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Panda Hat

This whacky animal-based trend has become amazingly popular out there, with most of us who are out and about regularly, noticing one of these unique accessories at least once a day. Some people think it a strange fleeting observation which sticks in their mind for a bit, others smile about how funny they look and realise life is too short to be serious, and many others rush to their trusty laptop, pc, tablet or iphone as soon as they possibly can, in order to discover more!

After all, most of know someone who would get much use and appreciation out of a Panda Hat, or any other animal hat for that matter. It’s a great opportunity to play the fool with your friends, create an animal-based fancy dress party concept, or even add some extra fun for your best friend on his or her stag or hen party. Just imagine your 6 ft4 butch, rugby-mad, muscle-bound brother dressed up in only a mankini and a fluffy animal hat for the entire evening…

So let’s talk about quality; there is such a massive range of panda hats available online at the moment so depending on your idea of how you spend your cash, you could opt for your $5-machine-made-in-china-not-guaranteed-to-last-more-than-30 days type hats, which of course are great for a minimal amount of uses, especially on nights like the ones mentioned above; or you could look beyond the more economical replicas and spend around $30 for better quality materials and designs which are brought about by increased imagination and at least one eye on quality; to your famed Spirit Hood type hats which are essentially the ‘cream-of-the-crop’ accessory, for those of us who will not settle for anything less than the best quality for our money, with guarantees of uniqueness and local manufacture as well as longevity. Sure spending over $100 on this kind of accessory would seem insane to some people, but the panda spirit hood will undeniably last longer and remain fashionable than something that is cheap-as-chips. You really do get what you pay for when it comes to finding any decent accessory – go figure!

But hey, it’s your money and you should spend it however you want, so no matter who you are, how old you are, how big or small your noggin is, or how deep or shallow your pockets are, there is something cute and furry to invest in out there.

Make your daughter or son’s birthday a memorable one, delight your grandparents on their anniversary, turn up to your next fancy dress with a panda on your head or simply show off on your snowboard or skateboard while doing a fakie ollie or rear truck slide. It’s all about fun and laughter, and grabbing your very own panda hat is a great way to get playful like the child you are or once were.

Wearing Leather Hats

Leather hats are not only aesthetically pleasing to the eye they are also durable and can easily blend with any article of clothing in the wardrobe. Whether it’s a pair of designer jeans or a casual summer dress that you choose to wear, an elegant leather hat will always compliment the outfit at any time of the day. Leather always has an appeal of its own which is one of the reasons why even in the days gone by, cowboys and gentlemen of style preferred to don a hat made of leather irrespective of their status in society.

Whether it was a stockman in the outback of Australia or a cowboy riding across the planes of America, they all wore leather hats designed in keeping with their whims and fancies and to suit their respective lifestyles. These hats are still worn today by people to whom dressing impeccably matters a lot and whether it’s a Fedora, a cowboy hat or a classic top hat, they all scream out fashion and sophistication that is unmatchable in the true sense of the word.

Although modern hats are worn as a trendy accessory, they do have their uses especially in inclement weather to keep you from roasting in the sun or from the bitter winter cold. They also come in various shapes, styles and sizes and those who know the How’s and Why’s of it will at once recognize a particular hat, its make and the reason for it to be worn on any specific occasion. For instance, hats worn for Ascot in Britain are famous for their unique and astonishing beauty and worn by ladies of the upper classes.

Similarly, Derby hats are worn by high society ladies who have their amazing creations custom made for the Kentucky Derby with the main idea of outdoing each other in flamboyance, beauty or outrageousness of a particular creation. Hats worn for such occasions are priced beyond the range of mere mortals and can go up to thousands of dollars depending on the designer and the material used for its creation. Another very familiar hat is the Stetson which became immensely popular through the western movies that were making its rounds in the cinema circuits some time back.

There’s nothing however to beat a classic black leather hat which gives the wearer a tough, sexy look which is like a magnet to most women. These hats are unbelievably manly yet extremely practical especially when you have to be outdoors in the hot burning sun for any length of time. Their high crowns and wide brims provide adequate protection to the wearer and are also very useful to keep the eyes shaded from the glare as well as from dust and flying insects.

Hat Facts

In recognition of how many ways an egg could be prepared, the original chef’s tall hat was made with 100 pleats. This type of hat was first seen worn by French magistrates but was later worn by French chefs as a means of displaying seniority in the kitchen. Later on chefs in many countries adopted this style of hat for wear in the kitchen.

Pyrenean sheperds were some of the earliest people to wear the beret. During the 1880’s the French mountain regiment began wearing the blue beret because of its neat design, its adaptability and its durability. In 1918 the British tank corps entered into training operations with the French and they discovered the beret was ideally suited for tank crews because of the fitted shape and inobtrusive design. The beret is worn all over the world by soldiers today.

In America during the 1920’s an odd trend emerged where it was common for people to be beaten up if they were seen wearing a straw hat after the 15th of September. On September the 18th, 1925, a large fuss arose when President Coolidge was seen wearing a straw hat. Riots erupted in New York in 1922 when trouble-seeking gangs caused chaos by going on the rampage looking for people to attack and straw hats to destroy. In order not to be attacked, many people destroyed their own hats.

In the 19th century in the US baseball players wore an array of straw and cotton hats in order to protect their faces and eyes from the sun. Fans were not able to identify their favourite players so a standardised form of head-wear became desirable for both players and fans. The peaked baseball cap was first seen worn by the Brooklyn Excelsiors in 1860.

Hats declined in popularity at the end of the Second World War for a number of reasons. The hairstyles of the day meant hats were unpractical and sunglasses emerged as a very popular fashion accessory. Hat workers in factories started to worry about the future of the hat making industry, and in industrial towns such as Denton and Stockport it was not uncommon for people walking through without hats to be physically and verbally abused.