Category Archives: For The Gentleman Sponsors Hats Off! Event

Recently, the team at was lucky enough to attend the second annual Hats Off! Luncheon, an event hosted by The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Fashion Arts Society. The event featured a sneak peek into the IMA’s latest exhibition, Majestic African Textiles; a lecture by Michael Cunningham, author and photographer of Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats; and an awards ceremony with prizes given to the most statement-making guest ensembles. All attendees were encouraged to wear their finest hat attire, so we made sure to dress up in our favorites!

As an official sponsor of the event, we also gave away our very own Stetson Chatham Fedora to one lucky gentleman. Scroll through the pictures from the event below, and let us know what you think about all of the awe-inspiring hats!

Hats Off! Event at IMA

Hats Off! Event at the IMA

The team in our Fedora-wear!

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Sarah dressed up in our very own Wide Brim Straw Hat.

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Whitney’s sporting our Two Tone Wide Brim Hat. Adam’s in our ever-dapper Bailey of Hollywood Fedora.

Hats Off! Event at IMA

Hats Off! Event at IMAHats Off! Event at the IMA

Hats Off! Event at the IMA

The man on the left won the Out of Africa prize for the most Robert Redford-inspired style.

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Yep, that Stetson is ours!

Hats Off! Event at the IMA

Hats Off! Event at the IMA

Classic-looking ladies in classic Derby attire.

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The lucky winner of our Stetson Chatham Fedora!

A special thank you to the IMA Fashion Arts Society for such an incredible time — we’re up for munching and mingling with fellow hat aficionados anytime!

7 New Hat Guides for Spring

Over the last couple of months, the team has been busy researching, cleaning, sizing, and styling our hats in every way possible. Some may call us crazy, but we call it dedication. After all, becoming a master of hats is no easy feat, which is why we’ve created a brand new batch of hat resources just for you!

Click through the images below to view the entire resource.

1. Hat Sizing

Using a tape measure — or a ruler and string — learn our three quick steps to hat sizing, and let our easy-to-follow measurement chart be your guide.

Hat Sizing Chart   Find Your Hat Size

2. Hat Cleaning

From cloth hats to straw toppers, learn the correct way to treat, rinse, wash, and rid your hat of spots and stains.

Hat Cleaning

3. Hat Care

Read our top care commandments for keeping your hat as perfect as the day you bought it.

Hat Care Commandments

4. Hat Etiquette

Yep, there really is a very right — and very wrong — way to wear one, so be sure to keep this list of hat manners handy. We’d like to give a special shoutout to The Art of Manliness, Jessica, Barbara, Emma, Landgirl, Jay, Laura Mae, George, The Emily Post Institute, Sven Raphael Schneider, Andy,, Darla, and Stevie for sharing your hat advice and expertise!

Hat Etiquette Guide

5. Men’s Style Guide

Master the sharpest hat trends, seasonal style essentials, and most coveted looks for spring.

Spring Style guide

6. Kentucky Derby Fashion

Headed to Churchill Downs in a few weeks? Read our men’s guide and women’s guide to looking your absolute best on race day. (You and your date can thank us later.)

Kentucky Derby Fashion for Men

Kentucky Derby Fashion for Women

7. Mad Men Guide

Mad Men Season 6 is in full swing! Looking to dress like your favorite character? With the help of our favorite retro style bloggers, we’ll help you dress the part! Be sure to check out our ’60s-inspired hat guide and beverage guide, too.

Mad Men Style Guide

Like what you see? Be sure to read, print, pin, and share these resources with fellow hat lovers!

How to Drive Stick Shift

how to drive stick shift

Learning to drive a car with a manual transmission has been on your to-do list since you started driving, right? But have you actually gotten around to checking that one off the list? Yeah… didn’t think so. Most people aren’t inclined to buy a stick shift without first knowing how to drive it — but that’s exactly what I did, so I’m letting you in on the top tips that helped me become a better manual driver.

The “Cartly” Gentleman

While women dote on large, lavish closets, men pride themselves on nice, polished bars, and as a respectable man, yourself, it only seems logical that you should have one of your own. You  may not have that dream home with a built-in bar (and a home theater and five car garage) yet, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have an impressive bar cart.

