New Arrival – Stetson Gambler Seagrass Golf Hat

Say Hello to the Stetson Gambler Golf Hat!

The Stetson Gambler Seagrass Golf Hat

The Stetson Gambler Seagrass Golf Hat

The Coolest Hat for the Hottest Time of Year!

The Stetson Gambler is the perfect hat for the next time that you grab your golf clubs and tee off on a hot, sunny day or for your next summer boat cruise or fishing trip.

This attractive, light weight, sturdy seagrass straw hat from Stetson’s Outdoors Collection has an oval gambler crown that allows for a breeze on a hot day, adorned with a genuine leather band.

Its 3 1/4″ brim is wide enough to keep the sun off of your face and neck while also featuring the special added protection of a durable sun blocking fabric under the front of the brim and the top of the crown that provides UPF 50+ protection on the sunniest of days (as seen below)! At the same time, the elastic cotton sweatband on the interior makes this hat an absolute favorite for all day wearability!

Click the link below to add this affordable hat to your collection for the summer, while its on sale!

 

https://www.fedoras.com/shop-by-hat-brands/stetson-hats/stetson-gambler-seagrass-golf-outdoors-hat.html

 

New Arrival – Stetson Reward Shantung Straw Panama Fedora

You deserve a Reward!

Stetson Reward Panama Fedora Hat

Stetson Reward Panama Fedora Hat

 

Spring is nearing its end and summer is on the way.Thankfully, your friends here at Fedoras.com have just the hat for the season!

The Stetson Reward Shantung Straw Fedora is the perfect hat for a memorable summer day or night out on the town. It’s clean, bright look along with a classic black ribbon band gives it a timeless quality. The Reward has a 4 1/4 teardrop crown and a 2 1/2 snap brim, giving it very balanced shape that is flattering on almost anyone! Made of smooth, sleek Shantung straw, this hat is sturdy and firm, making a great accessory to a casual get together or a formal event. Grab one today to look like a million bucks without having to spend a million bucks!

 

  • 5 Bu Shantung Straw
  • Cotton Sweatband
  • 2-1/2″ Brim
  • 4-1/4″ Crown
  • Firm Finish
  • Imported from Mexico

Click the link below to get your Reward today!

https://www.fedoras.com/shop-by-hat-brands/stetson-hats/stetson-reward-shantung-straw-panama-fedora-hat.html

 

New Arrival – Stetson Airway Panama Safari Hat

New Arrival –
Stetson Airway Panama Safari Hat

 

Stetson Airway Panama Safari Hat

 

Breeze into Summer With The Airway!

 

The Stetson Airway is the PERFECT hat for the summer heat.

Made of genuine Panama straw, the Airway has an open weave to allow for a completely ventilated crown, perfect for letting the breeze in and keeping you cool on a hot day at the beach, out fishing, out on the town, or on the golf course.

It’s 3″ brim with UPF 50+ sun protecting fabric will keep the sun’s harmful rays off of your face and out of your eyes.

The leather chin strap will keep the Airway firmly in place on your head, even on the breeziest days!

  • Brim: 3″
  • Material: Panama Straw
  • Vented Crown
  • Chin Strap
  • UPF 50+

 

Click on the link below to check out the Stetson Airway Panama Safari Hat today

 

Stetson Airway Panama Safari Hat

The Many Hats of Tom Petty

The first real concert I ever went to was outside of Atlanta a couple of decades ago. Tom Petty was the headliner, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget that experience. You grow up with certain songs in your life, and if there was a constant in the 80’s and early 90’s, it was hearing something great by them.

Along with some fantastic songs, Tom Petty had his own unique style. From oversized top hats in Don’t Come Around Here No More, normal top hats in You Got Lucky, to outback hats in You Don’t Know How It Feels, Petty loved to sport hats on the stage and in his own life. Below are some great looks over the years.

Thumbnail Photo by Larry Philpot

Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Statesman Hats

Movies and entertainment have always been a great testing ground for fashion, and we see numerous new looks that emulating the style that we see after various big and small screen debuts. 2017’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a sequel to the surprise 2014 hit Kingsman: The Secret Service . In this installment, we see the titular Kingsman travel to the United States to team up with their American counterparts the Statesman as the Statesman seem to be fond of the Cowboy and Western look.

Despite a great deal of focus on fashion and style in the original, with a Kingsman hideout beneath the Kingsman tailor shop on Savile Row, we didn’t see many hats in the original movie outside of a few ballcaps and flat caps. In the sequel, we see English director Matthew Vaughn dial up the Americana of the Statesman to 11 with a number of stylish cowboy and western hats sported by Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal and even Englishman Colin Firth.

