Newsboy Cap vs Flat Cap – 3 Main Differences

When you ask the question "newsboy cap vs flat cap", you may be wait for a while. The newsboy caps and ivy caps are both a classic style choice. But many people don't know the difference between newsboy and flat cap because of the quite similarities between them. Today let's explore it.

What is the difference between a flat cap and a newsboy cap?

  • 1. The newsboy cap has a top button while the flat cap doesn't. And the top button are the best way to distinguish a newsboy cap from a flat cap.

  • 2. The newsboy cap has panels while the flat cap doesn't.

  • 3. The newsboy cap is rounder, puffier while the flat cap has no bagginess.

What is a newsboy cap?

It has the overall shape with a low profile and a small stiff peak (visor) in front. It has 8 panels that are sewn together from the top of the hat, so you can call it an eight-panel or gatsby cap. And it always has a top button.

The history of the newsboy cap?

The style was popular in Europe and North America in the early 20th centuries among both boys and adult men. As the name suggests, it was at the time associated with newspaper boys. This gives rise to a misunderstanding. It is true that many newspaper boys and other working boys at the time wore flat caps along with other styles. This style was not, however, worn only by boys. A great many photographs of the period show these caps worn not only by newsboys, but by dockworkers, high steel workers, shipwrights, costermongers, farmers, beggars, bandits, artisans, and tradesmen of many types. Know more about newsboy cap in wikipedia.

What is a flat cap?

A flat cap or ivy cap is a rounded cap with a small stiff brim in front, originating in the British Isles. Unlike a newsboy cap, there are no panels and no top button in the center. The flat cap is known in Ireland as a paddy cap, in Scotland as a bunnet, in Wales as a Dai cap, in New Zealand as a cheese-cutter, and in the United States as a driving cap.

The history of the flat cap?

The style can be traced back to the 14th century in Northern England, when it was more likely to be called a "bonnet". This term was replaced by "cap" before about 1700, except in Scotland, where it continues to be referred to as a bunnet in Scots.

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, when men predominantly wore some form of headgear, flat caps were commonly worn throughout Great Britain and Ireland.

In the United States, the caps were worn from the 1890s. The cap grew in popularity at the turn of the 20th century and was at the time standard boys' wear.The flat cap made its way to southern Italy in the late 1800s, likely brought by British servicemen. Know more about flat cap in wikipedia.

How to wear a newsboy cap or a flat cap?

If you’re wearing a tweed cap, make sure that the material of your hat contrasts enough with the material of your coat or jacket. Patterns that are too similar will look odd next to each other, so consider a solid color for one and a pattern for the other.

Find your style

Deciding which style is best for you is all about finding the look that matches your personal taste preferences. If you like a full look with button decor and playful sensibilities, a newsboy cap is likely the right choice for you.

If you're looking for a more understated look or want to emulate pro golfers, the ivy cap is likely the best choice for you.

Have a look at our large selection of flat caps and newsboy caps. If you don't know your size, please click "hat size chart".

How to wash?

  1. Step 1. Fill a bowl with warm water. Do not use hot water as it may ruin the cap.

  2. Step 2. Add a small amount (about a teaspoon) of a mild, bleach-free laundry detergent.

  3. Step 3. Soak a small part of the hat (preferably somewhere unnoticeable) to see if the color will bleed. If not, continue. If yes, stop.

  4. Step 4. Place the back of the cap in the water – keep the brim out of the water. Gently wash from the back of the cap to the front. Avoid washing the brim unless it’s exceptionally dirty.

  5. Step 5. Focus on the inner sweatband and give it an extra scrub to remove built-up oil and sweat.

  6. Step 6. Once you’ve given it a light wash, remove it from the water and rinse with cold water to remove any detergent. Gently press between a towel to remove excess water. Do not ring or twist the cap.

  7. Step 6. Air dry the cap away from direct sunlight and heat. When you lay it down, shape the cap as best as possible as it will dry in the shape you leave it in.Avoid getting the brim or visor wet because many are constructed with cardboard and will crack and lose their shape when wet. If you must clean the brim, do so with a small amount of water and a clean towel.


Can you wear a newsboy cap or flat cap in summer?

You can wear it in the summer if it’s made from breathable linen or lightweight cotton.

Are flat caps in style 2020?


Are flat caps attractive?

Flat caps look great styled casually and formally, and they provide a lovely British charm to your outfit. Choose a flat cap that fits comfortably in a tweed or wool material, and add it to your fall and winter outfits for a charming addition.

When should a newsboy hat be worn?

Like the classic fabric choices, be aware of the season – newsboy caps made from linen and cotton are best for spring, while caps made from tweed are perfect for winter. The cap lining is also another thing to watch as we want it to be as soft as possible – an italian flat cap will be best for this.