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The Ascot cap, also known as the Cuffley cap or Lippincott cap, is a hard men's cap similar to the flat cap, but distinguished by its hardness and rounded shape. Ascot caps are typically made from felt or wool and worn in the fall or winter, but straw Ascots also exist for warmer weather.
An Ascot being of a single colour mostly matches up with casual clothes of that colour or those who match it with a suit match up the colour with the suit setup. Unlike the flat cap, the inside is not lined with silk but the closed in design and softness of felt still provides comfort and warmth. The style dates back to 1900 and is popular as an Original.
Ascots are typically associated with horse slaughterers as the brim prevents blood from running into the wearer's eyes.
It is usually worn by men, but some women wear the style. The Ascot style usually is felt. However, leather, cord, tweed and even Irish Patchwork styles are also available.
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