Flat Cap Guide – How To Pick A Newsboy Cap – Gentleman’s Gazette


Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette! In today’s video, we’ll discuss the flat cap,
also known as newsboy cap. I talk about the history, the style, how to
wear it, and anything else you want to know about this very classically stylish hat. Even though hats for men are past its prime,
with the recent popularity of shows like Boardwalk Empire and peaky blinders, the flat cap has
had somewhat of a renaissance. Unlike a fedora hat and you can learn more
about the fedora in this video, the flat cap is a little more casual. It’s easier to wear; you can wear it during
the winter, it will keep you warm and overall, it makes a softer statement than a Homburg
hat or Fedora. If you’ve never worn a hat before, It’s also
much less intimidating to wear and to pull off, and you can also combine it with more
casual outfits, or more formal outfits, sport coats, or anything else in the fall winter
wardrobe spectrum. So first of all, what is a flat cap or a newsboy
cap? Obviously, I’m wearing one here right now
and it’s made out of a woven fabric. It’s not knitted, there’s no felt, like in
typical menswear hats, overall, it has a very level and trim silhouette based on the one-piece
construction, meaning, the top is made out of one piece of fabric and then you have seams
on the side to get the distinct shape. Another characteristic is that the body off
the top part of the hat is pulled over the brim. Generally, it’s either sewn on or snapped
on, that way, you get a triangular side profile that gives the hat its characteristic shape. The other newsboy cap style that you might
have seen before, consists of usually eight panels with a cloth covered button in the
middle. Even though it’s a different style, it’s essentially
the same cap because it has the same triangular silhouette and it’s just a little looser fitting. Over the years, the flat cap has gotten many
monikers so it’s known as newsboy cap, cabbie, gatsby, IV, Jeff, duffer, duckbill, driving,
you name it. If you want to learn all about the monikers,
please check out the guide on our website here. Now it’s time to talk about the history of
the flat cap. Basically, it has been around since the 14th
century and its predecessor was the bonnet. The term cap became into use in England before
the 17th century. Interestingly, in the 16th century, the British
Parliament wanted to stimulate wool production so they mandated that every non nobleman had
to wear a flat cap on Sundays and on holidays, otherwise, they would face a fine. Even though that law didn’t last very long,
it had a profound impact on the way men dressed. As such, it had become the uniform of the
working man in England. Eventually, even the aristocracy would adapt
the flat cap but more for rural country sports things like shooting or hunting. The difference was that they used only higher-end
materials and so there was still a level of distinction. Despite that fact the flat cap has always
been more associated with the working class rather than with the aristocracy, over time,
the flat cap became more popular with its peak in the popularity around 1910 to 1925. The term newsboy cap evolved because little
boys who sold newspapers were wearing this cap and so that moniker was created. The show peaky blinders is set right around
that time and they even put little razor blades on top so it became a hallmark of that show. Because of that, many young men found an interest
in the cap and you see more and more of them on the street today than you did 10 or 15
years ago. It’s often also popular with older men who
want a warm hat during the colder days of the year without going all out and wearing
a fedora, or a Homburg hat, however, because it was a cap worn by younger men and news
boys as well as older men and men in their Middle Ages, It’s truly something that you
could wear at any point in time no matter how old you are, what your style is. So how should you wear a flat cap? Overall, think of the flat cap as a more stylish
equivalent to the baseball hat. So how do you wear a flat cap? First of all, if you get something made out
of tweed just the way I’m wearing it here right now, you always will make sure you have
a certain amount of contrast between the fabric on your hat and the rest of your outfit. It’s particularly true for the jacket and
a shirt, that being said, if you have a tweed suit or a jacket and a exactly matching flat
cap made of the same material, it looks very, very dapper. Definitely avoid flat caps that are very similar
in color but not the same because that just looks off; it’s like pairing a navy suit with
a black pair of pants. Second of all, do shape the brim to your taste;
that means you can actually move it like this and
to curve it a little bit, you can tilt your hat and get the exact look you want. Don’t wear your flat cap backwards because
it just looks awkward. This is not a baseball hat, after all, it
is more stylish brother. Four, don’t worry a flat cap in the summer
because it simply makes you overheat and sweat and it’s unnecessary. It’s a hat for the cold days of the year. Five, don’t wear a flat cap unsnapped. Sometimes, you’ll find flat caps that can
be unflapped, however, that’s a style that’s usually associated with women in the 70s and
since you’re a man, it’s not a very advantageous look. For that reason, higher end caps sometimes
