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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

Street Style Roundup: 2013 Fall Hat Preview

While it’s likely that hats played a role in your casual summer look, it’s even more likely that hats will be incorporated into your style as autumn arrives and the weather gets cooler. Each season we look to our favorite male style bloggers to investigate the creative ways they’re incorporating toppers into their looks. Take a gander at these stylish gents and their summer-to-fall attire — hats included, of course!

1. The Baseball Cap

Street Style Roundup: Edward of Edward's Hair

Baseball caps are casual and practical for any time of year, but we like how Edward of Edward’s Hair chose a heavier wool style, as compared to the typical cotton blend. Rather than pairing his cap with a T-shirt and denim, he opted for a striped button-up and khakis. Check out this Dobbs Recycled Ball Cap for a dressier take on the baseball cap!

2. The Pork Pie

Street Style Roundup: Justin of Scout Sixteen

We can always turn to Justin of Scout Sixteen (our Spring 2013 Man of Style) for a unique, hipster vibe. Here he’s paired rolled denim and a plaid shirt with red oxfords and a pork pie. This Kangol Ashton Braid Pork Pie is a close match.

3. The Boater

Street Style Roundup: Adam of I Am Galla

This Gatsby-inspired look by Adam of I Am Galla is ideal for the working man with an eye for style. Again, cuffed denims take the stage (this time in a pale yellow), with a blazer and tie, aviators, and a boater hat similar to the Christys’ of London Hemp Braid Boater Hat. As the season progresses, move away from pastels, and look for pants in darker colors such as rust and oxblood.

4. The Fedora

Street Style Roundup: Lou of Dapper Lou

We love this professional look from Dapper Lou, and we’ve got to say that Lou sure does look dapper! As the season turns from late summer to full-blown fall, you can expect to put on the layers. Simple slacks pair nicely with a belted trench and shirt-and-tie combo. Lou even goes one step further with velvet smoking shoes, a printed scarf, and a fedora like this Henschel Soft Felt Diamond Crown Stingy Brim Fedora Hat.

5. The Fisherman Cap (Beanie)

Street Style Roundup: Justin of Scout Sixteen

While we all appreciate work-appropriate attire, weekend wear is where we can truly express our style. Another great look by Scout Sixteen, Justin looks trendy (not to mention, comfortable) in simple khaki slacks with laced boots, a printed tee, and a knitted cap like the Bailey of Hollywood Riga Fisherman Cap.

Gals in Fedoras: Summer Hat Style

Well, we have good news and bad news. The bad news is that this is our last Gals in Fedoras post. We have had so much fun looking at beautiful ladies in awesome hats, and we’re sad to see our series draw to a close. The good news, though, is that we’re ending with another amazing set of ladies rocking some fabulous hats. Today we’re featuring Kailani of Kailani’s Korner and Rosalyn of My Fancy Pants. Both show off their love for summer attire with airy dresses and the perfect complementary hat.

We’re still in the thick of summer, so read on to learn how to incorporate a hat into your own summer wardrobe!

Kailani of Kailani’s Korner

Gals in Fedoras: Kailani of Kailani's Korner

Where would you wear this look?

Kailani: I would wear this look to a morning brunch with friends or even on a trip to the farmers market.  

What is your favorite way to style hats this season?

Kailani: I love pairing hats with a simple outfit such as jeans and a T-shirt or a casual sundress. I think that hats have the ability to turn an old outfit into a fab one immediately.

Which of our hats best fits your personal style?

Kailani: This question is a tough one, because I am a HUGE hat person. I have an abundant amount, from baseball caps, beanies, and fedoras all the way to newsie caps. But, living in southern California by the beach, I must say that I find myself reaching for wide brim hats that not only make a fashion statement, but keep my face protected while out and about. I am going to have to go with the Raffia Sun Hat with Chiffon Bow.

What is your favorite summer hairstyle?

Kailani: With the warm weather and my long hair, I rotate between a fishtail braid, a top knot, and beachy waves.

