DIEFENTHAL1905 Shapes is for everybody
who is not shure about the name of a certain hat shape
they think about. Or for the people who are just interested
in the different classic hat shapes.

The hat has a cylindric shape with a small brim. Regularly it's made of silk. Whereas today they are produced in wool and felt, too.

One of the most famous wearer was U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

The Castor hat (from latin "Beaver") is a hat masde of beaver felt. It was worn by men and women during the 18th and 19th century but was already replaced from the end of the 18th century on by a new hat shape called "top hat". It is considarably taller than a top hat an it is part of different traditional costumes up to today.

Also known as Derby, Coke Hat or Melon.
The bowler is a hat mad from wool or fur felt with a round hat and a small turned up brim.
In the milddle of the 18th century the brothers William und Thomas Bowler produced this hats, named after their family, for the first time.

Most famous wearer are Charlie Chaplin, Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel and Butch Cassidy for example.

Also known as slouch hat.
The Fedora is a soft felt hat with a crease running lengthways along the crown. The brim is somewhat longer then the brim of a trilby. It is turned up at the backside and turnd down at the front of the hat. Mostly the feodora has a corded ribbon and an edging along the edge of the brim. The name derives from a play from 1882. The main caracter of the play "Fedora" is called "Fédora Romanoff". This caracter wore a hat of this shape.
The fedora had its golden age during the 1920s to the 1940s. Many mebers of the Mafia and a lot of Hollywood actors used it as a part of their apparel.

The most famous wearer is probably the caracter of "Indiana Jones" played by Harrison Ford.

The trilby is a soft felt hat with a small fexible brim and a low dented crown. Back in the days they where made of fur felt but today they are mostly made of wool felt. The name derives from Georg du Maurier's novel Trilby from 1895 which was turned into a play later. The heroine Trilby O`Ferral wore a hat in this shape on stage. The trilby is really close to the fedora  ut its brim is narrower and the turn up in the back is much steeper.

The player is a varity of the trilby but its brim is turend up all the way around so it that it looks a bit more like a pork pie. It differs from the pork pie because of its different shape of the crown

One famous wearer is the caracter of "Rocky Balboa" played by Sylvester Stallone.

The Homburg hat is a hat with a crease running lengthways along the crown and a small turned up brim. It is decorated with a ribbon and a edgeing arpund the brim. Sometimes a feather is attached to the ribbon.
The name derives from the german town of Bad Homburg. The Homburg hat supplanted the top hat and the bowler a main headgear at the beginning of the 20th century. It was really popular among politicians between the 1930s and the 1950s.

Famous wearer are the german es-chancellor Konrad Adenauer and the british prime ministers Winston Churchill und Anthony Eden.

Also known as Skimmer, Canotier, Katie or Basher. A Boater is a stiff straw hat with a flat round crown and a stiff flat brim without any turn up/down. This hat is known to be the head gear of many Barbershop quartets.

It was worn by Dick van Dyke in the Disney classic "Marry Poppins".

The pork pie hat features a flat crown which is dented. It has a narrow brim which is turnd up all the way around. Back in the days it was mostly made of straw or wool felt. Today there is a much bigger variaty of colours and fabrics. Classically it comes in a dark colour (mostly black, grey or brown) with a broad ribbon.
It is favoured by jazz musicians and its name derives from the british food "pork pie".

A pork pie was worn by Gene Hackman in "French Connection".

Also known as australian bush hat or Garbo hat.
A slouch hat is a wide-brimmed felt hat with a chinstrap. It has been worn by military personnel from many different nations including Australia, Britain, India, New Zealand, Southern Rhodesia, France, the United States, the Confederate States, Germany and many others.

Also knowen as western hat.
 The cowboy hat is a high-crowned, wide-brimmed hat best known as the defining piece of attire for the North American cowboy. Influenced by 19th century Mexican culture, today it is worn by many people, and is particularly associated with ranch workers in the western and southern United States, western Canada and northern Mexico, with country-western singers and ranchero singers in Mexico, and for participants in the North American rodeo circuit.

The pill box has a long tradition in military and traditional fashion. But in the 1930s it became a women's fashion item. It became much common in the 1960s. Pill boxes are made from wool, silk or fur felt. The design is mostly plain and it lack any kind of trimming.

It was worn by the former first lady of the United States Jaqueline Kennedy.

The cloche hat or simply cloche is a fitted, bell-shaped hat for women that was invented in 1908 by milliner Caroline Reboux. They were especially popular in the 1920s. Its name is derived from "cloche", the French word for bell. Cloche hats were usually made of felt so that they conformed to the head, and were typically designed to be worn low on the forehead, with the wearer's eyes only slightly below the brim.

A casquette, from the french word for cap, is a peaked cotton cap traditionally worn by racing cyclists. The casquette shields the head from strong sun and the peak can also make riding in the rain more comfortable, since drops do not fall directly into the eyes. They are sometimes worn with the peak backwards, not for reasons of fashion but because the peak then protects the neck from sunburn.

Also known as Apple Cap, Eight Panel, Poor Boy Cap. The newsboy cap is a cap with a sturdy visor. It is put together from eight parts, therefore the name "eight panel cap", and usually there is a button covered in the cap's fabric sewn to the top. It is named after the newsboys of the early 20th century.

Also known as Ivy Cap, Golf Cap or Driver Cap.

A flat cap is a rounded cap with a small stiff brim in front. Cloths used to make the cap include wool, tweed and cotton. Less common materials may include leather, linen or corduroy. The inside of the cap is commonly lined for comfort and warmth.

This cap was mostly worn by Fishers and Seamen from the german city of Hamburg. The body of the cap is made of cloth whereas the visor is usualy made of leather or imitaition leather.


A baseball cap is a type of soft cap with a rounded crown and a stiff peak projecting in front. The front of the cap typically contains a design or a logo of sports team. The back of the cap may be "fitted" to the wearer's head size or it may be elastic, have a plastic prong-in-a-hole, Velcro, zipper, or a tri-glide slide so that it can be quickly adjusted to fit different wearers. Since the 1980s varieties of the cap have become a common fashion accessory.

The design of a trucker cap is similar to that of a baseball cap, with a slightly curved visor. A cap made of six almost triangular parts and a button on top. Instead of being made of cotton fabric, like a typical baseball cap, the front section of a mesh cap is made of foam. The rest is plastic mesh for breathability. The foam front of the hat stands up straight and stiff, which makes the trucker hat taller than most baseball caps. There is an adjustable plastic snap in the back to ensure that one size fits most. This design was intended to make the cap much cooler in the sun or hot weather for the comfort of the wearer.