Tracing the Wildly Bizarre Evolution of the Trapper Hat


THE TRAPPER HAT originated within the 1600s, as a large pelt beanie of types, and it was first worn by, sure, trappers. Within the late 2000s, although, the glitterati inexplicably co-opted the purposeful winter cap. The headwear hit an all-time low in that regard earlier this 12 months, when Prada launched a $570 model (see under).

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However worry not, as a result of for each trapper-hat-clad hipster, there’s nonetheless some grizzled ice-fisherman or state trooper rocking one, too. Not that it’s a must to be both to put on one like a champ.

Iconic Moments


The portray Der November, by German artist Joachim von Sandrart, is assumed to incorporate the primary depiction of the trapper hat in artwork.


The chief of Siberia outfits troopers with the headgear to remain heat throughout the Russian Civil Conflict.


Charles Lindbergh turns into the primary solo pilot to cross the Atlantic—whereas sporting an aviator hat, which is principally only a fancy trapper hat.

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Elmer Fudd wears one whereas looking—not trapping—wabbits.


Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) crashes with the Griswolds in Christmas Trip and eternally associates his hat with the road “Shitter was full.”

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Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) investigates a roadside homicide in Fargo.


Glamour declares: “The Trapper Hat Is Again.” Jennifer Garner is noticed sporting one in NYC.


The actor Jared Leto is seen sporting one and…a tank high?

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Head Examination

A fast have a look at the evolution (or devolution?) of the trapper hat, from its all-fur origins to its new high-end iteration.

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The O.G. Russian hats are typically crown-shaped and made virtually completely of fur.

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American variants typically have a polyester exterior, further ear flaps, and a faux-fur lining.

Prada cap, or Courtesy Picture


This high-fashion cap is made from artificial polymer and has zero fur—actual or fake.

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