Rosalyn of My Fancy Pants

Gals in Fedoras: Rosalyn of My Fancy Pants

Where would you wear this look?

Rosalyn: I would wear this look to a spring lunch/brunch with friends or family.

What is your favorite way to style hats this season?

Rosalyn: I love wearing hats in several ways. When it’s cooler outside, I like floppy, bohemian style hats to pair with a light sweater or simple top. When the weather is warmer, I love Panama style hats to wear with shorts and summer tops as well as with my swimsuit when on the beach. I also love summer straw hats to dress up my swimsuit while lounging by the pool with my kids.

Which of our hats best fits your personal style?

Rosalyn: My top picks are the Two Tone Toyo Wide Brim Hat and the Kangol Heritage Lite Felt Diva. I would wear these all year ’round.

Thank you to Kailani of Kailani’s Korner and Rosalyn of My Fancy Pants for speaking with us! We also want to thank all of our readers for following this series from beginning to end, and to all of the style bloggers who made this series possible. We hope you’ve enjoyed our wonderful gals in fedoras!

Gals in Fedoras: Evening Glam

The daytime can be so hectic with work, running errands, making dinner, and fitting in that workout you’ve sworn to not skip this week. The evening, though … that is your time to shine. And who knows better than Kara of Sprinkles in Springs and Jessica of Here and Now? Whether your evening attire is more casual like Kara’s or more dressed up like Jessica’s, a hat can be a fabulous accessory.

Read on to get some inspiration from these chic ladies!

Kara of Sprinkles in Springs

Gals in Fedoras: Evening Glam

Where did you wear this look?

Kara: I wore this look while running a few errands, before meeting up with friends later that evening. I like that it’s an overall casual outfit that’s really transformed by accessories, one of which being this American Apparel hat.

What is your favorite way to style hats this season?

Kara: I’m looking forward to trying out some new hats. At the top of my wishlist is a straw fedora or a Panama hat in a light color. I’d style it with a flowy dress and some statement jewelry or printed shorts and a breezy, soft Oxford shirt and cute sandals.

Which of our hats best fits your personal style?

Kara: The hat that best fits my personality would have to be a floppy hat like the one I’m wearing. I like how effortless and fun they are and that they’re casual while still making a glamorous statement. You can pair one with heels, vintage jewelry, jeans, and a tee, or go relaxed in a maxi dress covering up a swimsuit. There are so many options on how to style one, taking the material into account (felt, straw, etc).

What is your favorite summer accessory?

Kara: I just got a T3 styling wand, so I’m super excited to get some beachy summer waves going on. They’d look great with my floppy hat! :)

Jessica of Here and Now

Gals in Fedoras: Evening Glam

Where would you wear this look? 

Jessica: I would wear this look on a summer evening spent with friends. In the humid Tennessee summer months, my hair tends to take on a new personality, so a patterned fedora is an easy way to look cute and avoid hot styling tools (which are the LAST things I want to be dealing with!).

What is your favorite way to style hats this season?

Jessica: Oh goodness — hats are one of my favorite accessories right now! I am still transitioning between my love of bohemian felted hats and fall- and spring- ready Panama-style toppers, but new on the scene is a baseball cap that makes a serious fashion statement! I really love the look of a wide-brim Panama hat set back on the head a bit to show off your hair.

Which of our hats best fits your personal style?

Jessica: I would describe my style as classic and feminine, and I would definitely have to go with the Panama hat.

What is your favorite summer hairstyle?

Jessica: Braids! I adore a style that keeps my hair off my neck and can be worn in so many ways. Still trying to master the fishtail braid, but the old-fashioned side braid is my go-to!

Thank you to Kara and Jessica for chatting with us! Be sure to check back for more gals in fedoras!

