Hat Styles

Hat Styles: The Many Styles of Peter Grimm

The Lifeguard

The ‘Lifeguard Hat’ was designed and marketed by Peter Grimm in the late 1980’s. Since then, we have made it for Quiksilver, Billabong and Rip Curl to name a few. The surf industry may have made this hat famous, but the pure functionality of its wide brim and comfort fit has made it popular. It is the perfect sun protection hat for doing anything in the sun.


This style radiates simple, all-American cool factor and is a trend that never seems to fade. Peter Grimm created the ‘Drifter’ for the Surf Industry. The shape is also loved by musicians and has become a staple in clubs worldwide. Peter Grimm has the largest selection of Drifter styles in the headwear industry. There is wire in the brim so that you can shape it to reflect your character. Peter Grimm Drifters also include special features, such as a ‘private pocket’ in the crown of the hat, or the ‘G-clip’ that allows you to hang your hat anywhere.


A fedora conveys cool, carefree style. It is a hat that is creased lengthwise down the crown and pinched in the front on both sides. Fedoras can be creased with teardrop crowns, diamond crowns or center dents, and the positioning of pinches can vary. The brim goes all the way around the crown and can be left raw edge, finished with a sewn, bound or self-felt edges.


The Gambler is a wide-brimmed hat with a flat or round crown and lots of historical style. Peter Grimm Gamblers are made in straws and sea grass, and have wire in the brim to give them an extra curl in the front. You’ll see them on the heads of Greg Norman and other top golfers, and as a stylish topper for world-ranging travelers.

Drivers/Flat Cap

A classic driver hat is a round, soft cap with a small brim in front and a somewhat stiff peak in the back. The material is usually wool, tweed, or cotton.


This highly functional, military style cap comes in a vast selection of colors and materials including, tweed, herringbone, rip-stop, wool and cotton. They are inspired by original military army hats with a crown, band and peak (also called a visor). Because of their comfort and durability, they are a great choice for indoor and outdoor work of all kind, and either have sweatbands or adjustable back enclosures.


A beanie is a soft, close-fitting hat which is usually made of wool, synthetic material or fleece. Beanies are worn low on the head, covering the forehead, and can also be pulled down over the ears. There are two main varieties of beanies: those that hug the top of the head, and those that leave the top couple of inches of the hat sitting atop of the head. Beanies fashionably protect the head and ears from cold and wind, or can simply be a fashion statement. Bobble hats are beanies that are topped with a pompom.


A bomber hat is a cap with large ear-flaps, a chin strap and typically a short brim that is turned up at the front to show a lining made of fleece or fur. Bombers can also be made of felt, cotton or polyester.

Peruvian Beanie/Earflap Knits

Styled after the Alpaca wool hats of the Andes, Nepal Peruvian hats are typically made from a wool and acrylic blend and feature ear flaps for added warmth. Peruvian hats resist bitter winds with the two ear flaps that provide full coverage.Peruvian hat tassles prevent the flaps taking flight in even the most arctic of winds.


A favorite of golfers and other sports enthusiasts, a visor is a crown-less hat which only has a brim. Typically, the brim extends forward only, although there are popular styles that continue around the head, tapering as they go.