Ivy Caps

Written by James Lyons
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Ivy caps could represent the most popular style of hat in the world. A close relative to newsboy caps, these hats have surged back into the mainstream. Once a clothing staple in the 1960s, this malleable piece of headwear is becoming a wardrobe necessity.

This hat has a number of advantages you should keep in mind when purchasing a piece of headwear. The most important advantage, especially for the men, is the ability to wear this hat in all seasons. A number of men don't like to spend time meticulously grooming their hair, so they decide to throw on a hat. This is the perfect hat for the man on the move.

Ivy Caps for the Non-Ivy Leaguer

Fortunately, you don't have to be an Ivy League graduate to wear ivy caps. Like the Irish tweed hats, this headwear is often made of wool. From the streets of Dublin to the Harvard campus, you will see ivy caps resting on the heads of savvy consumers across the world.

In 1967, the United States Congress passed the Age Discrimination Act making it illegal for employers to discriminate based on age. The ivy cap took a note from this historic piece of legislation and decided it would not confine itself to the old or the young. Whether you are an ambitious young college student or a retiring school teacher, this headwear will work for you all year round.


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I made my First Hat in 1964 during my trnaiing as a Home Economics Teacher and in 1966 commenced teaching Millinery in Adult Education and TAFE Colleges in Queensland, Australia. Now heading towards retirement I want to share my skills to create a new generation of Milliners. I currently also teach millinery with the Queensland Govt. During my career, I had the privilege to make hats for Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce Governor of Queensland and now Governor General of Australia.