Daily Essential: Beanie Hat

There are a lot of everyday items we sport not knowing the actual history behind it I figured why not take some time out and enlighten everyone out there. The first order of business is the Beanie hat.

The beanie historically was a working hat associated with blue-collar laborers, welders, mechanics, and other tradesmen who needed to keep their hair back but for whom a brim would be an unnecessary obstruction. Beanies do sometimes have a very small brim, less than an inch deep, around the brow front. The baseball cap evolved from this kind of beanie, with the addition of a brim to block the sun.

Beanies were popular among schoolchildren in the early to mid-20th century. Some hat historians believe schoolchildren began wearing beanies in imitation of their working-class fathers. Now we see the beanie in daily street culture spanning from the UK all the way to the US.


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