Check out some of these great carts for inspiration and then get out there to find one that suits your fancy!

New Name, New Hat Contest & Giveaway: Welcome to!

You might have noticed that things look a bit different around here. No worries, you’re not seeing things! Since your last visit, The Fedora Store (formerly has merged with to make it easier to access both our retail store and our hat resources in one fell swoop.

Although we’ve made a small switch, we’re still the same trusted hat brand, with the same team and top-notch selection you expect. Only now, while you’re browsing for that one-of-a-kind fedora, you can also easily school yourself in hat creases, celebrity toppers, and gentlemanly fashion, too! So you see, we’re really not that different after all — we’ve just made ourselves even better.

And what better way to celebrate this occasion than with a contest and hat giveaway? New Hat, New Name Contest

Contest Cheat Sheet

Read these pointers for a better chance at the coveted prize!

  • Get in tip-top shape for the competition by reviewing our extensive hat resources.
  • Complete the scavenger hunt by answering a few questions about our site. Answer them here.
  • Further increase your odds by signing up for emails and sharing your favorite hat with @TheFedoraStore on Twitter.

Official Rules

  • In order to be considered an official entry, you must fill out the contest form in its entirety.
  • If you opt for an extra Twitter entry, you must include @TheFedoraStore in your tweet to qualify for extra entry.
  • One lucky grand prize winner will win a Bailey of Hollywood hat of his or her choice.
  • This is a contest. Odds of winning depend on eligible entries received.
  • Please only enter once. Submitting multiple contest forms will not increase your chances of winning.
  • Contest is only open to residents of the United States and Canada.
  • No purchase necessary to enter.
  • Entries will be accepted from Thursday, January 24 through Thursday, January 31, 2013. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on January 31.
  • Grand prize winner will be announced on the blog on Friday, February 1.
  • For any questions, please tweet us @TheFedoraStore or email at

Gift Guide: How To Be a Thoughtful Valentine

Congratulations, you made it through the holiday shopping season with your gal! But now, Valentine’s Day is nearing, and soon the stores will be crowded with cheesy red and pink boxes of candy, roses, and conversation hearts. While it may seem like a good idea to head down the seasonal aisle for gift ideas, it’s important to understand that the perfect gift is a thoughtful gift.

Don’t think you can pull it off? We rounded up some great ideas that are sure to get you a big ol’ hug and kiss from your girl!


  1. Get tickets to a special event – Is your girlfriend’s favorite band coming to town? Is she a huge sports fan? Get her two tickets to her favorite event, and plan to make a special day of it for the two of you!
  2. Make a photobook – You have so many great memories together, why not preserve them forever? If making a scrapbook just seems too girly, you can have a photobook made at nearly any photo center. Upload your photos online, arrange them as you like, and order!
  3. Have personalized jewelry made – Rather than buying her a rhinestone heart necklace from the jewelry counter, have a personalized piece made. Easily and affordably ordered online, you can add engravings, special phrases, dates, or even birthstones. Etsy is a great place to start!
  4. Create a gift basket – Chances are, you can find a Valentine’s themed gift basket complete with a teddy bear, chocolates, and mini balloon that says “I love you” in a snap. Skip this novelty and create your own special gift basket with all of her favorite things! Add a book or CD she’s been wanting, her favorite candy, a candle, bath and body care items, gift cards, something that signifies an inside joke between you two, etc. Your options are nearly limitless!
  5. Give her a day of relaxation – A gift certificate for her hair salon, nail salon, or spa is a great gift. She will look amazing and feel great, and she’ll love that you want to pamper her.
  6. Plan a trip – Now this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go on a multi-day vacation, or even stay overnight, if your budget doesn’t allow for it. Just plan an entire day together to visit a local attraction or maybe even re-visit a few of your favorite “first” locations — like the restaurant where you had your first date or the first movie theater you went to together. Just take pictures and have fun!
  7. Give her flowers – Forget the cliche roses that are dead in just a few days! If you are going to get your leading lady flowers, get her some that are potted or can be planted in the spring. With proper care, these flowers will have a long life, and she will remember this special Valentine’s Day every time she looks at them!

