Through the centuries, hats have always been popular, but every decade has had a particular style or styles of hat that was particular indicative of the era.
Though hats are worn by both sexes, the most iconic hats of the 70s were probably worn by women.
Hats were really quite trendy in the 70s, especially in the earlier years of the decade.
And, by far, the most popular hat style was the large, floppy hat. Women, particularly younger women, wore hats that included large brims that drooped on the front, back, and sides rather than sticking straight out, as was the trend during previous decades such as the 40s and 50s.
These floppy hats could be worn with a variety of fashion styles from simple jeans and a peasant shirt to your best mini dress. Some were made of cotton, others were wool or felt.
They were suitable for just about any time of the year and the really fashionable girl of the 70s had more than one. In fact, she probably had several to match a variety of outfits.
In the 70s, crocheted hats were a huge trend as well. In particular, there was a type of crocheted hat that was catapulted to fame thanks to one of the decade’s most popular films – Love Story.
In the movie, the heroine – played by Ali MacGraw – wore several different cap-style crocheted hats that soon become simply known as “Ali MacGraw hats.” These became especially popular with teenagers and young adult women.
Everyone wanted to look like Ali MacGraw, so companies that manufactured woolen goods made a fortune selling these hats, which slipped onto your head like a swim cap but not quite so tight.
They came in a variety of colors and usually had a crocheted flower or other ornamentation on one side near the ear.
Certainly, these could be purchased in a store, but many women decided to learn to crochet so that they could create their own Ali MacGraw-style hats. Patterns were simple and even beginners could tackle them.
Mens 70s Hats
Men’s hats in the 1970s weren’t quite as popular as lady’s hats. Men – both young and old – still wore baseball caps that featured their favorite team or a variety of other sayings.
You may have also spied a 70s gentleman in a classic fedora style hat, a slouch hat meant for going fishing or spending time in the sun, or – sometimes – a wide brimmed hat that came to be known as a “pimp” hat.