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The Different Types of Hats

Hats have many different forms. Each type of hat can express different aspects of our personality and mood. They can be reserved or flamboyant, serious or playful, casual or dressy. They can be worn for function or fashion. Historically, hats have served as a symbol of social status. When considering headwear, knowing the different types of hats is a great place to start in your hat search. Each type has a unique history and exudes its own style. Here are some of the most common types of hats, along with some fun facts about them.



Newsboy Caps

newsboy caps for cancer patients

Pleated Newsboy Hat

Originally worn in the late 19thcentury and early 20thcentury, this cap has re-emerged as a trendy style. It is a fashionable casual cap that comes in a wide variety of colors, fabrics and styles. It can be a traditional flat cap with a brim or more upright like the old stormy or kromer cap. You will find the newsboy in every type of fabric. Asoft cotton cap or a newsboy with a liner is a great option as a cancer hat. Although they can be worn by anyone, our newsboy caps are designed to extend down to the hairline, offering full head coverage on a bald head.

Many have a hidden elastic band in the back to provide a secure, customized fit. Newsboy caps can be dressy or more casual, depending on the fabric and embellishments.


Roller Hats

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Cotton Roller Hat

This type of hats gets its name from the round bands circling the cap. It can be worn either casual or more dressy. The bands give it dimension resulting in the appearance of fullness or hair under the cap, making it flattering to wear. Cancer patients find this type of hat especially appealing because it provides volume around the face.

Cloche Hats and Flapper Hats

cloche hats cancer patients

The cloche is a retro style that keeps re-emerging. It has never lost it’s appeal. Invented in 1908 by Caroline Reboux, the hat continues to be used in movies and fashion shoots. It is usually worn low on the forehead giving full head coverage and making it an ideal cancer hat.

Fedora Hats

fedora hats for hair loss and cancer patients

This type of hat was first used in an 1889 play by the name of "Fedora." It was later adopted by the Women's Rights Movement as a symbol. After Prince Edward of Britain started wearing this type of hat in the 1920's, it became popular for men too. The fedora is sometimes a little more rigid in fit than other choices. Our Fedora Hats are designed to offer full head coverage and to be more pliable than other hats that are not designed for cancer or chemotherapy patients.

Dressy & Church Hats

dressy fancy hats for cancer patients

Lacey Cloche Hat

When considering the different types of hats, nothing can provide more flair than a beautiful dressy hat. This iswhy you see Princess Kate wearing so many hats. Dressy hats are great for fine dining, church or nights out on the town.

Head Scarves, Kerchiefs & Bandanas

pre-tied scarves for cancer patients



So Simple Pre-Tied Head Scarf

These are versatile head coverings that can be worn in many ways. Although these are not "hats" or "caps", they can be worn in the same way so are worth a mention here as they make excellent head coverings for cancer patients. Some cancer patients do not want to tie a scarf, so we offer both untied and pre-tied head scarves. So if you love the look of a sophisticated head scarf but don't want to tie one, our pre-tied scarves may be a good option for you.

Sleep Caps

sleep caps for cancer patients

100% Cotton Three Seam Sleep Cap

Every cancer patient who is experiencing hair loss needs something to keep his or her head warm at night. Sleep caps are also essential for hospital stays, post surgery wear, during chemotherapy treatments, for lounging around the house and of course for sleeping. The great thing about these cancer hats is their versatility. Not only they be worn for sleeping or lounging but they can also worn while working in the garden or a quick trip to the store. Our sleep caps are designed for softness, fit and comfort. Many cancer patients experience scalp sensitivity in conjunction with their hair loss. For this reason, softness is key. The right sleep hat will have a smooth soft finish on the inside of the cap. Avoid caps with a lot of seams or abrasive texture. Sleep caps come in many fabrics such as cotton knit, polyester blends, terry cloth, fleece and other soft textiles. They may be simple or adorned with lace or bows. The great thing about our sleep hats is their versatility. Many of them can be dressed up with a scarf or even a broach and worn for a night out on the town. Some of our customers even wear them underneath head scarves or other cancer hats to provide fullness or a more comfort fit.