Gals in Fedoras: Beach Style

It’s summer, it’s warm, and we here in the land-locked state of Indiana sure wish we could get away to some sand and waves. Who doesn’t love the beach? Seagulls, ocean breeze, umbrellas, tanning … ahh, paradise! However, just because you’re at the beach doesn’t mean style gets to take a holiday, too. Sun protection is a must, and what better way to complement your suntan lotion than with a hat? Chelsea Davis of She Said He Said and Amy Webb of Urban Frill know this better than anyone! Classically stylish, Chelsea and Amy don’t mess around at the beach.

Want to get some beach tips for yourself? Read on!

Chelsea of She Said He Said

Gals in Fedoras: Chelsea of She Said He Said

Where would you wear this look?

Chelsea: I would wear this look to the mall or out to lunch with friends. In Cali, shorts, a top, sandals, and a fedora can almost be worn year ’round!

What is your favorite way to style hats this season?

Chelsea: I like to pair my fedoras with a colorful striped maxi dress or a neutral shift dress with wedges. My favorite, though, is to make my hat the focal point by pairing it with boyfriend jeans, a plain T-shirt, and bright lipstick.

Which of our hats best fits your personal style?

Chelsea: Do I have to pick just one? If so, I love the rim on the Stitch Hats Jane Straw Fedora. It’s definitely up my alley. The red pop of color can match my sandals, shorts, or makeup and completes the look. I like the camel color because it goes with either black, white, or brown. The style is perfect, too. I like to tilt the hat a bit for a sassy vibe.

What is your favorite summer food or cocktail?

Chelsea: I love ceviche. It fills you up and tastes delightful on a hot summer day. My cocktail of choice right now is a cucumber martini infused with jalapeño. Seriously, you can never have just one.

Amy of Urban Frill

Gals in Fedoras: Amy of Urban Frill

Where would you wear this look?

Amy: This dress and hat are two of my go-to pieces in the summer. I would wear this look almost anywhere — an afternoon on the beach, lunch at an outdoor cafe, winery-hopping, or a barbecue with friends and family!

What is your favorite way to style hats this season?

Amy: I love to tie a silk scarf around the brim of an oversized floppy hat for a little added detail during a day at the beach. It makes packing for vacation so much easier, too! Just bring one hat and five scarves, and you’ve already got six different looks.

Which of our hats best fits your personal style?

Amy: It’s so hard to pick just one, but I adore the Betmar Maple Wool Floppy Hat. It’s the sort of hat that just goes with everything (great for bad hair days). I especially love the rope detailing.

What is your favorite summer escape?  

Amy: The Outer Banks in North Carolina. I have been going every summer with my family for the past 15 years. It’s the perfect place to unwind, relax, and forget about reality for a week.

Thank you to our lovely ladies, Chelsea and Amy, for talking with us. Be sure to check back soon for more lovely gals sporting hats!

Gals in Fedoras: Caitlin of A Little Dash of Darling

We think Caitlin of A Little Dash of Darling has more than just darling style. With her fierce outfits, bold print-mixing, beautiful photography, and, of course, love of hats, we’re delighted to feature her in our “Gals in Fedoras” series.

Read our interview with Caitlin, learn her must-have summer hat tips, and see how she styled our Kangol Heritage Lite Felt Diva in the picture below!

Gals in Fedoras: Caitlin of A Little Dash of Darling

Describe your personal style and where you draw style inspiration for A Little Dash of Darling.

Caitlin: I would describe my personal style as feminine and classic with a little edge. I love mixing prints and textures for a flirty mix. I like to draw inspiration from everything around me, from the colors in nature to street style. The Internet is also a really great source when you need a shot of inspiration.

What is your favorite way to wear hats this season?

Caitlin: I am loving floppy-brimmed hats and Panama hats this season, which you can see me wearing time and time again on my blog. They make any ensemble look so polished and chic, and they are perfect for protecting my skin!

Gals in Fedoras: Caitlin of A Little Dash of Darling

Whose closet would you hijack?

Caitlin: If I could hijack anyone’s closet, it would definitely be Diane Kruger’s! She is so stylish and always so put together. I just envy her closet full of splurge-worthy staples!

If you had to choose one accessory to take with you on a deserted island, what would it be?

