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Hat Knowledge: The Hat Design – Aung Crown

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The Hat Design

The hat design means the styling, color, and material of a hat and can be divided into crown design, brim design, ornament design, etc. In general, the design of a hat needs to consider the whole parts from practical functions, ornaments, colors, fabrics, styles, etc. At the same time, also need to consider popular styles, fashion, social customs, etc.

The Crown and Brim Design

The crown design part can change the styles of the crown, such as lengthening or shortening the crown of a hat, adding a special design to the crown.

The brim is the most changeable and creative part of the whole hat. The hat can show the styling effect by changing the shape of the brim. Widen, narrow, roll, cut, fold, warp, tilt, or cancel to change the shape of the brim to reach the unique, novel, slick, and generous visual effect.

Crown and Brim of Different Hats

The below examples are showing the changes in the crown and brim of different types of hats

Pillbox

Pillbox is a hat that wears on the head, and the whole crown is pretty tiny. The main shape of the traditional pillbox is rounded or oval that’s why it’s called a pillbox. With the development of garments, particularly after the 1940s, clothing has been constantly evolving. The styling of the pillbox doesn’t limit to several fixed shapes. There are more styles coming up. Now, the relatively small hats on the heads are regarded as pillbox hats. Some of them are shrunk to add other ornaments. Some of them are made into flower shapes with mesh yarn and or made into various geometric shapes with mesh yarn. In a word, unusual pillboxes are everywhere.

Pillbox hat
Pillbox hat

Hair Band

A hair band is just decorative headwear on the head, however, it has a wide range of styles. Hair bands can ignore age and occasions, therefore, the styles and designs of hair bands are various. The traditional hair band is a flower knot or s set of 3D flowers. Nowadays, the design concepts are updated and various new materials are coming up, which provides a wide range of materials for hair bands. Therefore, there are more materials to make unusual and unique hair bands.

hair band
hair band

Toque

Toque is a hat without brims. It is styled for the body of the hat. There are 2 basic types of shapes. N, the one is the same size as the crown, even the top and the bottom. The crowns line is slightly arched and the top part of the hat is larger than the bottom. Generally, the crown’s dimensions are static and the hat’s design remains relatively consistent. If the outer look is changed a lot, then this hat does not belong to Toque. Therefore, the design of the Toque is showing on materials and matching.

toque hat
toque hat

Bonnet

There are two types of shape of bonnet caps, namely with brims or without brims. What’s more, the feature bonnets can cover the top and back of the head. It usually looks like the shape of heads and it’s slightly larger than heads. The bonnet typically finds its purpose within indoor settings but can also fulfill the role of a sleep cap. Traditional bonnets are identical to the practice of bonnets, and designing a large-sized crown is not appropriate.

bonnet caps
bonnet caps

Turban

A cloth headdress known as a turban is wound around the head. Therefore, the outlook of the hat is decided by the wrapping ways. It’s impossible to design the style of the hat in an accurate way. In general, adapting the three-dimensional tailoring way to wrap the fabrics on the model to make turbans. In addition, the wrapping ways can be regular or random.

turban hats
turban hats

Bowler

Compared with traditional bowlers, the crown of bowlers is similar to heads. On the basis of the traditional style of bowlers, the crown of bowlers can widen or lose a little bit, which looks like an oval shape. Or utilize the comparing effect of texture between the crown and the brim to design bowlers. In general, the outlook of bowlers can not be changed too much.

bowler
bowler

Canotie

The styling and features of canotie are the same as the crown. Hence, it’s general to design on the height of the crown or materials. The brim of canotie is usually a horizontal line and it’s not suitable to be wide.

canotie hats
canotie hats

Hood

There are 2 types of shapes. One is connected with outfits, and the other one is single and disconnected from outfits. The feature of hood caps is connected with heads. Therefore, the outlooks of hood caps are changed on the basis of stitching on the heads and cannot be apart from the heads. In addition, another way to change the outlook is to change the arcs on the edge.

hood hats
hood hats

Cloche

The feature of Cloche is that the top of the hat is larger than the crown and it’s with a down-sloping brim. The tops come in two varieties: flat top and round top. The hats top portion can be segmented into different parts. The change of the brim mainly shows on the width and narrows. Cloche is fixed in shape and does not change so much. Therefore, the design can be added to the choices and processes of materials and the cutting lines of the crown.

Cloche hats
Cloche hats

Beret

Beret is a hat without brims. Hence, it’s all about the shape of the hat, which can be lengthened and widened, and can be designed to be as wide as the top and bottom. The crown of berets can be qualitatively treated to make a helmet beret. Although beret is a hat without brims, it’s with the edge of caps. The width of the edge can be as wide or narrow as the design requires, with some appearing to be as tall as the crown of the hat.

beret
beret

Casquette (duck-tongue caps)

There are many looks for casquette which can be divided into flat-top duck-tongue caps, rounded-top duck-tongue caps, beret-top duck-tongue caps, etc. The cutting lines of the crown are changeable and rich. Among them, the flat-top duck tongue cap has a stable shape, which is suitable for matching with men’s clothing or women’s clothing with male style. In general, the round-top duck tongue cap is more flattering. Otherwise, the beret duck tongue cap has an exaggerated shape, which is suitable for young people to use.

Casquette (duck-tongue caps)
Casquette (duck-tongue caps)

Capeline

The shapes of capeline are rich. Because, except for the crown, there is a wide brim on the hat. This part can design with creative imagination and designs. There is another design thought from the width, undulations, shapes, and fabrics of the brim. Putting ornaments on the brim is also a great design way. Practical brims are not suitable to be wide, and there can not be too many changes in outlooks and undulations. Non-functional brims can be designed in an exaggerated way, particularly, the ornaments on the brim can be myriad.

capeline hats
capeline hats

Bamboo Hat

The feature of bamboo hats is that there is no difference between the crown and the brim. On the whole, the outlook of bamboo hats mainly shows on the crown of the hat. It’s fixed and stable in the shape of bamboo hats. Hence, the pointed top can not be changed. In general, there are mild changes on the crown of the hat.

bamboo hat - aung crown
bamboo hat – aung crown

Turned-Up Hat

There are 3 types of turned-up hats: Breton, Tyrolean, and Sailor.  There are 2 types of tops: flat-top and rounded-top. The cutting lines of turned-up hats are changeable and there are almost no changes on the brim.

Breton: turned up at the front brim.

Tyrolean: turned up at the back brim.

Sailor: turned up with all-around brim.

turned-up hat - aungcrown
turned-up hat – aungcrown

Cowboy Hat & Soft Hat

It’s impossible to change too many in the shape of cowboy hats and soft hats. Both of them are fixed in shapes, and there can have changes in fabrics, colors, and ornaments. It’s casual for the ornaments on the cowboy hats and soft hats. Most ornaments are neutral and masculine.

cowboy hat & soft hat - aung crown
cowboy hat & soft hat – aung crown

Conclusion

All we discussed above are the detail about the brim and crown of different hats. All these can help those who want to create or design a better hat when designing or creating. No matter what you need for hats, this article will help you to some degree. What’s more, you can trust all above because Aung Crown is a professional hat maker founded in 1998. With almost 25 years of experience in hat making and professional expertise, Aung Crown is trustable and reliable.