Cadet & Military Caps

cadet or military style cap

A Cadet hat resembles a baseball cap as well as a newsboy cap. The top of a cadet cap (also known as a military hat) has a flat rounded single panel of fabric, distinguishing it from both the baseball cap and the newsboy hat.

Visor Hats

visor hat with scarf underneath

A visor hat is similar to a sun hat but it has an open top. For women with hair, the open top allows for breathability in hot weather. Women with hair loss can wear a scarf and then add a visor over the top when outdoors to provide sun protection. 

Bucket Hats

bucket hats for cancer patientsStone Bucket Hat

The bucket hat is a versatile and fun option. It can be casual but with the right fabric choice it can be more dressy. It is Irish in origin but became popular with the English upper class for walking and wildflowering. The brim on this hat can be worn down or turned up. It can be turned on one side or the front for different looks. These are versatile hats for cancer patients that can achieve many looks with accessories.


Baseball Caps

baseball caps for cancer patientsSoftie Baseball Cap

Baseball caps are an American tradition. The ancestor of the baseball cap was first worn in 1860 by the Brooklyn Excelsiors. It became known as the "Brooklyn Style Cap." In the 1940's, a longer, stiff brim was added to protect the baseball player's eyes from the sun, giving birth to the modern baseball cap. Today, baseball caps are a wardrobe staple. Casual and fun, these caps can be worn with scarves tied underneath, hair bands or even a wig. We have soft baseball caps made of a stretchy fabric. For someone with hair loss due to cancer or chemo treatments, they are the ultimate in softness. They give the look of a traditional baseball cap but they cover the hairline completely. We even have a ballcap with hair built right into the cap.



beret hats for cancer patientsClassic Cotton Knitted Beret

The beret is a timeless and fun cap for both casual and dressy wear. By timeless we mean dating back to the 4thmillennium B.C. You will find this hat in countless fabrics. This style is typically constructed with a softer material making these hats ideal for a sensitive scalp.


Brimmed or Sun Hats

sun protection hats for cancer patients

Sun hats have been worn since ancient times as sun protection. Brimmed hats are important anytime you go outside. Indoors, the brim can be worn in playful ways, providing a fashionable flair. Sun protection is crucial for anyone but for those going through chemotherapy treatments, it is imperitive to protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays. Chemo can make your skin very sensitive to sun damage so wearing a brimmed hat is absolutely essential anytime you go outdoors.

Head Wraps

headwraps for cancer patientsCotton Batik Headwrap

Traditionally defined as "a long strip of fabric worn around the head," the meaning has evolved over time. Now when we think of headwraps, many visions come to mind. Most often, we think of what is often called a "Du-rag" (or "Do-rag"), or a biker style headcovering. This is a comfortable and versatile style cancer hat that can be worn alone or underneath brimmed hats for full head coverage.



beanie hats for cancer patients

All Cotton Snuggle Beanie

This form fitting hat without a brim is one of the most trendy styles today. These are great "Go-to" caps for cancer patients due to their comfort. Many have moisture wicking fabrics. They are great for almost any casual occasion - from working in the yard,exercise or every day wear. When you don't know which type of hat to buy, you can never go wrong with a basic beanie cap.


Rain Hats

rain hats for cancer patientsQuilted Bucket Rain Hat

Wonderful for protection during incliment weather, rain hats can also be worn over your wig to protect it.



turbans for cancer patientsDouble Braid Turban

Originating from ancient Egypt, the word "turban" comes from the French word "turbant." The turban is typically a cap constructed to look like fabric wrapped around ones head. It has become a “Go To” hat for many women with hair loss. Depending on the material and design it can be used as an everyday cap, dressy cap, bathing cap, beach cap, etc. There are even turbans that look amazing with a beautiful evening gown.

Slouchy Beanie Hats

slouchy beanie cap in blue

The latest fashion trend, the slouchy beanie is a modern variation of the classic beanie. It has a relaxed fit with extra room that "slouches" in the back of the hat. It typically has rolls or pleats along the top of the hat, providing a layered appearance. This new type of hat is all the rage.



Driver Caps and Ascots

These types of hats feature a flat cap with a small rigid brim in the front. Originating in 14th century England and Italy, flat caps became popular at the turn of the 20th century. These hats are frequently spotted on celebrities, such as David Beckham, Harry Styles and the Prince of Wales.