Just keep her interests and likes in mind, as well as the memories and special times that you’ve shared together. Chances are, something extra special will inspire you!

Want more tips on how to buy for your best girl? Check out this post on how to buy gifts for her!

Ps. Check back later this week for a very special announcement and giveaway!

Packing for Men: Five Stylish Essentials

We’ve Got Big News — and You’re Hearing it First!

Later this month, will be merging with  We’ll have the same great content, plus hats to fit any wardrobe. Stay tuned for more updates!

Travelling in style is no longer a novel concept applicable solely to the fairer sex – men are jumping on the bandwagon and making a conscious effort to also present themselves in the best light when they’re out of town. Putting that into consideration, we’ve compiled a list of wardrobe essentials that every man should have in his luggage, whether he’s flying off for a business trip or a weekend getaway.


A good pair of shades is a must-have in every man’s travel bag. Whether it’s to shield your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays or to conceal the fact that you look like a panda after enduring unbearable hours of jetlag, a pair of shades can make you look effortlessly cool. It’s definitely a fashion accessory that marriages functionality and style.


A watch says a lot about you – it implies that you’re responsible and disciplined because you keep track of time, and the specific look you don is a good indicator of your personal style. For the purpose of practicality, wear a watch with multiple time zones. This ensures that you’re not an hour late for an important meeting because you’re not in sync with local time.

Black Blazer

For an instant transformation from casual daywear to semiformal nightwear, just layer your clothes with a blazer. Not only would you score well in the style department, you’ll also stay warm when roaming the streets on a windy night or having dinner at an air-conditioned restaurant. As you don’t want to add unnecessary bulk to your luggage, just bring along one black blazer – it’s easy to match with any outfit.

Leather Sling Bag

More often than not, you’ll need a bag to carry all your essential items when you’re sightseeing at a holiday destination or meeting clients at a café for lunch. Unless you don’t mind looking like a haggard globetrotter with a jam-packed backpack in tow, you’ll want something that is compact and stylish. Try a leather sling bag on for size. It allows for easy accessibility to all of your belongings and the sleek material looks good against a plain t-shirt or sharp suit. Its cross-body strap also discourages snatch thieves from targeting you.

Leather Ankle Boots

Flip-flops are convenient for daily wear and storage in your luggage; but, you also need to prepare for the possibility that you might need more formal footwear during your trip. Black or brown leather ankle boots come highly-recommended because they can be worn with jeans for sightseeing or with formal pants as you conquer the central business district.


About the Author:

Arman is a travel writer at He is Singaporean – born and bred – which means he’s very accustomed to punctuating his sentences with terms like “lah” or “lor” and having roti prata (delightful fried dough typically enjoyed with curry) for breakfast. Follow Arman on Twitter or connect with him on Google+.

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Dress like Neal Caffrey for Less & Don’t Forget the Fedora Hat

Neal Caffrey, of USA’s White Collar, is the king of prime time television style (besides our favorite 1950s ad executive). Matched with his irresistible and sophisticated charm, his style shines forth in a way that no one can ignore. And sure, not everyone can be Neal Caffrey, but with these tips, you can at least mimic his style.

1. The Fitted Suit

Neal Caffrey always sports a fitted suit. This creates a sleek look that accentuates his trim torso and broad shoulders. He plays with pattern and color, wearing everything from solid suits to pin stripes and even a thin, checked pattern to replicate a 1930s-50s look. Navy suits are making a comback right now, so be sure to consider this Caffrey-color as your next suit option.

You might not be able to find a Caffrey-quality fit at a department store, so you should always get your suit tailored to your shape (no matter the cost of the suit). For tips on going to a tailor, check these out.

2. The Dress Shirt

If it doesn’t have a button, he doesn’t have it on. Neal deals particularly with solid and striped dress shirts. (For tips on how to mix and match dress shirts with your suit, be sure to read up on this post.) The up-and-down stripes that Caffrey wears help that sleek look, and he’ll show off his class with traditional solid white. Just like his suits, his shirts are slim fit, too.

