Collection: Flat Caps

A rounded cap with a small stiff brim. Flat caps are also known as english caps, paddy caps or bonnets. This is one of our most loved collections. Up to 60% Discount!

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First of all, what are fat caps?

You may have noticed several Hollywood stars like Leonardo Dicaprio, Brad Pitt or the protagonist of the Peaky Blinders wearing those rounded caps with a stiff brim at the front. Yeah, those are what we call flat caps. Also known as a paddy cap in Ireland, a bunnet in Scotland, a Dai cap in Wales, and an English cap in the United States, these caps are available in various materials like wool, leather, corduroy, denim, linen tweed, and cotton.

The history of a flat cap can be traced back to the 14th century in Northern England when it was referred to as a bonnet. An act of the British Parliament made it compulsory for all males over 6 years of age to wear woolen caps on Sundays and holidays. This act was however repealed in 1597, but these caps had already made a mark by then.

Initially worn by the working class, they soon became popular among the upper class as well. Worn for hunting and sporting events, they were highly appreciated by the elite class.

What can you find at our store?

Ghelter is heaven for cap and hat lovers. From trendy leather duckbill flat caps to classic herringbone wool flat caps, Ghelter has much more to offer. Earflaps flat caps for winter or thin cotton & linen caps for summer. Buy one for yourself today!


What is a flat cap called?

A rounded cap with a flat crown and a short stiff brim. It goes by a number of names in various places. Also known as english cap, ivy cap, gatsby, driving cap, sixpence, dai cap and paddy cap,

When should you wear a flat cap?

You should wear a flat cap depending on the weather. If it’s winter, then go for a wool flat cap or an earflaps cap. For summers a cotton or linen flat cap will be your best companion. There are other popular materials like leather, corduroy or denim. A flat cap is a perfect mix of classy and modern looks.

What is the origin of the flat cap?

The origin of a flat cap can be traced back to 14th century Northern England. To grow and boost the woolen trade, the British Parliament made it compulsory for all males above 6 years of age to wear woolen caps, otherwise, pay a fine of three farthings. The nobility was an exception. This created widespread popularity of flat caps among the working class.

Who can pull off a flat cap?

Women, men or childs, anyone can pull off a flat cap. If you are into the classic style, then flat caps will suit your wardrobe. You have to find the one that compliments your style. You have to consider it well before purchasing one.

How to wash a flat cap?

Washing a flat cap by hand is strongly encouraged. In a small bowl, combine a mild detergent. You should use a wool detergent if your flat cap is made of wool. Use a soft toothbrush to scrub the region after applying the soap solution. Do not scrape vigorously. Use a soft cloth to clean it. Don't dry them in the dryer. They should air dry.