Caitlin: It would, of course, be my wide-brimmed straw hat to protect my skin from those harsh rays! As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned the importance of keeping the sun off of my face.

What topper tip would you give to your girlfriends?

Caitlin: Wear a hat because it makes you feel chic and goes well with your outfit, not just to hide a bad hair day. While hats work great for that, too, they can be the perfect finishing touch to any outfit!

Gals in Fedoras: Caitlin of A Little Dash of Darling

Which of our hats best fits your style?

Caitlin: I love this Panama hat. It’s perfect for a day at the beach here in San Diego, or it would be a great topper to an easy-breezy outfit.

What is your favorite summer escape?

Caitlin: This summer, I am looking forward to my husband’s and my escape to Europe after finishing the California Bar in July. I will definitely be bringing a few hats along to add a finishing touch to my European-chic outfits.

Thank you to Caitlin of A Little Dash of Darling for speaking with us about hats and style! Be sure to check back for more fashionable, hat-wearing gals!

Gals in Fedoras: Shopping Day Attire

Let’s face it: We all stress over what to wear on Shopping Day. Am I too dressy? Am I too casual? Sara of Sara’s Sweet Style and Rose of Dadouchic don’t seem to have that problem. With great accessories (those hats!) and prints, these ladies know how to style the perfect outfit for a day spent shopping with the girls. Check out their looks below, and take away a tip or two!

Sara of Sara’s Sweet Style

Date Night Style: Sara of Sara's Sweet Style

Where would you wear this look?

Sara: I would wear this look while hanging out with my friends for some lunch and shopping. I always love to dress up a little, no matter what. This look is fun, comfortable, and stylish — and that’s what my style is all about!

What is your favorite way to style hats this season?

Sara: My favorite way to style hats this season is with a cute summer dress and some stylish wedges. It’s a nice and effortless look!

Date Night Attire: Sara of Sara's Sweet Style

Which of our hats best fits your personal style?

Sara: I fell in love with the Stitch Hats Rose Fancy Toyo Sun Hat. It’s very feminine and can be styled in many ways.

What is your favorite summer escape?

Sara: My favorite summer escape would have to be the Bahamas! It looks so beautiful and relaxing, and I could see myself having a great time there!

Rose of Dadouchic

Date Night Attire: Rose of Dadouchic

Where would you wear this look?

Rose: I would wear this look to go shopping.

What is your favorite way to style hats this season?

Rose: My favorite way to style hats this season is to pair a floppy hat with a maxi skirt/dress for a bohemian feel. I also pair my fedoras with leather pants/skirts for a casual and edgy look.

Date Night Attire: Rose of Dadouchic

Which of our hats best fits your personal style?

Rose: I would say the Cov-ver Wide Brim Resort Hat. It’s beachy/summery, but yet has that glam touch.

What is your favorite summer food? 

Rose: Sushi!

Thank you to our lovely ladies, Sara and Rose, for speaking with us about their style. Keep your eyes on the Fedoras.com blog for more Gals in Fedoras!

Gals in Fedoras: The Golden Girls of Golden White Decor

Hats don’t have to be just for keeping your ears warm in the winter. Now that warm weather is finally here, the world of fun, fashionable hats is wide open! We’ve rounded up our favorite fashion bloggers working their best hat style, so get ready for some serious summer inspiration.

To kick off our series with a bang, we’re starting with the beautiful ladies of Golden White Decor: best friend pair Lauren and Marika. These girls know how to wear a hat, whether it’s to a casual event, the beach, or a night out. All about California and sunshine, the Golden Girls want you to always be in a sunny state of mind!

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Describe your personal style and where you draw style inspiration from for Golden White Decor.