Hat Materials

When shopping for a hat, it helps to be familiar with the types of materials used in making hats. Here are a few of the common fabrics we use in our hats.

Cotton Hats - Cotton is a highly desirable natural fiber that is durable, soft, breathable and suitable for all climates.

Bamboo Hats - Bamboo viscose is an eco-friendly option that has natural antibacterial properties. This luxurious, silky-soft fabric is also pill resistent, absorbent and durable.

Fleece Hats - For cold weather, there aren't many fabrics that can beat the comfort of fleece. Like your favorite sweatshirt, your fleece hats provide comfort and warmth.

Terry Cloth Hats - This absorbent fabric feels like a traditional towel. It's a great option for the pool, spa or beach.

Wool Hats - Ideal for winter headwear, wool is a natural fiber that is warm, provides insulation and is water resistent. For those who are sensitive to wool, a hat liner can be worn underneath for an additional layer of protection.

Berber, Tweeds & Corduroy - These warm fibers provide texture and interest to winter hats.

Lycra Hats - Lycra is a stretchy, durable fabric. It allows your hat to stretch, conforming to your head and retaining its shape.

Polyester Hats -Great for wicking moisture away; often used in exercise clothing.Includes CoolMax®polyester.


hat and scarf fabric


Silk - This luxurious fiber drapes beautifully and is often used inhead wraps and scarves.

Straw & Raffia Hats - Used for summer headwear, hats made of straw or raffia are lightweight and breathable. Cotton or bamboo liners can be worn underneath for those with especially sensitive scalps.

Crushable Hats: Many of our more "rigid" looking hats are "crushable". If they are bent or "crushed", they will return back to their original shape. Great for travel.


Hat Accessories

There are an unlimited number of ways to embellish your headwear - from silky scarves to flower pins, headbands and broaches. Not to be forgotten as you consider the type of hat you buy are the available accessory options. Some hats lend themselves to accessorizing better than others. As you consider the different types of hats, also consider which accessories appeal to you. To get the most versatility out of your hat, keep your favorite hat accessories in mind as you are making your selection. Accessories allow you to take your basic hat and create an infinite number of looks. To learn more about accessorizing your headwear, visit our Hat Accessory Style Guide.



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Mrs. Review by The Different Types of Hats
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What style of hat do you recommend for your individual face shape? Round,oval square, (Posted on 11/06/2017)

Thank you for having these products! Review by The Different Types of Hats
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God Bless your site!!!! I have lost my hair to breast cancer, and your hats are very comfortable and make me feel like I can go out in public in style. I will be buying many more. (Posted on 02/18/2016)


Thank you so much. We are so happy to know that our hats have given you confidence and comfort. :) (08/22/2016)
Ms. Review by The Different Types of Hats
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I have purchased several of your fleece sleepcaps, for friends and family, after their hair was lost due to Chemo. They tell me not to order anything, that they are fne with a bandana. As a medical professional, I know better and their tune quickly changes once they receive this soft, warm and comfortable hat. Keep up the good work! (Posted on 10/28/2015)

Looking for specific hats Review by The Different Types of Hats
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I'm looking for hats without brims and don't cover the ears. Also cool for summer. Do u carry any? (Posted on 05/16/2015)


We would recommend any of our 100% cotton hats or our bamboo line. There are many without brims and they are very cool and comfortable. (08/22/2016)
Sleep caps, berets and Bucket hats Review by The Different Types of Hats
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My sister is going through Chemo and has lost her hair, she is looking for the above style hats to get her thru her treatments. (Posted on 01/25/2015)


Please contact us if we can be of any assistance and thank you for visiting our site! (03/31/2015)
Excellent Resource!! Review by The Different Types of Hats
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Thank you so much for this helpful article. I'm losing my hair due to chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer and I didn't know where to begin with head gear. I'm actually excited to try out your hats and turbans! (Posted on 01/06/2015)

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I really enjoyed reading this. It's helped me to feel less anxious about losing my hair. I didn't realize that there were so many choices and types of head coverings. This information brought me a lot of hope. (Posted on 01/05/2015)

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I'm going through chemotherapy and have just lost my hair. This article was very helpful to me in letting me know my options. Thank you! (Posted on 12/31/2014)