Hats make for the perfect accessory. Depending on the occasion, dress code, season, or formality, some hats are better suited than others. Here are the 12 most common hat styles found in a man’s wardrobe along with some tips on how to wear them as well as other fun facts.
A classic accessory to any ensemble, the fedora was popularized in the Roaring Twenties – one of America’s finest moments. It’s all about your confidence with this one, and the age-old advice from your mother rings true: attitude is everything. But do not fear, this style is maybe the most diverse and easy-to wear of all the styles. Throw on a fresh midnight blue suit and our Polka Dot Tie in Black to look like you just came out of the Prohibition era.
This look is quite similar to the fedora, the biggest difference you’ll notice is that the hat is blocked with two large dimples at the top. The shape of this hat best suits rounder faces because these dimples elongate the face. With a faced down bill, you still have the sophisticated look of the fedora. Rock this hat in a charcoal grey, with a Burberry-style check blazer. Finish off your signature look with our Trendy Skinny Tie by BlackBird in Dark Gray.
Look like you just stepped out of A Clockwork Orange in this Bowler style hat. Vintage, traditional, and simple. Add a feather to the band of your hat to spice up your look in two seconds. Efficiency is key in this day in age. And here’s a fun fact for you: did you know feather placement used to be a way to broadcast if you were romantically available or not? Wearing the feather on the right meant you were taken, and on the left meant you were single. Step out in a matte black suit, our Paisley Bow Tie in Navy, and prepare yourself for a heaping amount of compliments!
The Newsboy Cap:
Bad hair day? This hat has got you covered. The newsboy cap is also an ideal hat to take with you on your travels, as it’s collapsible and painless to throw in your duffel bag when on the go. Suitable for all ages, we think this hat is a good one to wear with a creative print flannel shirt in beige and our Light Tan Mens Necktie. Now you’re looking like a fashion forward gentleman!
The Boater Hat:
Remember the scene in The Great Gatsby with Leonardo DiCaprio in his yellow convertible? That’s right, he was sporting the Boater! Typically made out of straw, the modern version of this hat can be found in many colors, as the trend has caught on. Try this hat out in a sapphire blue. Keep it casual with a chambray button up and our Coral Bow Tie with Blue Accents. You can even throw on some suspenders while you’re at it.
The Cowboy Hat:
The wild, wild west – that’s the first thing that pops into your mind, right? May we suggest our Mens Tie in Dark Sage Green around a crisp oatmeal toned button up. Hop on your horse and ride out into the sunset.
The Ivy Cap:
Well loved by the brilliant actor Brad Pitt, the Ivy Cap is best worn by those who have oval or oblong face shapes. Since the crown is flat, it shortens those of you with longer faces. Brad Pitt likes his bill curved, which can easily be achieved by lightly bending the bill of the cap. Try this look with our Skinny Knit Tie in Modern Purple and wayfarer style sunnies.
Brought to fame by the ever-so-suave Cary Grant, this hat is usually made out of beaver or angora. With a wide contrasting band, this hat will look as sleek as ever when wearing it amongst the winter season’s snowiest days. Just remember to spray your hat with some water repellent first so your fine accessory isn’t damaged by the moisture. The Homburg look, we think, is best kept as traditional as possible: wear this with a tweed suit and our Thinly Waled Black Silk Tie.
This hat is getting more and more trendy and can been seen worn by fellow New Yorkers and San Franciscans. Though this hat dates all the way back to 1830, you can also see it frequenting today’s pop culture. Heisenberg’s signature look is with the pork pie. We think this hat goes best with a marled flannel button up and our Modern Skinny Tie in Brown, Gray, Black. Roll up your denim, throw on some biker boots, and you’re good to go.
This lightweight hat is most commonly worn on a hot summer day. Since the straw that is traditionally used is from Ecuador (it’s made out of a specific straw), this particular material allows the hat to be malleable and flexible. Normally, you can even roll up your Panama and stick it in your back pocket. You can dress this up or down: I’ve seen it worn among powerful business men in Nice and by adventurous safarians down under. To make this an everyday look, pair with some vintage golf pants and our Dark Mocha Brown Silk Tie.
A bit of a magician’s look, this hat is bold and dramatic in it’s curves. Abraham Lincoln was a big fan of this style. You can also see the dashing Robert Pattinson wearing this in scenes of the film Bel Amiand often in high fashion editorials. One of the many ways you can rock this hat is with a timeless tuxedo and our Formal Black Freestyle Bow Tie.
The Ascot Hat gives you a similar look to the Newsboy, but these hats are made by the blocking technique, which gives it more structure. You can stack multiple on top of each other in large hat boxes to keep them dust-free and extra keen looking. Popular among older generations, this hat would make a great gift for grandpa. Go ahead and give grandpa our Paisley Patterned Tie Red and he’ll be set for any occasion to come.
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