-Top Styles For Your Long Weekend Adventures-

As the old adage goes, April Showers bring…May Bank Holidays! Okay, we know that’s not really it. But we here in the UK know that spring is unreliable at best and basing all your high hopes on weather is risky.  Mother Nature can be moody, but with the right head-wear, she can’t ruin your long weekends.  Village Hat’s has the best styles to help prepare you for your spring adventures, rain or shine:

Adventure: City Breaks

Style: Crushable Wool Felts

The perfect hats to pop in the rucksack for a short haul flight or train ride when you are lacking the space. These crushable styles are really handy when the spring weather isn’t all sunshine and flowers.  For the ladies, we recommend a Bailey Pork Pie. Made from a signature Litefelt material which is naturally water resistant and can be squashed into an average sized purse. Pull it out and shake it back into shape when you need it. These hats complete any tres chic outfit:

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For the gentleman, a Jaxon and James crushable fedora or trilby will do the trick. Dressy and convenient:

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Adventure: Coastal Walks/Nature Hikes

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Fancy a long walk along the Cornish coast or trekking the highlands? Pack a Bucket or Tilley hat to shield the all-important-head in inclement or sunny weather. These styles are great in wind, sun or rain and give an impression of  ‘experience’ and preparedness.  If you’re an avid hiker, a Tilley hat is the way to go. Water repellent, with UPF protection, ventilation and a warranty, these hats will get you through your entire life, let alone the long weekend.

Just looking for something small and affordable to pack in a bag? Try a classic bucket style.

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Adventure: Beach Getaway

Style: Panama

Splurging on a tropical holiday? Panama hats are the number one style for any sunshine destination. Hand woven in South America these are the best quality in straw hats you can find and they offer excellent sun protection. Sophisticated yet practical, just like you.

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Adventure: Staycation

Style: Flatcaps and Newsboys

Staying close to home for the long weekends? Fret not – your little noggin deserves something too.  The flatcap is a great low key style for the park, pups, city streets or country walk. We carry a huge selection to ensure you can have the perfect flat cap for any weather the weekend throws your way. But hey, no one is forcing you to go outside, or even leave the sofa. The flat cap can really classy up those pyjamas and looks great when binging on Peaky Blinders and Samuel L Jackson Movies. The perfect Netflix and chill accessory.

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-The Timeless Beret is Back on Trend-

Oui, c’est vrai! The beret is back. Countless fashion experts and Instagram bloggers alike are calling this quintessentially french accessory the ‘must have’ item in 2017. But us hatters wonder, did it ever really leave?

Though its origins can be traced back to the Bronze Age, the humble beret was widely adapted by French working class in the 1920’s. It wasn’t long before it made its way to the hat racks of fashion lovers internationally.

Faye Dunaway donned the classic wool topper as Bonnie Parker in the 1967 big screen sensation, Bonnie and Clyde. Her style was the epitome of chic and she managed to make indulging in a homicidal crime spree look somehow, sophisticated:

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Internationally renowned fashion icon, Twiggy, also helped covet the style in the 60’s adding a touch of color to the scene:

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In the 70’s, John Lennon and Yoko Ono brought an element of ‘cool’ to the accessory and perhaps a touch of irony, appropriating the traditional military wear while they championed a message of peace:

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And in the 90’s , Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz in the film Clueless, reignited the sensation:

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So the Beret is “back” in Spring 2017, but looking back through its history, we doubt it ever really left. Nevertheless, now somehow seems like a better time than ever to add this elegant and timeless piece to your hat rack.
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-Baseball Hats For The Not-So-Avid Baseball Watcher-

So you want to wear a MLB baseball cap, but know nothing about the sport? You like the look of those vintage logos, but ‘striking out’ is nothing more than a euphemism for your dating history? You’ve watched the Sand Lot five times and Hard Ball twice, but never picked up a bat or smelt a jumbo dog first hand in the nosebleed sections of a major league game? It’s cool; you can still rep a baseball cap like a pro!
Maybe it’s a city you love, a logo that draws you in, or saying “how about that sports team” to your American pub mate while ever-so-casually gesturing to your cap. Knowing a few talking points about the team you’re ‘supporting’ can make your new B-Ball Cap that much fresher. Here we have a handy guide to choosing a baseball cap for the not-so-avid baseball watcher:

