Headgear in contemporary times is associated with the outdoors, with events like Ascot, or with pop culture. There are notable exceptions, like the clergy or royalty. And of course, other than where headgear is associated with religious affiliations, it is no longer de rigueur as a part of daily life. This wasn't always the case. There was a time when headgear was an essential part of apparel, denoting status, religion, and profession, right up to the early 20th century.