Occupational Head Gear
Hats to Ball Caps
Hats and caps come in all styles including fedoras, berets, ball caps to cowboy hats and bowler hats. Most hats serve a purpose related to the occupation in some way, whether the purpose is functionary such as with the hard hat to protect the head from falling objects or wide-brimmed sombrero hat of Mexico and the Philippines which provides much needed shade from the hot sun.
Hats for Status, Authority or Wealth
There are unique and distinguishable hat or cap designs suitable for nearly every career field or occupation. Head coverings serve not only to protect the wearer's eyes and head from the bright, hot sun and elements such as rain, sleet and snow, but hats also help others to identify the rank, file or status of the wearer. A crown serves to identify the wearer as powerful and in charge.
Official hats (and uniforms) such as the ones worn by police make it easier for people to immediately identify an authority figure. The large billowing hat of a master chef lets everyone in the restaurant know who prepared the masterpiece of a meal set before you. The color and shape of the bright yellow hard hat in a construction area lets everyone know that objects may fall painfully upon your noggin from above, so you'd better grab one before entering the zone.