But I disagree about the hat being "dead". Â Maybe certain types of hats may be "dead", but as long as there are heads, the popularity of headwear of sundry variety will wax and wane. Â It jnust so happens that the head is not an body part that needs to be covered at all times (in European derived cultures) or for practical reasons so hats in general can be out, while shoes, for example, will always be in.
50 years ago and before that for hudreds of years hats were absolutely necessary attire for walking out of doors. As popular as baseball caps remain, I don't think there will ever come a time again when hads will become the same essential piece of clothing they once were. Largely, I think, because of cars: there's just not enough head room in modern cars to keep your hat on, and modern cars also have head-rests that would interfere with most hats. (The same can be said of airplanes). This has become so universal that even in a city like New York, where wearing hats would actually make a lot of sense (since most commuters don't drive, but take the subway or the train) one rarely sees anyone wearing a hat. It's been that way long enough for the hat's loss to not be a mere fad or fashion phenomenon.