The Definitive Ranking of Christian Hipster Hats

Because we're living in the golden age of hipster headwear.

Pork Pies. Urban Sombreros. Steve Zissou beanies.

One has to look no further than Pharrell to see that we are currently living in the golden age of hipster headwear.

The craze has been particularly prolific in Christian hipster circles, where it’s now rare to see a worship leader or young pastor take the stage without donning a hat that, in other eras, would have seemed completely ridiculous.

It would be a tragedy to see this trend pass by without properly recognizing the bold headwear choices being made on a daily basis.

There’s only one way to truly reflect on the majesty of Christian hipster hats, which, is obviously, to rank them—definitively.

16. The Trucker Hat

The wearer of this hat is probably a youth pastor. Though, to be fair, when they were in youth group 15 years ago, this hat was actually kind of cool.

15. The Date Mike

The wearer was probably homeschooled. Also probably a youth pastor. Though, unlike the trucker hat youth pastor, they weren’t one of the “bad kids” when they were actually in youth group. It’s one of the few hats that does not even work ironically.

14. Hipster Sombrero: Floppy Brim

The hat of choice for the background vocalist/tambourine-player in your church’s very charismatic worship band.

13. Beanie: The Team Zissou Fit

This individual carries no less than three sources of hydration (a Nalgene bottle, one of those steel water bottles and a cup of coffee) at all times—even in a church building that has several water fountains, a coffee bar and a vending machine.

12. Charlie Chaplin Hat

Despite its comical associations, this hat is only worn by extremely serious individuals who also wear cool glasses.

11. Askew Baseball

Seriously, brah, put your hat on like a normal adult human.

10. Pork Pie

The official hat of Taylor Swift, so obviously, it never goes out of style (except maybe next year, when it will totally be out of style).

9. Hipster Sombrero: Extra Large Brim

This individual is likely a dangerous heretic.

8. The Pharrell Hat

This one is worn by a youth pastor who is trying way, way too hard. Seriously, not even Pharrell can pull off a Pharrell hat.

7. Sweater Hat

Easily the most comfortable hat on the list.

6. The Heisenberg

The Heisenberg hat-wearer is a very serious Calvinist who would try to explain why your non-Reformed theology is so flawed, but you probably wouldn’t get it anyway.

5. Beanie: Top of the Head Fit

This person is probably the bass player in your church’s band. It’s hard to know where they stand spiritually, because they rarely stick around for the sermon.

4. Pope Hat

It takes some serious swag to rock a 3-foot-tall, bedazzled headpiece, with a giant gold scepter, completely non-ironically.

3. Large Beanie

Ironically, this hat is typically only worn when it’s like 70 degrees outside.

2. The Indiana Jones

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1. The Classic Fedora

Ahh, the fedora. A hat as suited for a fixie-riding hipster as one of the Inklings. It’s a headpiece that makes you look smarter no matter what your appearance from the eyebrows down may otherwise suggest. The fedora-wearer throws around theological ideas that sound pretty deep (“exegesis,” “penal substitutionary atonement,” “reprobation”) but only really knows what like half of them actually mean.

Top Comments

Tyler Hernandez


Tyler Hernandez commented…

I notice they didn't include flat caps; this can only mean the flat cap is truly hipster! Lol



joshuabarnett commented…

I laughed out loud at the mega sombrero thing atop the dangerous heretic and the beanie on the flaky bass player. Probably, I need to pick up one of the Calvinist hats.


Bryan Lee Davidson


Bryan Lee Davidson commented…

I'm a Christian outside of America. Are "Christian hipster hats" really a thing? What makes a hipster hat Christian?

Ian Whitlow


Ian Whitlow commented…

I don't see the newsboy cap listed here. Is that an oversight, or am I way behind - or way ahead - of the curve? It all comes back around anyway, right?

Dale Baker


Dale Baker commented…

What a waste of time a digital space. Really, hipster hats? Yep modern journalism at its best. I'm wondering where the argument over skinny jeans went.



Dan replied to Dale Baker's comment

This isn't hard-hitting journalism. Sometimes it's okay to take a break from the doom and gloom media that we're accustomed to and just have a chuckle now and then. There has been a skinny-jean article before and also "you know you're a mega-church if your pastor wears..." article as well. Take a breath.

Kevin Arensman


Kevin Arensman commented…

As a pastor who wears 8 of these at various times, I'm wondering why the cowboy hat (mix between cowboy and Indiana Jones) isn't there, nor my Irish driving hat. Both get compliments, and keep the dome warm during winter months.

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