Baker Boy Hats and Fiddler's Caps - Eek or Chic?

11 November 2013 by

So Baker Boy Hats – or Fiddler’s Caps as they’re also often known – are the ever present hat. It has seen us through many an era, retro look and cute, quirky celeb. Think of the 60s: fluffy striped Breton tops, a doe and cat-winged eye or teamed with a mod-like mini and over-the-knee boots. Then let’s roll our thoughts to the 90s: Cindy Crawford and the Supers in New York City wearing leather bikers, thick gold chains and Chanel pearls. NOT to mention the millions of references in between.

 From Left: Doutzen Kroes on Vogue Italia - Winona Ryder on V Magazine - Victoria Beckham on I.D.

However - now is there time! Or so it seems... they glided their way along the AW13 catwalks and into high street stores. Perhaps we have moved on from the luxe baseball cap or the cocked trilby - and the baker boy has become the new fashion hat?

From Left: John Galliano, Ralph Lauren, H&M [Jason Lloyd-Evans]    

These hats don’t really sit comfortably with your everyday outfits – they are imbibed with the past, a flashing neon sign pointing back, to days gone by. Is it possible that they’re better suited to the magazine cover or editorial shoot than in our closets – do they really work worn atop the heads of real people, or on bad hair days? Aren’t they too literal? Too costumey?

For a case in point - let's take a look at one out and about. In a suitably sartorial scenario: Diane Kruger at Chanel's Couture show in Paris in July. This headshot shows a seriously cute Diane: flawless makeup, a fabulous ear-cuff and her hat tipped coquetteishly to one side. Possibly Baker Boy perfection...


BUT whip pan out to see the look in full. Doesn't its solid blackness throw out that cute little denim dress? At Grazia HQ we're always celebrating the joys of where feminine meets masculine but does the cap really enhance her look?

Perhaps her playfulness is what fashion joie de vivre is all about...

What do you think?

Click through our gallery above of the most shoppable items and decide for yourself!


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