7 Best Corduroy Flat Caps for Warmth & Style [Newsboy Ivy Hats]


Corduroy flat caps are popular not only because they are stylish, but because they also provide nice warmth in cold winter conditions. Although all corduroy caps are similar, there will be subtle design differences. For example, I like the Stetson cap listed below because it uses an extremely soft micro-cord design that adds extra comfort to the cap.

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These are my choices for the best corduroy flat caps:

As I mentioned above, I like the micro-cord cap by Stetson. The term “micro-cord” just refers to the thickness of the wale. A corduroy wale is the corduroy row pattern, and the thickness of the wale can differ from cap to cap. It can have a small impact on warmth, but the biggest impact is just on how the cap looks.

If you prefer a ticker corduroy wale, the Lipodo cap above will be a nice option. Again, I wouldn’t worry about overthinking the width of the wale other than to decide what type of wale thickness you think looks the best on the cap.

Also, not all flat caps are designed the same. For example, if you want a corduroy newsboy cap, the newsboy style, although often referred to as a flat cap, is a bit different. You can expect a corduroy newsboy cap to be a bit rounder and sit a bit taller than most flat caps.

In this article let’s take a closer look at these corduroy flat caps so you can find one that fits your specific needs. Let’s also discuss several things to consider when buying these types of corduroy caps.

Best Corduroy Flat Caps

Stetson Soft Corduroy Flat Cap

The two things that jump out about this Stetson flat corduroy ivy cap are the thickness of the wales (this cap uses thin wale pattern), and the overall softness of the material. Stetson designed this cap to be extra soft, which gives it an inviting warmth in the cold winter months.

Here’s what this Stetson corduroy cap looks like:

This is the current price of this Stetson corduroy flat cap available at Amazon (paid affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). Here’s what you need to know about this cap:

  • Wale Pattern – This corduroy Irish cap uses a very thin wale pattern. These types of thin wale patterns (sometimes referred to as micro-cord) aren’t quite as noticeable from a distance, and give the cap a more subtle design. The cord pattern on the under-brim is a bit thicker, which gives the cap a cool contrasting design.
  • Material – Stetson designed this cap to be extra soft, and uses 100% cotton corduroy. This cap also has a cotton lining to help add extra warmth and moisture control.
  • Design – This cap has a traditional flat cap design where the brim is not visible and is stitched to the top part of the cap. This cap sits flat – if you prefer a rounder design, the corduroy newsboy cap we discuss next will be a nice option. The brim length is approximately two inches. This cap has one larger panel that dominates the top of the cap, and several side accent panels to add style (five total panels).

Click here to view this Stetson corduroy ivy cap available at Amazon (paid affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). This flat cap also has an internal sweat band to help control perspiration and help the cap fit comfortably.


Sterkowski Vigo Corduroy Newsboy Cap

One thing I really like about the Sterkowski brand is they have been in business since the early 1900’s, but still to this day they operate as a smaller brand and don’t mass produce their hats. They value handmade, small batch production. This cap is a corduroy newsboy cap, which means it will be a bit rounder and taller than traditional flat caps.

Here’s what this Sterkowski newsboy cap looks like:

This is the current price of this Sterkowski corduroy newsboy cap available at Amazon (paid affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). Here’s what you need to know about this cap:

  • Style – This flat cap has a newsboy design, which means it will be taller and rounder than most types of flat caps. Sometimes newsboy caps are referred to as flat caps, but these small design difference will impact the fit and look of the cap on your head.
  • Handmade – Still to this day Sterkowski prides itself on details and the handmaking process of building a cap. Yes, this flat cap is made with corduroy to provide comfortable warmth in cooler weather.
  • Design – This corduroy newsboy cap has a thicker wale pattern than the Stetson hat we discussed first. This cap has an 8-panel design just like most newsboy caps do. This cap has a viscose lining which has a smooth feel to it. The brim on this newsboy cap is visible from the front, and provides weather protection.

Click here to view this Sterkowski corduroy newsboy cap available at Amazon (paid affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). This cap also has a leather sweatband to help with moisture control and fit.


Stetson Flat Corduroy Ivy Cap

This Stetson cap is unique because it has a mottled corduroy design. A mottled design just means it uses uneven tone to give the cap unique coloring and design. It is very rare to find corduroy flat caps with this type of mottled fabric design.

Here’s what this Stetson corduroy ivy cap looks like:

This is the current price of this Stetson corduroy ivy cap available at Amazon (paid affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). Here’s what you need to know about this cap:

  • Ivy Cap – You may see certain types of flat caps referred to as ivy caps. A corduroy ivy cap is just another name for a flat cap, and there are basically no significant design differences. As we discuss later in the article, there are several names for flat caps, including the term ivy cap.
  • Fabric – Yes, this cap is made with 100% cotton corduroy. It also has a 100% cotton lining for warmth and moisture control. The cap itself has a traditional design where one panel dominates the top of the cap.
  • Design – As we discussed, this corduroy ivy cap has a mottled corduroy fabric, which gives it a unqiue, uneven coloring and distinguishes it from most other flat caps. The brim measures in at a little bit under an inch and a half in length. The brim is visible from the front and does stick out from the top of the cap.