Above we see Channing Tatum sporting a Buffalo Fur Felt Cowboy Hat. We offer the same look in our Bailey Western Lighting 4X Cowboy Hat

Bailey Western Lightning 4X Cowboy Hat

Bailey Western Lightning 4X Cowboy Hat

Check out the video below for the trailer and don’t forget to check out our Cowboy Hat selection to complete your Statesman look.

The Great Hat Comeback

Hats became fashionable for men during the 14th century. At that time, they were used for both formal and casual occasions and were made of several kinds of material, such as velvet, silk, taffeta, beaver fur or felt. Of those options, felt is the modern fabric from which many kinds of men’s hats are made, most notably the fedora. By the time the 1920s rolled around, the fedora all but replaced Great Britain’s one-time favorite, the bowler, when Prince Edward became partial to a more elegant look. However, as wearing apparel changed from decade to decade and became increasingly casual, hats for men lost their appeal—but Hollywood came to the rescue.

Lids for Celebs

Buster Keaton wore his trademark pork pie fedora

Buster Keaton in a pork pie fedora.

Silent film star Buster Keaton wore his trademark pork pie fedoras in many of his pictures, crushing them into a shape that was perfectly flat on top. In the 1940s and ‘50s, heavyweight actors like Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra were wearing fedoras both in real life and in their movies. Moving forward, Harrison Ford’s character, Indiana Jones, performed all manner of death-defying feats wearing his somewhat battered fedora. Today a younger generation of actors and musicians has helped to revive the wearing of good-looking hats, especially the Trilby fedora with its narrow brim that can be turned up all the way around in a jaunty, casual manner.

Making the Right Hat Choice

Depending on your personality and comfort level, there are many styles of men’s hats from which to choose when you decide it’s time to wear something on your head other than a baseball cap turned the wrong way:

  • Fedora: A handsome felt hat with a pinched crown, ribbon band and wide brim that is often angled down in front, giving the wearer an air of mystery and sophistication
  • Trilby Hat: A hat fashioned much like the traditional fedora but with a narrower brim, which makes it sportier and easier to wear with casual outfits
  • Pork Pie: Another form of fedora, the pork pie is so named because of the way the crown is pinched around the edge like the pastry entrée you actually bake
  • Flat Hat: Worn often in Great Britain, this cap is flatter, not as rounded as the newsboy cap, and just a bit more versatile; in leather, it can be worn with dressier attire, for example
  • Homburg: Think Al Pacino in “The Godfather”; a hat worn with suits and even more formal attire
  • Bowler or Derby: The sturdy, prim-looking hat with a rounded look worn for decades in Great Britain and European countries; looks great with a bow tie and dark suit

How to Store Your Hat

The thing to remember is that you want your hat to retain its shape, so when you take it off, set it upside down on its crown. This will keep the brim free so that it will not flatten out. You can also put your hat on a peg, but remember not to leave it there for long or gravity from hanging will cause it to change shape. A hat box is the ideal storage container. Keep it in a cool, dry place and add some cedar chips to the box. Not only do they have a nice, rather masculine scent, but cedar is very helpful in keeping moths away.

Keeping Your Hat Clean

A good hat is an investment, so you will want to keep it in great shape. This begins the moment you remove it from your head: Lift it by the brim, not by the crown. This way, you enable the crown to hold its shape. Keep in mind also, that the oils and dirt from your hands can be transferred to your hat, so handle your new chapeau with clean hands. You can remove loose dirt from your hat with gentle brushing; a horsehair brush is recommended. Dust can be wiped away using a slightly damp cloth. There are professional cleaners that are made for hats, but if your felt fedora suffers a smudge or stain, you might first try cleaning it with the help of a makeup sponge or gum eraser.

See our infographic on How to Clean a Hat.

Feeling Like New

People will definitely take notice when you appear in a good-looking hat or flat cap, and you will feel like a new person. A new fedora or homburg may emphasize your manliness and a pork pie may draw out your playful personality. There are many choices to consider, any of which will put you squarely in the midst of the great hat comeback.

Trilby vs. Fedora

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The explosion various hat-related memes over the past few years have sparked a debate has as to what constitutes a Trilby vs. a Fedora.  The fedora became an endangered species towards the end of the 1960’s, and the styles of the 1970’s signaled its death knell.  There are many conspiracies as to why its popularity declined, from President Kennedy being the first president to not wear one to the automobile being too small for a head to wear a hat. In any case, reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated.  Many people held out and wore hats regardless of the fashion of the day, and since the turn of the century, the fedora has made a reemergence – you see them on professional athletes, musicians, actors, politicians, in style magazines and more.

