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I heard from a few people that some of the hats that Hassidim wear such as shtreimelach and spodeks mimic the hat styles worn by previous kings and czars. Perhaps, I heard incorrectly, so feel free to provide correct info on where these styles came from.

If it is correct, I am curious as to why they allowed imitating these styles? Two reasons to this question: Isn't this a form of "chukot hagoyim"? Why would they want to mimic the dress style of kings, czars or other leaders that harmed Jews?

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Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/22306 – Fred Jul 11 '14 at 0:55
I think Wikipedia gives a nice story of the shtreimlach, spodeks, and kolpiks. – Adám Jul 11 '14 at 15:42

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