Ultimate Driving Cap – New York Auto Show

What’s the best driving cap? With the New York Auto Show this week, we’re honoring concept cars, new model reveals, and paying tribute to the perfect driving cap.

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CASHMERE DRIVING CAP

When I took it out of the box, I knew something was uniquely different and it immediately became my favorite hat of the bunch. This Stetson flat cap is made of a cashmere blend. If you’ve never touched the luxuriously soft feeling of cashmere, then you haven’t lived. It’s a warmer material, so you’re going to want to wear it in fall and winter, but you’ll be glad the dark colors of this hat will match your thick peacoat perfectly.

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PATCHWORK DRIVING CAP

This hat is just plain awesome. With the multiple colored fabric, it matches everything I own. They call it a Monaco style patchwork, and even though I’m not sure what they’re referring to, I’ve seen plenty of Formula 1 racers walk around town in ivy caps and that’s good enough for me. This hat is also made in Italy, which is practically Monaco, so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.

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HERRINGBONE DRIVING CAP

This hat is slick. Driving caps come in varying shapes, even though they’re always the same basic framework. The company Kangol makes lots of sporty ivy caps which look like sneakers. This is Stetson’s version of a trendy and youthful flat cap. Did I mention it’s slick? The tiny brim isn’t as visible and doesn’t peek out like a normal hat, as the crown is pulled forward and tight. It’s made in a Herringbone stitch, which is a classically cool look for a flat cap.

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CLUBHOUSE DRIVING CAP

Ivy caps, like everything in life, are seasonal. No one’s going to stop you from wearing a light hat in the winter, or a wool hat during the summer, but why would you want to? This ivy cap from Walrus is exactly that, it’s a spring and summer hat. Made of linen, it’s light and breathes well. It also makes for a super cool golf hat, if you want to go for that timeless Scottish golf sort of feel.

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WAXED COTTON DRIVING CAP

The wildcard of the bunch, and there’s always one, is this Woolrich waxed cotton ivy cap. You have no idea what waxed cotton is, but if you touched it, you’d know. It’s that fabric that feels like a seal’s back. You touch it, and you’re like, “oh yeah, this baby’s waterproof.” You just gotta have it. This thing kicks butt in the winter as the flannel is really warm and cozy inside. Plus it has little ear flaps that pop out, making your ears nice and toasty. A must have for any Northerner.

Are you attending the New York Auto Show? What’s your favorite hat or driving cap?

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