To find slim fit shirts for a man on a budget, it’s as easy as a trip to Macy’s. Check out this this shirt for under $30.

3. The Tie

Neal Caffrey has a parade of ties, and each one is paired with the perfect tie clip. (For those of you just diving into the world of tie clips, be sure to read up on how to wear one so you don’t mess it up.) Neal is a classy fella, so no duck, Looney Toons, or American flag prints (unless it’s the Fourth of July). He usually keeps his ties solid or striped (just like his shirts), and they always complement the outfit as a whole.

If you’re looking for an affordable place to find both a tie and clip, we love this site.

4. The Little Things

There’s a lot going on in Neal Caffrey’s wardrobe, and it’s hard to keep up (in a good way). So here are all the small details that matter so much: the watch, pocket square, cuff links, and the seemingly permanent five o’clock shadow.

For an inexpensive watch that you’ll be sure to get compliments on, Target has a great selection between $30-$40, and pocket ties and cufflinks are usually inexpensive. As for the five o’clock shadow, you can get that for free.

5. The Hat

Neal Caffrey inspired fedora for less

Neal Caffrey is one very good reason why fedoras are coming back. He wears them in all colors, from steel gray to sleek black. And lucky for you, we know where to find the perfect topper.

Take a peek at our fedoras, and you’ll definitely have a little Caffrey pep in your step the next time you suit up.

Here are two fedora hats that are very similar:

Henschel Melton Wool Gentleman Fedora Hat


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A Beginner’s Guide to Beer

What exactly is the difference between an ale and a lager, and where does your favorite beer fit on the spectrum? Our comprehensive beer guide breaks down the tastes you love and the labels you’re slightly confused by.

All beers are classified as either ales or lagers. The distinction between the two lies in the type of yeast used to brew the beer, along with the conditions under which each type is brewed. The following graphic explains each type in more detail:

beginner's guide to beer



Our Favorite Posts from 2012

Remember when we taught you how to concoct a manly mixed drink? Or the day we gave you the 411 on what ladies think about your cologne? Or, what about the time we taught you how to do your laundry? It’s been a great year writing A Tip of the Hat since its launch this past March.

Just in case you missed some of our posts along the way, we rounded up some of this year’s most memorable…

A Guy’s Guide to Gift Buying — This is a great one for all of you last-minute shoppers scrambling to get holiday gifts the morning of (or even after-the-fact). Read our tips, and don’t disappoint her again this year.

How to Stock a Bar — Our very first post, this oldie-but-goodie shows you the essential items needed for an at-home bar.

Style File: Don Draper — Who doesn’t want to emulate the always-dapper Don Draper?

Mad Men Inspired Cocktails — Speaking of Don Draper, check out our recipes for Mad Men-inspired cocktails. Learn how to make a Vodka Gimlet, a Brandy Alexander, a Tom Collins, and a Bloody Mary.

Tips on Going Tailor-Made — When it comes to buying a suit, we recommend going tailor-made. Read our tips on finding a tailor, choosing a fabric, communicating with your tailor, and keeping it fresh.

15 Manly Mustaches for Movember — In honor of Movember, we rounded up 15 of the best mustaches of the modern world, from Daniel Day-Lewis to Alex Trebek.

Designing a Bachelor Pad? What You Need to Know — Guys living on your own, take note of our bachelor pad decor ideas. We’ll help you create a classy, yet masculine, space for yourself.

How to Find the Perfect Jeans Cut — We cover all the cuts so you can discover the best jeans for your body type and style. Remember, if your jeans don’t fit correctly, color and style don’t matter.

Four Clever (and Easy) Costumes for Guys — Our Halloween costume ideas revolved around hats (of course) and staples that you probably already have hanging in your closet.

Get Straight with Your Razor — This brief history of shaving will convince you to go get a straight razor shave. By the way, did you know men used to shave with clam shells?

Happy Holidays from A Tip of the Hat!


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