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The most common dress codes are missing something

The world of fashion is in constant development. From minor adjustments in cuts and colors to major swings in styles and trends, the one constant is change. But even as the never ending turmoil goes on, there are certain principles which manage to stick around and provide people with guidelines suitable for different kinds of events. These guidelines are known as dress codes, and while their names may be somewhat cryptic, their rules for what types of clothing and accessories are acceptable within respective code are fairly straight-forward.

From the more lush ‘white tie’, to the somewhat relaxed ‘smart casual’, the codes dictate both the general outfit and minor details suitable for every occasion. This overview at VOGUE offers a quick look at the most common dress codes with examples for both men and women. You might notice in the photographs VOGUE present for the overview that the number of hats, caps or any other form of headgear included adds up to exactly zero. If we look further, at Nic Harry we are told that hats in some cases can be an acceptable part of the ‘smart casual’ outfit, but never caps. In the world of business most companies have their own dress codes, and hats are rarely allowed in these either, not to mention caps.

So why this barring of caps in dress codes?

To understand the development of dress codes, one has to observe them over a long period of time as they do not change as quickly as other trends in clothing. Looking at the history of hats in fashion we can see periods like the 19th century where the hat was an inevitable accessory for men in virtually all parts of society; from the top hats of businessmen to the berets of workers. However, the development of fashion in the 20th century has brought us to the current hatless styles mentioned earlier, in part due to cars and other means of transportation becoming ubiquitous and sharply reducing our time out in the wind, rain and cold when heading to events. The first ever cap was used by the Brooklyn Excelsiors in 1860 and wasn’t popularized until right at the start of the 20th century. In other words the cap, while heavily used in sports and leisure in the past century, was born just as mainstream dress codes started to move away from covering heads altogether. The fact that caps have never been made part of recognized dress codes simply stems from bad timing.

But fashion styles and trends swing like a pendulum. As headgear is slowly making its reentry into mainstream style in the early 21st century, with fedoras increasing in popularity, caps are in line to follow the pendulum’s swing and become the newest accessory to revolutionize fashion. With the cap mainly confined to sports and very casual styles so far, apparel producers have not yet begun to tap into the potential of the cap as part of a sharp-looking outfit. Continuing the tradition of Scandinavian innovation, STIKSEN is looking to pioneer the inauguration of the cap into the upper echelons of fashion with its range of luxurious caps in minimalistic Scandinavian design, ready to shake things up and challenge status quo.

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