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U.S. Navy “Dixie Cup” Hat


In 1886, this white hat became part of Naval Uniform Regulations. This hat, worn during the warm weather months, replaced the previously issued straw hats. The Navy needed a summer hat that was easy to clean, stow, manufacture, and comfortable to wear.



The hat’s nickname “Dixie Cup” began during World War II because it resembled the paper cup of the same name. The hat was briefly phased out during the 1970s when the Navy revised their military regulations, but was reinstated as a classic symbol of the US Naval uniform.

Current regulations require that the hat be worn with the lower front edge a half inch above the eyebrow with the middle not crushed or bent.