Hats are gradually becoming a daily accessory for more and more modern gentlemen. Men’s hats come in many shapes, sizes and fabrics. So to make it easier for you fashion-forward men to add this fashion accessory to your closet, I've broken down the basic hat styles and provided some pointers for adding them to your wardrobe.
1. THE TRIBLY
"The trilby is generally a medium to narrow-brimmed hat, that suits narrower faces. It is a good, casual, everyday hat that doesn’t make too much of a statement.
"When buying one, remember good felt hats are made of fur felt not wool. They hold the shape better and are more rain resistant and have better temperature control.
"Trilbys are probably not as high in the crown as you think they are. Men who have never worn a hat always try one on and think it’s really tall. It’s because they alter the shape of your head, and that takes some getting used to. You can always make it look shorter by putting a wider band on it.
2. THE FEDORA
It started in 1920’s with gangsters, bootleggers and it transformed into a fashion style over the decades. It has become a popular accessory for men. Fedoras are known for their short brim, some have upturn brims, and there creased crown. A good felt (or straw) fedora has a sturdy but flexible brim that can be “snapped up” or “snapped down” in the front or back, allowing you to mold the brim and achieve the perfect, slightly-askew shape.
3. THE CAP
The Ivy cap, or flat cap, is similar to the newsboy, only without the floppy 8 panels and the button on top. This style, which traces its history from Southern Italy, Northern England, and parts of Scotland, also wins the awards for the most names. It is also referred to as a cabbie cap, longshoreman’s cap, cloth cap, scally cap, Wigens cap, ivy cap, golf cap, duffer cap, driving cap, bicycle cap, Jeff cap, Steve cap, Irish cap, Paddy cap…in Scotland as a bunnet, in Wales as a Dai cap, and in England and New Zealand, as a cheese-cutter. Which ever you want to call it, just know its is a fashion accessory.
3. THE PANAMA
The Panama hat is a traditional brimmed straw hat of Ecuadorian origin. Similar in shape to the trilby (down in the front, curled up in the back), but with proportions more similar to the classic fedora. Traditionally Panama hats were made from the plaited leaves of the Carludovica palmata, a palm-like plant rather than a true palm.
4. THE BOATER
The boater is a men’s summer formal hat made of stiff sennit straw. It’s characterized by it’s inflexible brim, flat top, and wide grosgrain band (which is often striped, or solid black for traditional summer formal occasions). Similar in formality to the homburg, a boater is correctly worn with a blazer, smart lounge suit, or even with black tie (as seen here by the one and only Dandy Doctor Mr. Andre Churchwell).
5. PORK PIE
Also very similar to the Boater, the pork pie has a narrow brim that is always turned up and a flat top with a circular indent. As fashion writer Glenn O’Brien once joked; “the porkpie hat is the mark of the determined hipster, the kind of cat you might see hanging around a jazz club or a pool hall…it is often worn with a goatee, soul patch, and/or toothpick”. The most famous porkpie in recent television history is worn by Bryan Cranston‘s character Walter White in Breaking Bad when he appears as his alter ego “Heisenberg”, whose persona is largely associated with the hat.
Someone is probably going to read this and say "heck i dont care what the names are, so long i look good, throw them on" (lol). Well, i'm a fan of men's hat and i love how men are becoming more fashion-forward with their every day look and their style in general. As much as we all are in a hurry to look good and walk out the door, it is imperative that you know your fashion accessories. You never know when it might come in handy.