While the hat’s popularity has reemerged, it seems that general knowledge about hat styles, materials, and more has not yet caught up, and the fedora became universally applied to several styles.  This is unsurprising as many hat styles are very similar, with just small changes to various parts of the hat, either in size, shape, or material.

The memes

            Simply type in “fedora meme” to any search engine, and you’ll be bombarded with hundreds of images, some funny, some cringe-worthy, and some just outright mean (it’s much easier to sit behind a keyboard and make fun of someone than to have the confidence to go out and be yourself, although we recommend pairing hats with appropriate apparel, utility, occasions and grooming).  As these memes started popping up from a variety of forums and image boards commenting on people wearing hats, most were identified as a fedora.  And because one of the most popular internet sports is telling someone they’re wrong, comments began popping up correcting the authors that that the hats in question were actually Trilbys.

The Trilby Shape

featured-hatThe trilby is generally considered a specific type of fedora (much like a square is a specific type of rectangle,) but it definitely stands on its own as a specific type of hat.  A trilby generally has a much smaller brim (sometimes called a “Stingy Brim” fedora), and sometimes a taller crown than your standard fedora.  Like a fedora, the trilby has a hat band, usually a ribbon, but unlike the fedora, the trilby has emerged with many more patterns and colors. The brim of the hat is generally flipped up in the back and down in the front.  So in general, if you see a hat that looks like a fedora, but it has a very small brim, chances are it can be considered a Trilby.

The trilby gets its name from George du Maurier’s 1894 novel Trilby, and specifically from the stage production of the play which used the hat style.

At Fedoras.com, we recommend the trilby for individuals who do not have as broad of shoulders, have a skinnier face, and are tall and lengthy. Musicians of late have really embraced the Trilby such as Pharrell, Jason Mraz, and Bruno Mars.  One of the modern icons of trilby fashion is Justin Timberlake, who seems to pull it off very well about 95% of the time (we’ll just ignore the 2001 all-denim suit and denim trilby).

The Fedora

tn_images-W-321003-CHATHAM-jpg_w320_h253The fedora is more of a classic look with a much wider brim then the trilby, and made of more traditional hat materials such as beaver / rabbit / or wool fur felt or mixtures thereof.  Further confusing the landscape, The Panama (ironically of Ecuadorian origin and popularized during the construction of the Panama Canal) hat is pretty much identical in shape to a fedora, but normally made using varieties of straw.  Fedoras traditionally are more subdued and conservative, with earthy tones and colors, and match best with suits and semi-formal wear.  This is especially true due to the wider-shouldered profile suit and sports jackets create.  Fedoras are not limited to just suits, they also seem to fit archaeologists very well, especially with a leather jacket, a whip.  At least if you’re named Harrison Ford.

What Did We Learn?

That you’re probably just wasting your time trying to correct people online, so why not grow a little confidence, grab your own trilby or fedora and make an adventure offline.

James Bond Hats – Sean Connery

With Spectre rocketing out to a great start in theaters, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the hats in the James Bond movies over the years, starting with Sean Connery.  The movie series started in the early 60’s, and as such many of the styles reflect the period.  It should come as no surprise that many more hats were featured in the movies of the 60’s than in those today.

Sean Connery as James Bond

Sean Connery has sported many hats over the years in his stint in the series.  A brown fedora was present for many of the first five movies, starting immediately with the famous gun-barrel opening credits.  Bond’s fedora has a center dent crown and a fairly short brim, so it may be considered a Trilby style fedora by some.  According to The Suits of James Bond, Lock & Co. Hatters provided the fur felt hat for Dr. No., and possibly the next four movies.

View James Bond’s Hat in Dr. No

The hat itself was a dark grey-brown with a grosgrain ribbon hatband.  Some similar styles that we have are our Stetson Prof Wool Felt Fedora and our Bailey of Hollywood Blixen Litefelt Fedora (minus the feather).

View Bond’s Hat in From Russia With Love

Connery also shows up in a few straw hats throughout his stint, especially in tropical climates.  In Goldfinger, Bond shows up in a darker pinch front fedora hat with a dark grosgrain hat band with contrasting stripes.  In Thunderball, he shows up in a natural color straw pork pie or fedora with a plaid hat band.

View Bond’s Straw Hat in Goldfinger

 

View Bond’s Straw Hat in Thunderball

 

We have a few hats available that match both.  For the Goldfinger look, try our Henschel Firm Straw Gentleman’s Fedora or our Bailey of Hollywood Salem Summer Braid Fedora.  While we couldn’t find a plaid hatband, you can easily make your own and add it to our Bailey of Hollywood Wilshire Braid Fedora or our Coronado Straw Fedora.