Click here to view this Stetson corduroy ivy cap available at Amazon (paid affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). This cap also has an internal sweat band to help control perspiration in the summer months.


Other Corduroy Flat Caps to Consider

  • Lipodo Cordial Corduroy Flat Cap – As we discussed throughtout, the thickness of the corduroy wales can greatly affect the appearance of these caps. If you prefer a wide, thick wale pattern, this Lipodo cap will be a nice option. Yes, it is made with 100% cotton corduroy and features a single-panel top to give it a classic design. The brim is slightly visible from the front. This cap also has a cotton lining. Click here to view this Lipodo corduroy cap available at Amazon (paid affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com).
  • Kangol Slim Fit Corduroy Ivy Cap – Some flat caps are made for wider head designs, and deliver a baggier fit. If you need a narrow cap, this Kangol corduroy ivy cap has a slim fit design that won’t stick out baggy on the sides. It has a classic ivy flat cap design with a single panel top, and a 1 3/8 inch brim that sticks out slightly in the front. Click here to view this Kangol slim fit corduroy ivy cap available at Kangol.com (paid affiliate link takes you to Kangol.com).

4 Things to Consider When Buying Corduroy Flat Caps

How Should a Flat Cap Fit?

Flat caps should fit snug, but not too tight around the side of the head. The actual fit of the cap itself will vary depending on the paneling and design of the flat cap you choose.

For example, corduroy newsboy caps usually have a rounder design that fits a bit looser on the top of the head than traditional flat caps. If you prefer a narrow, slim design, then I would recommend the Kangol cap on the list at the top of the page that is made with a slim fit design.

If you want to read more about how to size your corduroy Irish cap, visit this flat cap sizing guide. The main takeaway is that the actual fit of your flat cap will vary and depends greatly on the type of paneling the cap uses. Most corduroy flat caps fit low on the head, while corduroy newsboy caps will fit a bit taller.

Some types of flat caps may have a snap button on the brim to help adjust the fit. If you want to read more about the purpose of this button, visit my article about why flat caps have snap buttons.

Other Corduroy Options

If you are shopping for a corduroy flat cap because you love the look at feel of corduroy, visit some of our other articles regarding corduroy by clicking below:

Corduroy Flat Cap Alternatives

Corduroy is a soft, cozy fabric that helps trap warmth and makes sense for fall and winter months. But if you are shopping for a flat cap, what are your other fabric options and how do they compare to corduroy?

  • Leather – Leather is another popular option for the fall and winter months. Because leather pairs so well with a wide range of outfits, it is also common for summer attire. To read more, visit our article about the best flat caps made with leather.
  • Polyester – Polyester is a bit more common in summer flat caps. These caps often are very breathable and may even have ventilation holes or panels.
  • Waxed CanvasWaxed Canvas hats are a popular choice for winter because they offer durability and water-resistance. Although there are some types of flat waxed canvas hats, this type of material is more common in bucket hats.
  • Linen – It is very common to see flat caps made with linen, but this lightweight material is much more appropriate for hot summer weather. To read more, visit our article about the best linen flat caps.

Types of Flat Caps

  • Corduroy Flat Cap – Corduroy ivy caps, corduroy Irish caps, corduroy cabbie caps, corduroy Gatsby caps, and corduroy Scally caps are all essentially the same thing (there may be some minor design differences regarding the shape and number of panels). All of these flat caps are designed to sit flat on the head and are basically one in the same with, occasionally, minor design differences.
  • Corduroy Newsboy Cap – Most newsboy hats are designed slightly different than traditional flat caps. Newsboy hats often have a rounded six-panel or eight-panel design that sits a bit taller and baggier on the head than a flat cap. The brim is usually more noticeable on a newsboy cap than a flat cap. It’s important to note that flat caps will occasionally be referred to as newsboy caps, so this term can be used loosely at times.
  • Corduroy Peaked Cap – Due to the rise in popularity of the show Peaky Blinders, many people often ask what type of hat does the character Thomas Shelby wear in Peaky Blinders? Although many people often refer to it as a flat cap, the cap that the character Thomas Shelby wears in Peaky Blinders is a newsboy cap, and often referred to as a “peaked” cap.
  • Corduroy Driving Cap – A corduroy driving cap can refer to the entire range of corduroy flat caps, corduroy ivy caps, and corduroy newsboy caps (and even other types of hats). Most driving hats have a low-profile design that can fit comfortably in the cab of a car.

Paul Johnson

Paul is a lead content creator for Workwear Command. He has had several blue-collar jobs which have provided him a wide range of experience with tools and gear. He also has a business degree and has spent time in business casual office settings.

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