Team: Chicago Cubs
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Stadium: Wrigley Field
Who should wear it: The Die Hard, the Superstitious, The Band Wagon Hopper
Hey batta batta batta, su-wing batta! You may recall Ferris Beuller and the loveable Frye shouting this phrase at a cub’s game to distract the rival Brave players. Cub’s fans are diehards and they have had to be. The team was subject to 109 year losing streak which many staunch supporters blame firmly on the “Billy Goat Curse”. The Curse of the Billy Goat was cast by a tavern owner and Ex-Cub’s Fan who was requested to leave a game in 1945. His goat’s odour was bothering the other fans. Seriously… that actually happened. After years of heartbreak, the curse was finally broken this past year with the Cub’s winning the 2016 World Series. Loyalists and Bandwagon hoppers alike are collectively showing love for this team and we can’t blame ‘em. Bill Murray is into it too:

 

Team: New York Yankees
Location: New York, New York
Stadium: Yankee Stadium
Who should wear it: The winner, Fans of the Queen B, The Trendiest
Arguably the most popular baseball cap in the world, the Yankees logo is world famous. And not without reason! The Yankees have won 27 World Series Championships, more than any other team in the league. Some of the best players ever to grace the field, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Derek Jeter and Micky Mantle, all rose to fame with the Yankees. The Yankees are the cream of the crop and you are hardly needed be a Baseball Fan to don this cap.
Jay Z once said he made the Yankee’s cap more famous than a Yankee’s did. But let’s face reality, If Bey’s wearing it, it’s gotta be cool:

 

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Stadium: The Sky Dome
Who should wear it: The Patriotic Canadian, The Person Stuck in the 90’s, The Lover of the Underdog,
In the early 90’s the Toronto Blue Jays took the World Series for two consecutive years, 92-93. There is not a single Canadian that will ever let you forget that (trust me, I’m one of them). In spite of a less than stellar record in the years to follow, Canadian’s are still unified in their love for the Jays. Sure, it might be the only team in the great white north since the Montreal Expo’s exited the picture in 2004, but that’s beside the point. Unsurprisingly, Canadian’s are a patriotic bunch of sports fans who get a thrill out of rooting for the underdog – The Jay’s embody both of these things.
Okay, so you think you want to try the ol’ Jays cap on for size? There are two simple words you must remember: Joe Carter. Canadian’s have never collectively lost their minds harder than when this man hit the three-run walk-off home run against the Philadelphia Phillies in the bottom of the 9th inning in ‘93. Sure this may sound like a bunch of gibberish to a non-baseball fan, but this face says it all:

 

Team: Detroit Tigers
Location: Detroit Michigan
Stadium: Comerica Park
Who should wear it: Fans of Magnum PI or Tom Selleck in General
Tom Selleck wore a Detroit Tigers Hat on and off the screen. And that’s all you need to know about that:

 

 

Autumn Got You Down?

It shouldn’t!  This is the perfect time to don your favourite autumnal hat, take walks, and joyfully kick autumn leaves!  And boy have we got some great new brands that would suit your Autumn needs.

When choosing your next hat, we think you should consider the brand, Lyle & Scott.

Lyle & Scott were founded in 1874.  But they weren’t the apparel shop they are today, no, initially Lyle & Scott predominately made underwear! Since then they have collaborated with Dior, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Liberty, Bergdorf Goodman and Michael Kors.  And their products have been worn by Golfers, Crooners and Rock Stars a like! Each product in this great brand features a small embroidered golden eagle that serves as the Brand’s logo.

 

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Lyle & Scott beanie, featuring their trademark Golden Eagle logo.

We currently have a great selection of these caps available to purchase at by clicking here —>Lyle & Scott

 

Want more?  Who doesn’t!  The next brand perfect for autumn wear is Joules.  Joules is another great UK Brand, started around 25 years ago by Tom Joule.  Tom Joule traveled around the UK selling his brightly coloured wares.  Now Joules is a multi-store brand, And appears in many department stores!

Not only does Joules have great hats for adults, but also a fantastic kid’s range.    Clothe the whole family!

 

 

Enjoy your Autumn even more with a Hat from Village Hats !