Bond can also be seen practicing his chipping into a homburg at one point.

Oddjob

Oddjob is a particularly well known henchman due to his proclivity to throw a razor-edged high-crowned bowler hat.  While we do not have any knife-brimmed hats, we do have a number of bowler hats that will suffice.

View Oddjob’s Hat

Other Hats

A number of other characters show up in hats throughout the movies, such as Goldfinger sporting a fedora and a flat cap, Felix Leiter in a pinstripe fedora and others.

View Felix Leiter in a Fedora

View Goldfinger in a Fedora

Emilio Largo in a fedora in Thunderball

Goldfinger and a Caddy in Flat Caps

Artist Spotlight: Bruno Mars

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Bruno Mars @ Warehouse Live – by Brothers Le – https://www.flickr.com/photos/brothersle/5206858671/

You can’t turn on the radio these days without hearing the familiar bass drop and plucky guitar of “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. While the song was released late in 2014, it’s upbeat, summery-feel, that sounds like it came straight from the playbook of Prince or Stevie Wonder. However, even the ubiquity of “Uptown Funk” doesn’t surpass the thing Bruno Mars has become even more known for in pop-culture: his ever present fedora.
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Artists and music icons usually have an easier time getting away with certain fashion styles, accessories, and headwear – they’re sort of expected to do and wear things outside of the norm. However, Mars effortlessly styles his hats with an array of dressed up and dressed down looks that are achievable by anyone, but it all comes down to having the right hat. Mars seems to prefer traditional fedora shapes in either a front-pinch or center dent crown, with a rather wide brim. Here are a few styles Mars has sported and some options that will get you uptown funk-ing in no time.

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For this brown, fur-felt hat Mars is seen sporting here, we like the Stetson Eagle for it’s simple style, mid-length brim, and ability to wear the brim flat, or upturned.

bruno_1This hat is another front-pinch, teardrop shaped style that sports a bound, rather than raw edge around the brim. The stingy brims on hat such as the Kangol Litefelt Player are generally worn turned up around the head.

 

bruno_4Another staple of Mars growing hat collection is this black, wool-felt hat with plain lines and a center pinch on the front. We like the Dobbs Fur Felt Dayton for its wide-brim and simple, raw-edge brim.

 

 

Jurassic Park Hats

With Jurassic World roaring out to a record box-office weekend, we thought we’d take a look back at some great Jurassic Park hats that have popped up over the years.

1. Dr. Alan Grant (played by Sam Neill).  Dr. Grant is a paleontologist who enjoys hunting for dinosaur bones before being hunted himself.  He sports a variety of hats throughout the series, mostly wider-brimmed fedoras.  Starting off in Jurassic Park, Dr. Grant is shown wearing a custom-made straw fedora, or panama fedora, with most likely a horsehair hat band with tassles.

Dr. Alan Grant’s Straw Hat in Jurassic Park

While we cannot find an exact copy, we do have two hats that are similar, the Stetson Retro Panama Straw Fedora and the Scala Grade 3 Panama C-Crown Hat.

In Jurassic Park III, Dr. Grant opts for an olive green fur felt fedora with a black ribbon hat band.

 


Dr. Grant’s Felt Fedora in Jurassic Park III

The hat is custom-made and looks to be crushable for travel, but we do have a few similar hats, the Christys’ of London Fur Felt Foldaway Fedora in Burma Green and the Stetson Runabout Travel Fur Felt Fedora in Sage Green.

2. John Hammond (played by Richard Attenborough).  Attenborough can be seen in many hats throughout his storied acting career, but as John Hammond he first appears in a stylish wide-straw hat with a wide white hat band and a telescope crown (no pinches).


John Hammond’s Straw Hat

We were able to find one hat fairly close in style to this custom hat, the Dobbs Florentine Milan Braid Bishop Pork Pie.

3. Robert Muldoon (played by Bob Peck).  Muldoon is the park’s game warden in Jurassic Park, and seems to be one of the few employees who realizes the serious danger everyone in the park could be in at a moment’s notice.  Muldoon meets a memorable fate, but is normally seen wearing an outback hat throughout the movie with one side snapped up.

We have found an almost identical hat in our Henschel Cotton Twill Aussie.

4. Others.  There are quite a few other great hats in the movies throughout the years, especially in the original Jurassic Park:

Dr. Ellie Sattler’s Cotton Bucket Hat

Donald Genarro, “The Blood Sucking Lawyer” wearing a classic Panama Fedora

Dennis Nedry’s contact Dodgson wearing a great raffia fedora trying to “blend in”

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