Many winter hats have pom-poms attached to the top – but why?
It is believed that embellishment wasn’t always for fashionistas but to highlight rank in different departments throughout history.
The mythological god Freyr was depicted in 1904 with a headdress adorned with a pompon – as seen on a statue found in Södermanland, Sweden – in 1904, while some believe the additional detail has been worn since the Viking Age.
Elsewhere in Europe, clergymen in Rome wore caps called birettas, which had different colored pompoms to indicate what work they were doing.
Meanwhile, soldiers from the Scottish Highland regiments and Napoleon’s infantry wore wooly pompoms on their uniforms.
According to The outline, some experts believe the pom poms helped protect against the elements.
Sailors also wore hats with pompoms at sea – thought to provide additional protection for their heads in tight spaces.
Pom-poms became more mainstream during the Depression.
This is likely because they provided an affordable way to spice up basic outfits without spending a lot of money.
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