don’t even have the snap button and they’re sewn shut. So how should you buy a flat cap? First of all, it’s important that it fits
comfortably on your head because it’s too tight, chances are, you’ve got a headache,
and if it’s too loose, the wind may blow it off. In terms of sizing, lower end flat caps usually
come in small, medium, and large, and there’s no real way for you to determine wether it’s
gonna fit you or not unless you try it out. Traditionally, flat caps would be sold in
the same sizes as hat sizes which means like European 60, 61 and so forth or American or
UK sizes which is 7 and 3/8 or 7 and a half and to figure out what hatsize you are, please
check out the table on our website here. Because it’s a soft hat and not a stiff hat,
you can simply measure your head around your forehead and transfer that measurement into
the hat size that will work for you. The flat cap was originally made from tweed
by the wool fabrics or sometimes even cotton and that reason you should stick with those
materials. In my opinion, tweed is really the best material
because it has the depth of color, it keeps you warm, it’s hard wearing, and it’s just
a wonderful fabric. To learn more about tweed, please check out
our in-depth tweed guide, here. Sometimes, I’ve also seen denim caps or maybe
leather caps or faux leather ones. I personally don’t think it’s a very advantageous
look and I’d rather stick with the classic stuff. For that same reason, I stay away from patchwork
flat hats or multi pattern caps because they’re simply too loud. Just like a bold red or really loud blue and
green hat. The good thing about tweed is usually it comes
in more subdued colors that suit the fall winter season. At the same time, the color composition of
the fabric is comprised of a range of different ones so it’s very easy to combine it with
other items in your wardrobe even though they don’t match and contrast. So whenever you find flat caps that are either
too bold or come in small, medium, and large, I suggest you skip them unless you know that
they will fit you and that you’ll like to wear them and they won’t just be a fashion
item that you have to throw away after a season. if you want to learn more about flat caps
and what brands you might want to buy please check out our full guide on the website here. Last but not least, if you think a flat cap
makes you look dated just browse the Internet and look for pictures of David Beckham or
people like Brad Pitt which are obviously mainstream media celebrities and they can
still pull it off and do so on a regular basis. in today’s video I’m wearing a flat cap that
it’s made out of a bold herringbone tweed I’m pairing it with a tweed jacket in green
with an windowpane my tie is a madder silk tie from Fort Belvedere in red my pocket square
is also from Fort Belvedere likewise madder silk in a bronze brown with green and red
that picks up the tones of the tie and the jacket the jacket is vintage which I found
at Bobby from Boston which is a vintage store a shirt is custom made from a nice cotton
flannel it goes well with a soft fall winter outfit my corduroys are from Polo Ralph Lauren
my boots are from Saint Crispin’s they’re a kind of chukka boot style and it’s a deer
suede that slightly contrasts my pants these socks I’m wearing are brown with clocks from
Fort Belvedere and of course over the calf the cuff links I’m wearing are double-sided
cloisonne enamel ones with blue in two-tone they’re vintage and I found them at a flea
market with this green flat cap I should have worn it with a green jacket and so I went
with this oatmeal herringbone one I could also wear it with this tweed jacket in grey
with a very bold diagonal twill weave if you’re onto tweed you can go with wool flat caps
such as this black one which work well with Gray’s maybe tans or khakis and you simply
have to find something that works with your style my fall winter style is tweed and because
of that I have a lot of tweed flat caps but even if we’re tweed you shouldn’t combine
every flat cap with every jacket here or in a Donegal jacket which is a tweed that it’s
characterized by its contrasting colorful flecks of wool and the cap has a same style
it would just clash instead I could go with this kind of tweed cap which is like a mottled
green but it doesn’t have these color specs and because of that it works well together
the same goes with this hat which likewise is a tweed coat with a nice color palette
that picks up elements of my tie but it still works with my jacket if you’re wearing a bold
herringbone Donegal tweed overcoat just like I’m wearing here right now and you have a
likewise bold herringbone pattern flat cap it is in a different color they don’t go well
together instead of try to stay with solids which are much better to wear and they just
combine really nice flat caps also really work well with solid overcoats simply because
they have this pattern in the Tweed and if you have a dark one maybe a simple herringbone
one like this one works just fine otherwise you couldn’t be bolder as well just observe
the general rules of pattern and color matching and get something that is either very different
in the size let’s say you have a very fine herringbone code every bold herringbone flat
cap or the other way around otherwise try to go with something else like a windowpane
with a herringbone or a solid if you enjoyed this video give us a thumbs up check out the
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