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Dad Caps at Village Hats

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First the Dad Bod, now the Dad Cap!  The popular relaxed look is back!  Dads are collectively sighing with relief, while simultaneously not noticing or caring about the trend.  The only thing Dads are noticing is when their staple hat is out of stock, in confusion they audibly grunt ‘huh?’.  Well listen up Pops!  You got competition and you better get your act into gear to make sure you have adequate sun protection year round.

Dads and trend-setting go-getters alike, Check out Village Hats awesome collection of Dad Caps by clicking —> here! <—-

If you want to make sure you have a popular brand that will make you stand out in the crowd, check out the following brands: 47 Brand , The Quiet Life, & The Hundreds!  And don’t forget to take a look at New Era’s 9FORTY design.  The 9FORTY is more of a relaxed fit, with that pre-curved brim Dad’s love.

Or maybe you want your hat completely plain?  Logo’s just ain’t your thing?  Take a look at our completely plain, Vintage Cotton Baseball Cap !

No matter which design you prefer, at Village Hats we have you covered!  Don’t miss out on this versatile fun design!

 

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NFL! Football Season is Here! Hats! Beer! Hot dogs! FOOTBALL!

Football season has started!  Excitement is in the air!  Along with the smell of our favourite things, beer, hot dogs, and freshly cut grass!  Woah!  Slow down buddy, enough with the excitement, how about some history? Well, ok!  The National Football League dates back to the 1920s.  Initially founded as the  American Professional Football Association, they didn’t adopt the NFL title until 1922.

in the 1960s the NFL had a rival league, the American Football League, the two leagues fought over players, and drove up their salaries in bidding wars.  In 1965 Joe Namath famously signed to the New York Jets for $427,000!  But in the 1966s, the leagues stopped their fussin’ and a fightin’, and decided to merge.  It was decided the NFL & AFL would continue as the NFL.  And while they kept the National Football League name, they carry on some classic AFL traditions, such as names on player’s jerseys, and the on-field game clock!  The NFL is America’s most watched sport, and has 32 teams to date.

So get to watching!  Maybe you are a purist and support the one of the founding teams, the Chicago Bears?  Or maybe your favourite team is the 3rd team to join the party, the Green Bay Packers?  The NFL is one of the most watched sports in America, and as the season is just beginning, you still have plenty of time to get your merch, and support your team!

Sun or snow Village Hats has all your NFL merchandise needs covered!

 

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Get ready for Halloween with Village Hats

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Halloween is just around the corner… get ready for toffee apples, trick or treating, carving pumpkins and dressing up in spooky costumes! Here at Village Hats we have the perfect selection of hats that will finish off any Halloween costume that you desire. From scary and spooky costumes to pretty and colourful! We have picked out some of our favourite hats that will complete your outfit or may give you an idea of what to dress up as this year if you are stuck! So take a look below!

Let’s start off with the traditional Top hat. This hat would be perfect if you would like to go as a sugar skull character or someone from the circus. One of the most popular Top hats in which we sell is Jaxon Hats Victorian Top Hat in the colour black. This beautiful hat is made from 100% wool felt; fully satin lined and has a 6 inch crown. Spooky or what?!

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Next we have The Bowler hat. This would be ideal if you wanted to go as a mime character this Halloween, which is not so scary! One of our most favourite bowlers is the Christy’s Hats Fur Felt Bowler in the colour black. This hat is made from 100% fur felt, has a 4 ½ inch crown and is satin lined. This hat is a must have!

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If you want to dress like Robin Hood this year then look no further! We have the perfect hat! The Jaxon Hats Tyrolean Hat in green. This hat is made from 100% wool, has a side pin feather and cotton poplin sweat band.  It will make you be the talk of Halloween, A hero from a fairy tale!

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Last but not least we have our gorgeous fascinators, this year why not combine this beautiful fascinator with a Skeleton, widow or a candy skull costume. One fascinator that we think would be perfect is the Scala Hats Pillbox with a Bow and Veil in the colour black. This stunning hat is made from 100% wool, has a satin Alice band and grosgrain ribbon sweat band. It’s so beautiful! It would make your costume look amazing!

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We hope this post has helped you decide what you would like to be this Halloween! Please visit our website to see our full range of hats!

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