After blowing thousands of dollars on Jordan sneakers and clothing I no longer wear; I developed a recent obsession with timeless style. Prior to the 1950s, men never left the house without a hat. No, we’re not talking fitted ball caps or snapbacks, either.
STOP. I know exactly what you’re thinking! When’s the last time you’ve caught me in a hat?! If you ask me, I’ll tell you I’m not in the barbershop every Friday to walk around with a head cover.
The honest answer is, most hats I try on in stores don’t fit my head! I used to wear a size 8 fitted!! I always told myself, I’ll jump on the hat train after I start balding or shave my head. The truth is, I needed stop being lazy and do a little research! Yes, the hat requires a little swagger. You want to look cool and avoid looking like a tool. My guide, is a step in the right direction!
Types of Faces
We ALL love this hat however research shows it’s recommended for:
Short full face- This hat will give your face some height. Tilt it back from your face. Tilting it over your face will make it [your face] appear shorter.
Long thin face- This hat will shorten the appearance of your face. Tilt to the side with a slight back tilt.
Top heavy face- This hat will balance out your top and bottom. Tilt to the side, but not too far back, or you’ll show too much of your wide forehead!
Long nose- This hat will break up the line from the brim to the tip of your nose. Tilt it to the side!
Strong jaw- This hat will balance out your strong chin. Tilt it to the side, but keep it somewhat level.
*Most of this information came via: The Fedora Lounge
The original was made of felt and had a two and a half inch brim (think Indiana Jones). Now, you can find this stylish accessory in straw with a much shorter brim (Fedora pictured above). Grey is a very neutral and popular color.
How to wear it?
Pop this cap on to spice up your jeans and T-shirt, or pair it with a suit to add some extra flair. Some will argue that there are more appropriate hats for casual and formal situations. Just remember this; Thin ribbons (such as the one pictured above) are for casual outfits, and thicker ribbons are designed for more formal settings.
Straw- Ideal for warm weather to keep your head cool.
Fir/Felt- Designed to withstand the elements and protect your head.
-While conversing with someone
-While eating meals (unless seated at the lunch counter at a diner)
-During national anthem
-Inside of buildings (unless in lobby)
-During outdoor weddings
-Inside places of worship
-At funerals and gravesites
-Greeting a male friend (if lady, remove by crown)
-Excusing yourself to a woman or when passing her in a tight space
Why not switch up your normal routine and ditch the snapback. Hats are not only stylish, but functional too. They can hide a bad hair day,(of course I never have those), cover a bald spot/patch or protect you from the weather. Nothing says style, class and sophistication quite like a Fedora. Look, we learned something together. Average Joe, you’ve been informed!
Until Next Monday- Charles Maxwell by: Douglas Morgan Jr