Kepi cap has several distinctive features. It has a cylindrical, structured crown with a flat top and a stiff straight brim. Kepi was a part of the French military and police uniform; however, it has been incorporated in other armed forces too from time to time. The soldiers also wore it during the American Civil War.
As Kepi was lighter than other headgear, it was preferred by soldiers who had to wear the cap for long hours. Kepis were decorated with different colored braids suggesting the wearer’s ranks. Further, there was embroidery on the hat to make it look as decorated as the wearer’s military achievements.