a type of
hat that is typically worn in rural areas,
often for hunting. Because the hat's popular association with Sherlock Holmes,
it is also a stereotypical hat of a detective.
Its main feature is the set of four flexible brim
flaps that are position back, forth and the sides of the hat. They can be
adjusted up or down to suit the needs of the wearer depending on the weather.
The most common arrangement is the front and back flaps being down while
the side ones are folded up and tied into place.
The most famous wearer of this kind of hat is the
fictional character Sherlock Holmes, who is typically depicted favoring
this hat. However, uninformed depictions which have Holmes wearing this
hat in the city fail to realize that the fashion conscious Holmes in the
original stories would never do that. This is because this kind of hat was
restricted to the country and was considered a
fashion faux pas to wear one in an urban
setting. It would be the modern day equivalent of wearing hunting orange
clothes as casual wear in an urban area which is generally considered inappropriately
out of place.