Whether you are dressing for a formal or casual event, a hat is an easy and inexpensive accessory that can make a huge difference in your appearance. It’s really the icing on the cake when it comes to men’s fashion. Yes, function is the first purpose of a hat. But fashion is a very close second.
There are many different types of hats from which you can choose, and you may actually wish to have several different styles as part of your wardrobe. You can also experiment with different fabrics and materials based on your climate. For example, if you live in a cool climate, you may wish to look for a fedora hat in a heavy felted material, which is a style that was made popular in the 1940s. If you live in a hot climate, you may prefer a fedora that has been made from straw or woven paper cord, as this can protect you from the sun while still breathing and letting a breeze through. Wearing a hat definitely serves a purpose, and the right one can increase your physical stature and make you stand apart from those around you.
Here are some of the most popular fashionable current trends in men’s hats:
Newsboy caps: A newsboy cap is a great look for fall. They are often made of a wool blend, and can also be found in leather, corduroy, and tweed. The most popular colors for newsboy caps are black, brown, gray, red, and green. For a cool autumn walk, try adding a wool blend newsboy cap to an outfit of corduroy pants, a cotton sport shirt, and a dark denim jacket, with a wool scarf looped around your neck.
Trilby and Fedora hats: A trillby hat is similar to a fedora hat. In fact, the terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Both hats have an indented crown and a pinched portion in the front. However, the trillby is characterized by its shorter, narrower brim. The trillby brim is also often upturned at the back of the hat. If you live in a rainy climate, such as the Pacific Northwest, look for a fedora to match your raincoat, like Humphrey Bogart used to wear. Or, if you really want to stand out the next time you wear a three piece suit, top it with a fedora or trillby hat. Look for the one of the original Kings of Comedy, Cedric the Entertainer, for inspiration here. The sort of jazzy retro-inspired look has made a big comeback in recent years. Pinstripes, silk pocket squares, and wide tie knotsare all good partners for these brim and crown hats.
Flat caps: The flat cap has a small brim with a high back and an overall rounded shape. It is a style that was made popular by the working class in the UK in the early 1900s. The look is similar to a newsboy cap but flatter. This is a great look to go for if a newsboy cap looks to puffy on you. A flat cap can lend visual interest to any casual outfit, such as a pair of jeans and a wool sweater.
Bowler or Derby Hats: Bowler hats are made of felt and are rather hard to the touch. This makes them great, long lasting pieces of apparel, however they are not the best choices for travel, as they are not crushable as many other softer formed hats are. Derby/bowler hats have a distinct rounded crown and a short brim. They are a British icon and were also popularized in America in the early 20th century. Like the fedora and the trillby, the bowler is great for a formal look with a suit. However, it is preferable for those who have a square-shaped face. Men with round or long, thin faces will fare better with a different style.