Our selection of tartan hats include tams and sports caps. Made in Scotland of high-quality materials, all are customizable in your choice of Scottish family tartan.
From the golf course to formal dress events, we have hats to suit any style and occasion. The classy bonspiel tam, traditional tartan tam and stylish sports cap all feature a flexible band for a comfortable, universal fit.
The tam has a rich history, with roots in 19th century Scotland. It was named after Tam O' Shanter, the hero in the Robbie Burns' poem of the same name. Tams consist of six pieces of pie-shaped fabric stitched together and attached to a matching band of the same material. It has no brim, but does have an external hatband, something found in all Scots bonnets. The pom-pom in the middle even has a special name: the toorie. This distinctive, finishing touch is usually made of yarn.
While the tam o' shanter was the classic headdress for several infantry regiments, other types of bonnets have also been worn. The Balmoral and the Glengarry have been worn by military personnel in Scotland, England, Canada, Australia and several other countries around the world, a practice that continues in some regiments to this day. You'll often see pipers wear the Glengarry as part of their traditional uniforms.
The tam was commonly worn by men, but over time has gained popularity with women, who often wear the playful, colourful tammy. In the 1920s, the tam was the hat of choice amongst females who liked the way the hat complemented their short hairstyles. The trend had lasting power – decades later, it continues to be worn by fashionable women worldwide.