Hat anatomy and vocabulary guide part 2

Panama hat guide

Hat anatomy and vocabulary guide part 2

Parts of the hat, number 4: brim

The brim is the horizontal ledge protruding from the bottom of the hat and extending outward providing shade and protection from the elements for the wearer. The width and style of the brim in conjunction with the shape of the crown are the two things that most directly contribute to a hat’s overall type or classification. The shape and curvature of the brim from front to back and from side to side are sometimes collectively referred to as the flange of a hat. Another style tip here, while it is a good idea to carry your hat and take it on and off by use of the brim, do not store your hat sitting on its brim when you are not wearing it. If you do this, the brim can lose its shape over time so the best course of action when you set your hat down is to place it upside down so that it is resting on the top of the crown. Alternatively, you can keep your hats on a hat rack, this way, you do not have to worry about brim or the crown losing their shapes over time.

Parts of the hat, number 5: liner tapping

The optional piece of fabric on the inside of a hat usually made from cotton or silk, though sometimes made from velvet that will feature the hat maker’s trademark most of the time. For estate hats which is to say, vintage pre-owned hats, or for hats that are yours that have seen a considerable amount of wear, you may occasionally want to clean the inner lining. This can be done with a little bit of soap and water. Alternatively, you can just remove the inner lining as I have done with many of my own personal hats.

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