Ignoring fashion trends for a moment, classic hats, like the one our grandfather used to wear have had their ups and downs in popular culture. Hats are comfortable, practical and a great way to add a little personal touch to your outfit. A high-quality hat is a great addition to any man’s wardrobe. There are many types of hats for men. Here let’s take a look at some of the most common hats worn by men today.
For most of the history of men’s style, hats have been functional accessories. Not only do they need to look good, they also protect us from the sun, rain and wind. Practicality is the first element that men consider when choosing a hat. In a broad sense, “classic hats” refer to the stiff-sided, tightly structured hats that have been popular in the mid-20th century. Most have the same basic elements, while they differ in angles and proportions.
Fedoras are one of the classic men’s hats that cross one’s mind firstly. It is an iconic style. Fedoras are usually made of felt with pinched sides and have lengthwise crease down the crown. This gives it a roughly wedge-shaped front, but it can be molded to suit the wearer’s tastes. One of the big advantages of a fedora is its wide and flexible brim, which is one of the reasons for their widespread popularity. The brim of a fedora is flat and can be bent up or down at will. The flexible brim makes the fedora more versatile than stiff styles. Fedoras have stood the test of time. From being the choice for gangsters in the 1920s and 1950s, they have become a hipster staple item in the 21st century.
A trilby is a short, angular hat with the same crown shape of a fedora, but the back is shorter than the front, creating an angle. The trilby can be worn with the brim snapped downward in front and upward in back to give the impression of a narrow angle at the back of the hat. Although people are often confused with fedoras, the trilby has a smaller brim and taller crown than the fedora. The style dates back to the early 20th century, but it saw a revival as a youth style, especially in music culture.
- Bucket Hat
Bucket hats have gone from a humble fisherman’s hat to downright cool style. The bucket hat usually is made of heavy-duty cotton fabrics such as denim and canvas, or wool blends like tweed. The material also can be nylon or polyester which is durable and lightweight. Bucket hats feature wide and downward-sloping brims, which resembles an inverted bucket. They are favored by hipsters, celebrities as well as outdoor enthusiasts.
- Top Hat
The only modern use for the top hat is to pair it with a morning dress or white tie. Morning dress is the formal dress code for the daytime, with men usually opting for a dark grey top hat during the day and a black hat for a white tie worn at night. Unless you happen to attend a lot of formal events, or your job requires you to wear a top hat, it’s unnecessary to buy such a hat.