Street Goes Official


While shooting in Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku, I noticed there is a whole new trend in headgear. Uniform hats and caps—and anything else that even looks slightly official—are red hot.

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Wanna be ahead of the trend curve? Get yourself a uniform hat!

Anything is game, from regular army caps to hats worn by elderly German water sports enthusiasts.

But you’re really hot if you can find an old policeman’s hat or a traditional postman cap.

Uniform Hats

Uniform Hat

Uniform Hat

Go get one yourself, search in our eBay shop for uniform hats.

What uniform headgear do you want to wear? Do you know any cool ones?

Kjeld Duits About the Author

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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I like the cap with the blue rim. Anybody knows what uniform that comes from? Looks like an old German school cap to me.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Nov 14, 2009 (4608 days ago)

you mean from the guy with the black hair ?
i thought it was from a marine uniform o; this is from an army cap
i think it kinda looks alike, just the upper part looks different ^^
maybe it’s edited for the fashionable part C:
loving this trend though ^^ i already wanted a cap like the first one :D

Nov 14, 2009 (4608 days ago)

Yes, the guy with the black hair. I think it is closer to this 19th century ship’s officer’s hat. I think that the design of the guy's hat above dates from the 19th century and I am pretty sure I have seen it in some kind of a German setting. Cool trend, eh!

Kjeld Duits (author)
Nov 15, 2009 (4607 days ago)

They’re pretty cool. I like the last one. The first one is a bit too much army

Nov 15, 2009 (4607 days ago)

Thanks, Davey. I like the postman’s cap. I think it’s really cute.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Nov 15, 2009 (4607 days ago)

The one with the blue rim is pretty similar to the hat part of the couleur (flag colour items) of a German Studentenverbindung (fraternity). Actually, it’s just the same shape as an old-fashioned university student’s cap. They have these in Scandinavia too, though, so it’s not quite sure if this one’s German after all.

Jul 14, 2013 (3270 days ago)

@Ari: Would love to know the origins.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Jul 14, 2013 (3270 days ago)

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