Boys' Headwear: Types


Figure 1.--These American brothers, I think from Texas, show how much more common it was to wear caps and hats in the early 20th century. The postcard portrait is undated, but we would guess was taken in the 1910s. The older brothers wear hats, while their younger brother a cap.

Men and boys over time have worn a wide variety of headgear. The major headwear types are hats and caps. Boys and men wore hats and caps much more commonly in the past. No well dressed boy's outfit in the 19th and first half of the 20th century would fail to include a hat or cap. The difference being a cap is a close-fitting head covering resembling a hat, but differing principally because of the absence of a brim or by having a brim that only partially circumvents the crown. While most Western boys have mostly worn caps or hats, there are several other headwear type such as berets. Hoods are not a garment normally associated with boys's wear. Sone boy's jackets and coats do come with hoods. The most common is the duffle coat, but other garments such as anoraks. The beret has to be the most versitle head gear in history. What other head gear has been worn by little boys and girls, elite soldiers, scruffy Cuban revolutionariers, boy and girl scouts, shepards, a president's nemesis, and many others more. Widely worn in the Middle East and South Asia.

Berets

The beret has to be the most versitle head gear in history. What other head gear has been worn by little boys and girls, elite soldiers, scruffy Cuban revolutionariers, boy and girl scouts, shepards, a president's nemesis, and many others more. It is esentially a visorless cap--but the simple design can be worn for a multiplicity of different looks.

Caps

Boys and men wore hats and caps much more commonly in the past. No well dressed boy's outfit in the 19th and first half of the 20th century would fail to include a hat or cap. The difference being a cap is a close-fitting head covering resembling a hat, but differing principally because of the absence of a brim or by having a brim that only partially circumvents the crown.

Hoods

Hoods are not a garment normally associated with boys's wear. Sone boy's jackets and coats do come with hoods. The most common is the duffle coat, but other garments such as anoraks. Some garmnts like the gabersine overcoat came with hoods, but here it was more common for girls to wear the overcoats with hoods thab boys.

Hats

Boys and men wore hats and caps much more commonly in the past. No well dressed boy's outfit in the 19th and first half of the 20th century would fail to include a hat or cap. Today headgear is less commionly worn. The difference being a cap is a close-fitting head covering resembling a hat, but differing principally because of the absence of a brim or by having a brim that only partially circumvents the crown.

Turbans

We have very little information on turbans at this time. It is a male garment worn by both men and boys. While boys canb wear turbans, mostly we see them being worn by men, perhaps because of the complicated process in preparing the turban. The turban consists of a long length of material (normally silk, cotton, or linen) would either around a cap or directly on the head. We note turbans being worn in the Middle East, South Asia and to a lesser extent Southeast Asia. It is perhaps most common on the Indiasn subcontinent. We notice turbasns in India. Sikhs wear turbans as a matter of religious requirement. It is also a garment assosciated with Hindus and Muslims. We do not yet have information on the historical origins of the turban. We have one image of an Arab boy in the United Arab Emirates wearing a turban.








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