Detail of Banquet of the officers of the Calivermen Civic Guard, Haarlem, 1627, by Frans Hals, showing Dutch militia officers wearing cavalier hats.

A cavalier hat is a variety of wide-brimmed hat popular in the 17th century.[1] These hats were often made from felt, and usually trimmed with an ostrich plume. They were often cocked up[1] or had one side of the brim pinned to the side of the crown of the hat (similar to the slouch hat) which was then decorated with feathers.

Cavalier hats get their name from supporters of King Charles I during the English Civil War, known as Cavaliers, noted for wearing extravagant clothing. It was a common hat style throughout Europe during the 17th century, until it was later replaced in fashion by the tricorne.

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  1. ^ a b Cunnington, C. Willett; Cunnington, Phillis (1972). Handbook of English Costume in the Seventeenth Century (3rd ed.). London: Faber and Faber. pp. 24, 65–69.