a bunnet, in Wales as a Dai cap, in New Zealand as a cheese-cutter, and in the United State as a driving cap. Cloths used to make the cap include wool, tweed (most common), and cotton Scottish hat. Less common materials may include leather, linen, or corduroy. The inside of the cap is commonly lined for comfort and warmth.

We are particularly fond of this section and take great pride in the following selection. Our family patriarch, Irving Belinsky, had a great selection of ivy caps and newsboy hats that he accumulated from his travels around the world. Because virtually any fabric can be cut-and-sewn into a variation of these two styles, what you find here is a distillation of the vast universe of ivy and newsboy caps in the world. Note: Newsboy hats were known as eight-quarter caps (aka 8/4 Cap) in the hat industry named because of the eight triangular panels or Royal Stewart Tartan Glengarry Hat that meet in the center of the crown usually with a button or pom-pom at their vortex. Pay attention to the details in the descriptions e.g. lined or unlined, one snap or two snaps joining the crown to the bill.


One of the flat hats worn in academia is known as a bonnet or Tudor bonnet and derives directly from the medieval headgear of the period of the original 1571 Act. It remains ceremonial wear by members of the academic community in many countries, usually as the headgear of doctoral graduates. Commonly, it has a soft, round crown and a stiff, flat brim. The bonnet is often made of black velvet and trimmed, between crown and brim, with gold cord and tassels. Some universities opt to trim their bonnets with colored cord and tassels.

The flat cap hat is associated in North American (chiefly US) popular culture with city newsboys (i.e., street-corner newspaper sellers), the style sometimes being called a “newsboy” or newsboys cap, sometimes referred to as a “Kangol hat” due to conflation with the brand that makes certain styles of flat caps. It is also sometimes seen worn by the older non-professional or amateur golfer.

Can I Wear a flat cap?

If you are a lover of classic style, then a flat cap will suit your wardrobe no matter your age or occupation. Sized properly, they flatter nearly all face shapes and they can be styled to suit casual, informal, and formal attire.

What is the difference between a flat cap and a newsboy cap?

The most noticeable distinction between the two styles is that newsboy caps are rounder, puffier, and look a little baggy. Unlike a flat cap, which has no bagginess, a newsboy cap is sewn together from the top of the hat creating eight panels — as such, a newsboy cap is often called an eight-panel or gatsby cap.

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