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From the Panama to the Pillbox, a Guide to Every Type of Hat

You can't be a well-rounded person without knowing the difference.
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Okay, not completely true, but who doesn't like naming things correctly? While you might already be familiar with deerstalkers and sunhats, here, our complete flashcard session of every headwear style you need to know.

Boater


Pretty self-explanatory, but just for clarity, this is a flat-brimmed and -topped straw hat formerly worn by seamen. Usually has a ribbon; would be better if said ribbon were trailing in the breeze as you made someone else rowed your boat.

Beret


No longer reserved for caricatures of French people, this jaunty chapeau has made its way into the popular fashion lexicon, thanks to brands like Gucci and Dior. If only there were a universally known measurement at which you could angle a beret to take it from "poseur" to "rakish."

Cloche

Had a moment in the aughts, has since retreated back into the ether (only to be resurrected for 1920s-themed events). "Cloche" means "bell" in French, which makes sense because that is what it looks like: A hollow rounded cone engulfing your cranium.

Beanie


A knit cap of variable slouchiness that can be worn a few ways, including but not limited to, high on the back of the head, or down over the ears with the brim turned up.

Baseball Cap


Also known as a snapback for—wait for it—the snaps on the adjustable band in the back. As Anna Sui once said, it's one of the most flattering styles on the face.

Pillbox


The kind of cake-shaped thing you see on flight attendants and in photos of Jackie Kennedy. It's a wonder how they ever manage to stay on.

Cowboy Hat


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You know, I think it's making a comeback.

Fedora


If you are a man and not a surviving member of the Rat Pack, do not pass go (sorry). Thankfully, the same does not apply to women. Fedoras are characterized by their material (felt) and creased crown.

Fisherman Hat


Are you on Instagram? Then you've seen this hat, with a puffy body and short bill, on a battleship's worth of influencers.

Sunhat


Customarily straw, capacious, protects your part from burning in the sun and peeling, and you having to explain, "IT'S NOT DANDRUFF."

Panama Hat


Traditionally woven from a type of local palm, the gates have now been opened to include any palm/straw-like material.

Trilby


Characterized (usually) by an upturned brim in the back. Otherwise just another straw thing with a brim and a band.

From: Marie Claire

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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