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Captain Hats & Festivals: What’s with Those Things?

Head gear at music festivals often includes an embellished captain hat. Does it hold some kind of significance?

Embellished captain hats are a popular accessory choice at Burning Man, and anything on a boat such as Groove Cruise or Holy Ship. This is confusing because normally there is only one captain per ship. Are all these bitches captain? Or does the garment hold a special meaning, like they are the pilots of their own destiny?

To document the recent fashion movement at music festivals here is a compilation of some of the top trending captain hats.

Captain Hats for Festivals

The image on the top of the page is a custom bejeweled captain hat by Ineffable Glitter. Everyone on board would have to respect you with a captain hat as shiny as this one. Order yours early to make sure they have time for processing. This particular hat retails for $575.

Model Jasmine Tookes went to Burning Man 2017 prepared with a cup that attaches to her belt loop. That shows good captaining skills.


Brianna Briazza is a yoga instructor and artist. Here she is at Burning Man 2017 showing off her Captain Crikey Hat by Soul Sergeants.


Lady Lawrs Buttons is a fire dancer and headpiece designer. Her hat and feather epaulettes were spotted at Wilderness Festival 2017.


LA based makeup artist Taylor Martinez kept it classy at Groove Cruise 2017. This is at the EDM vs Hip Hop theme party.


Designer Bazinga Luna captured this shot at Burning Man 2017. She is breaking up her all black playa gear with a sparkly hat.


One of Knight Beauties’ captain hats was photographed at Burning Man 2017. The jewelry designer also makes accessories for the playa.


Unicorn Tears, a hat designer, posted an image of her Evil Eye Hat at Virgin V Festival 2017. It even matches the tent.


Danish glitter manufacturer EcoSparkles captured designer Tyre Loe in a captain hat and sparkle makeup at Copenhagen Pride 2017.

Beautiful @tyre_loe showing of glitters and hat during today’s #copenhagenpride #happypride #lgbt #rainbowlove

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Festival enthusiast and mother Becky Lewis wishes that she could wear her raver costume every day. Here she is at Boomtown 2017.


Beach lover, festival fan and mother Malorie Sunshine wore a disco ball inspired captain hat and gloves at Holy Ship 2017.

Tip of the hat to all who are still booking! We’re ready to make some magic with you in 2018 ?

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Paris Hilton is super into EDM festivals and has been photographed backstage a lot. Here she is at Burning Man 2017.

#GoodTimes at #BurningMan with my love, @ShaninaMShaik & @DJRuckusOfficial. ?❤?

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Head pieces at music festivals range from flower crowns, to animal hoods and now captain hats.

Any comments?