Lauren & Marika: Our style is best described as European elegance portrayed through our chic yet laid-back California lifestyle. We like to mix boho with prep and believe all women should clothe themselves in class. Our light and airy palate reflects our dreamy state of mind and our goal to inspire the world through our passion. The Golden Girls represent all things golden, and Golden White Decor reflects our sunny disposition and high energy. We are inspired by our surroundings and the light coastal California vibes. We also look for inspiration in our travels. Each city, state, and country has their own take on fashion. Fashion and décor trends are continually evolving, and it is important to keep an open mind. It is also key to look to past trends and how they can be refreshed, revamped, and altered to fit our current lifestyle.

Golden White Decor

What is your favorite way to wear hats this season?

Lauren & Marika: A hat can be paired with just about any outfit! However, our favorite type of hat is a wide brimmed floppy hat! You can dress it down and take it with you to the beach, or you can pair it with a sundress and heels for a more sophisticated look!

Whose closet would you hijack?

Lauren & Marika: Most definitely the Olsen twins! Love their casual, laid-back, yet chic style!

Golden White Decor

If you had to choose one accessory to take with you on a deserted island, what would it be?

Lauren & Marika: Of course a wide brimmed sun hat. ;) Great for UV protection!

What topper tip would you give to your girlfriends?

Lauren & Marika: Accessorize as many outfits as you can with a hat! Hats are a fun, classy, and forever in-style statement piece that give your look that “wow factor”!

Golden White Decor

Which of our hats best fits your style?

Lauren & Marika: The Raffia Hat with the Chiffon Bow. :) So great for spring and summer!

Golden White Decor

What is your favorite summer escape?

Lauren & Marika: A sun-filled day of poolside lounging! Needed: A good book, glass of iced tea, sun hat, and a bowl of watermelon!

Many thanks to the lovely Golden Girls for taking the time to speak with us about their style. Be sure to check back regularly for more featured ladies in hats!

Fedoras.com Sponsors Hats Off! Event

Recently, the team at Fedoras.com 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 Fedoras.com 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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Hats Off! Event at the IMAHats Off! Event at the IMA

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!

Great Gatsby Music: 1920s Playlist

Great Gatsby music

When it comes to throwing an over-the-top, Gatsby-style bash, we know it don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing… music. That’s why we’ve dug through the archives to find the finest jazz and swing tunes to serve as the soundtrack to your 1920s party. From Cole Porter to Glenn Miller and more, we have over 30 Great Gatsby songs cued up and waiting for you. Just press play and swing the night away!

Stream the playlist below or click here to open in Spotify.

And for even more tips on getting your Gatsby party just right, check out our Great Gatsby Guide, complete with tips on dress code, decor, and more!

How to Throw a Gatsby-Themed Party

Great Gatsby Character & Fashion Guide

’20s Toppers: Great Gatsby Hats

  • Sing, Sing, Sing – Benny Goodman
  • Take the “A” Train – Duke Ellington
  • What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  • Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love) – Cole Porter
  • Sugar Foot Stomp – Fletcher Henderson
  • Out of Nowhere – Django Reinhardt & Coleman Hawkins
  • My Blue Heaven – Benny Carter
  • Doctor, Doctor – Max Raabe
  • A Night in Tunisia: Hot Mallets – Coleman Hawkins
  • It Don’t Mean a Thing – Duke Ellington
  • Anything Goes – Cole Porter
  • King of the Bongo Bong – Roy Eldridge
  • Night and Day – Art Tatum
  • Peckin’ – Ben Pollack
  • Let Me Off Uptown – Roy Eldridge
  • They Can’t Take That Away from Me – Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald
  • I Got Rhythm – Don Redman
  • Tidal Wave – Fletcher Henderson
  • Crazy Rhythm – Benny Carter
  • Martha, My Dear – Madeleine Peyroux
  • In The Mood – Glenn Miller
  • The Moon Is Grinnin’ At Me – Ben Pollack
  • Blue Skies – John Kirby
  • Charleston – Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  • I Love My Baby – Josephine Baker
  • Chattanooga Choo Choo – Glenn Miller
  • Chicago – Benny Goodman
  • Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue – Gene Austin
  • You’re The Top – Cole Porter
  • Love Is The Drug – The Bryan Ferry Orchestra

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