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Justin Timberlake: Bringing the Fedora Back

Ladies and gents, he’s done it again. Justin Timberlake is back, and he’s putting pressure on guys everywhere to step up their style game — with a fedora.

In the lyric video for his latest single, JT makes the ladies weak in the knees — and the men jealous — in a laid-back, Panama-style fedora. For a modern take on this classic crooner style, Justin pairs his topper with a lightweight coat and classic aviators.

Justin Timberlake hat

If you’re looking to capture Justin’s smooth signature style, we recommend a hat with a solid, neutral band. A band in a shade like black or brown will stand out and make a statement against a lighter straw hat, without attracting the wrong kind of attention.

Our top picks for a Justin Timberlake-esque hat are the Henschel Toyo Straw Piano Fedora and the Monterey Woven Straw Fedora, but you can shop our entire fedora collection here.

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And for even more celebrity hat-spiration, we recommend checking out the Celebrity Hat Index!

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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!

Mobster Style: Gangster Squad Inspired Hats

Based on the book by Paul Lieberman, Gangster Squad depicts the story of a team of LAPD officers as they try to take back their city from mob king, Mickey Cohen. With a star-studded cast that includes A-list actors like Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, and Ryan Gosling, Gangster Squad embodies the spirit, culture, and fashion of the 1940s.

After you see the film, one thing will be certain — you need the Gangster Squad style. The timeless suits, suspenders, and — of course — fedoras worn by Gosling, Penn, and the gang, make for a sophisticated look that’s considered impeccable, even by today’s standards.

To truly recreate the classic ’40s fashion in the 21st century, we consulted A Tip of the Hat‘s resident fedora experts. From mob bosses to undercover cops, they broke down the flick’s most dapper hats and shared their favorite modern-day equivalents.

Gangster Squad hats

Want to channel all of your favorite fedora-wearing stars? Check out our Celebrity Hat Index for a little inspiration!

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Tips on Going Tailor-Made

It’s a representation of intelligence, high status, and wealth. It symbolizes that you mean business and know what you’re talking about. No, I don’t mean your Yale Law degree on the wall. I’m talking about a tailor-made suit. And even though business attire is changing, a tailor-made suit is still reputable for events like meetings with clients or out-of-office events like weddings.

untailored suit vs tailored

Why go tailor-made? So you end up like the man on the right, not the boy on the left. Photo courtesy of

1. Find a Tailor

This is the most important step in buying a tailor-made suit because quite literally, the tailor makes the suit. To find a skillful tailor, the best thing to do is ask around. Go to business colleagues, friends, or family members who you know have a tailored suit and ask them who makes their suits. Also, according to, most reputable tailors can be found in major department stores or have shops in high-end shopping districts.

tailor fitting jacket

The tailor puts “tailor” in “tailor-made.” Be sure to find a reputable one by asking your friends or coworkers. Photo courtesy of

2. Choosing a Fabric

It’s important to know the difference between an 80 thread count and a super 180. And if you didn’t know, I’m sure you can guess that a super 180 is higher in quality than an 80; the higher the number, the better the quality. Likewise, the higher the number, the more expensive. As put by, “Popular designers use fabrics with a grade of 100s or 110s to cut costs and increase markups.” So, getting a tailor-made suit can mean a higher thread count for a cheaper price than a name-brand suit.

3. Communicate

The measuring portion is when communicating how you like your suits to fit is key. A tailor isn’t a mind reader; if you don’t tell him or her how you like your suits to fit, then they’ll make what he or she thinks is best. So speak up and be clear, but also genuine. There’s no use in arguing with the person who is making your suit.

4. Keep Style in Mind

Finally, in most circumstances, you don’t want to look outdated. Before you go into the store, you should have something in mind, such as two or three buttons or how you’d like the lapels. If you think you’ll have trouble communicating your ideas, take in a picture from a men’s fashion magazine. Also, if you’re not sure about what’s in, talk to the tailor; he’ll tell you what he’s stitched recently or what his other clients have been buying.

Those are the most important steps to keep in mind when going tailor-made. So find a tailor and SUIT UP!

Image sources: Finestitch & Co. , Beyond Bespoke

5 Steps to Your Perfect Everyday Look

Guys, do you find it difficult to look great and stylish? With my tips, being fashionable is easier than ever! My name is Daria, and I’m the blogger at Fashionsurf — and for you, dear man, I wrote this simple recipe that will help you achieve quality, everyday style. Enjoy!

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  1. Wear fitting clothes. This tip is as easy as it sounds; be precise with how your clothes fit. An oversized jumper looks charming on a girl, but no gentleman should ever wear clothes that are too tight or too loose. From blazers to jeans, everything should frame your body correctly — slightly hugging its shape. Never underestimate the power of this rule, and you’ll see your life change. No kidding.
  2. Simplify. Yes, the old saying, “Less is more,” really does work. Again, there’s a chance that a girl can pull off an overloaded outfit, but it’s harder for guys. Just try to avoid mixing clothes with bright logos and putting on too much jewelry. Unless you’re a hip-hop star, of course.
  3. Invest in a flawless pair of shoes. It’s not a myth that ladies quite often judge a man by his shoes. And there’s only one thing you can do about it -– yeah, I’m talking about finding “The Perfect Shoes.” Think something 70% classic, but 30% intriguing and personal. Find shoes that represent YOU.
  4. Have fun. Dear men, you’re supposed to be fearless, and so I dare you to stop being afraid of colors! And prints. These are the key to preventing a boring look. Discover new colors; for example, add some yellow or crimson to your outfit. Be unpredictable. Wear brown tweed trousers with a yellow gingham shirt and a navy blue blazer. There are so many combination to try! Just never mix more than three colors in one outfit, and you’ll look just great.
  5. Accessorize. Statement watches, fancy ties, dapper hats, bold bags, and belts — there’s a lot to choose from.  Go for whatever works for you and expresses your personality the best. Accessories can be also a great way to express your mood or state of mind. And needless to say, they can totally change the outfit and diversify your wardrobe. But beware: quality over quantity. Try to avoid fake leather, plastic, and other cheap materials. They can easily ruin even the greatest look.

That’s it! Remember those simple rules and never forget the most important one: Stay true to who you are. Don’t just dress to impress, dress to express yourself. Being unique is the most stylish and fashionable trend of all time!

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