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headdress developed from the simple close-fitting cap and hood of antiquity. The first hat, which was distinguished as such by having a brim, was the felt petasus of the Greeks, which tied under the chin and was worn by travelers. The decorative peaked cap was most popular in the Middle Ages. Later the medieval hood evolved into the 14th cent. turbanlike chaperon with hanging ends, called liripipes; the liripipes originated with the tassels on strings that had been added to the hoods of cloaks. The simple close-fitting coifs, gorgets, wimples, and veils of early medieval women gave way (in the 14th cent.) to netlike headdresses of jeweled gold wire known as cauls and crespins and later to conical hennins and large decorative butterfly and horn-shaped headdresses with starched veils. In the 16th cent. the beret, of colorful velvet or silk and richly jeweled, feathered, and slashed, was made fashionable by Henry VIII. Women's head coverings progressed from the nunlike gable headdress to the French hood set back on the head to the small heart-shaped Mary Stuart cap. The 17th cent. saw the high-crowned beaver of the Puritan and the wide plumed hat of the cavalier; by 1660 the brim had become so wide that the corners were turned up forming the tricorne. Women during that century generally wore hoods, although the high-standing, wired lace fontanges and commodes were popular; after 1700 the lace cap became fashionable. By the 19th cent. straw was used in making the recently introduced bonnets for women and Panamas for men. At the same time the beaver, or English round hat, of the 17th and 18th cent. gave way to the silk top hat, or stovepipe; caps and soft felt hats came back into favor; and the derby was introduced by William Bowler in England. Women's hats increased in size with their coiffures, culminating in the plumed and flowered "Merry Widows" of the late 19th cent.; with the advent of the closed automobile, hats became smaller. The 1960s saw a considerable decrease in the wearing and manufacture of hats. See headdressheaddress,
head covering or decoration, protective or ceremonial, which has been an important part of costume since ancient times. Its style is governed in general by climate, available materials, religion or superstition, and the dictates of fashion.
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What does it mean when you dream about a hat?

Hats represent concealment (e.g., a magician’s hat) and a covering of one’s head and mind (“keep this under your hat”). A tipped hat suggests a greeting, and different types of hats symbolize different situations (e.g., a beret suggests the military and a top hat represents magic, a formal occasion, a dance routine).



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Hats are usually symbolic of power and authority. They also stereotype the person who is wearing it. Look at the details in your dream and notice especially who is wearing the hat. The type and quality of the hat usually represents the degree of authority and respect that your unconscious mind is giving to the person wearing it. Generally the person wearing the hat is representing a part of you. What is the hat saying about your position in life and your attitude toward it?
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May 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The "Chrysler Sebring Hats Off to the Derby" national hat design contest "with a twist" culminated today at Churchill Downs as actress and New York Times best selling author Jenny McCarthy handed keys to an all-new 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible to the grand prize winner -- Nina Rosenberg of Prospect, Ky.
Hats off to Moore for crafting this absorbing reminiscence and to HBO for screening it.
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IT'S hats off to the girls as two of the rising stars in the Birmingham office of international property consultancy King Sturge celebrate promotion.
HATS off to Stephen Nolan for scooping yet another Sony Award.
SIMI VALLEY - Daryl Kleintob, a businesswoman and community volunteer for decades, was honored as the Simi Valley Hospital Foundation's Woman of the Year at its annual Hats Off to Women conference.
YOU'VE got to take your hats off to Wallasey Swimming Club.
Even the Barmy Army took their sun hats off to the master batsman.
Hats off to Maplesoft for addressing this long-time request of the mathematics community.
Hats off to Ted Caine, trainer extraordinaire, who has ensured his two warriors will arrive at the post in prime condition for their date with racing destiny.
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