On Labor Day, a salute to the hats that defined a generation of workers

Hats off to the workers! Ah, but what kind of hat? This Labor Day, Sept. 5, as we salute the working men and women of the United States, remember their contributions. Not just to textile weaving and auto assembly, but to your wardrobe. The worker’s cap, or flat cap, or “newsboy” cap, is a timeless men’s fashion accessory.

Guys of every age, of every class, from every country, wear the jaunty thing. It’s always in style. In England, it’s known as the peaked cap. “Peaky Blinders,” the hit Netflix show about Birmingham gangs in the 1920s — it was the name of a real criminal gang — is a reference to the hat that nearly all the male characters wear. The hats conceal razor blades. Read more at NorthJersey.