Taking a Style Cue from Number 42

On April 15, 1947, exactly 66 years ago, Jackie became the first African-American player in Major League Baseball history. As a player for the Brooklyn Dodgers, he faced continual racial discrimination from fellow players and fans, despite being named the 1947 “Rookie of the Year” and the 1949 “Most Valuable Player” by the National League. Still, Jackie persevered, and 50 years later, his jersey number (42) was retired from Major League Baseball.

Jackie Robinson Movie: 1940s-style Hats To celebrate this important day in history and the release of 42 — the popular new film about the player — we’d like to give Jackie a Fedoras-style salute. Check out Jackie’s inspirational story by browsing these images from 42, and be sure to tip your hat to the 1940s toppers featured in the movie!

Looking for your own version of the hats worn by Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman, and the rest of the cast? Click on the hats below the images for more information.

Jackie Robinson Movie: 1940s-style Hats

 Scala Grade 3 Panama Snap Brim Fedora

Jackie Robinson Movie: 1940s-style Hats

Stetson Drury Fashion Collection Fur Felt Fedora HatBailey of Hollywood Brooks Panama

Jackie Robinson Movie: 1940s-style Hats

Stetson Rector Cotton Baseball Cap

Jackie Robinson Movie: 1940s-style Hats

Stetson Pisa Cashmere Blend Fedora

Hats Inspired by Jackie Robinson Movie

Betmar Balsa Wool Cloche | Betmar Opal Wool Cloche 

Hats Inspired by Jackie Robinson Movie

Stetson Inwood Fur Felt Fedora Hat | Stetson Chatham Teardrop Crown Fedora

1940s Hats from Jackie Robinson Movie

Bailey of Hollywood Curtis Indy Fedora

Jackie Robinson Movie: 1940s-style Hats

Hills of New Zealand Style #880 Tech Flap Cap | Bailey of Hollywood Cashlux Hoxton Fedora

Jackie Robinson Movie: 1940s-style Hats

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Image sources: imdb.com

Worst Dressed? No Way!

If you’re a regular follower of the blog, you know we like to talk fashion, be it seasonal trends or hat etiquette. So when our hometown of Indianapolis was ranked 10th on a list of “worst-dressed” cities, we took umbrage — to say the least.

Yes, we do think Indy dresses well, which is why we’re setting out to prove we know Hoosiers — both men and women — who have style. Our friends at The Indianapolis Star have asked for photo proof. Challenge accepted!

From trending looks to toppers for all seasons, our Fedoras.com style team is the epitome of well-dressed. See for yourself:

We know it’s not just our crew representing Indy well. In May, we’ll be attending Hats Off! at the IMA, where we fully expect to meet other discerning dressers who call this town home.

What about your city? Is your town fashion-forward or fashion-ignorant?

Must-Have Hats for Spring

If you’re anything like us, you’re ready to trade in your parkas and boots for shorts and sandals. While it may still be a bit early to pack up our entire winter wardrobe, the days are getting longer, and (fingers crossed) warmer weather is right around the corner. To help you prep your closet for the sunny days ahead, we’ve compiled the top tips and trends of the season in our Spring Style Guide and selected a few of our first-round hat picks for you to try. Now, if only Mother Nature would cooperate…

straw hats for spring

Teardrop Stingy Fedora Vented Pinch Fedora Mesa Straw Fedora Stingy Vented Fedora

Looking for more? You can check out all of our spring styles here!

Mad Men Hats

No Mad Men look is complete without the proper topper! We polled our favorite fashion bloggers and Fedoras.com hat afficiandos to compile a collection of hats suited for every Mad Men character’s style. Whether you consider yourself a Betty or a Roger, you’re sure to find a hat to don (pun intended) for every occasion.

Click through the hats below for complete details on each style.

Mad Men hats

Bailey of Hollywood Gangster Wool Felt Capone Style Dobbs Fur Felt Jet 707 Stetson Benchley 100% Beaver Felt Fedora Hat Stitch Hats Dougie Stingy Brim Porkpie Dobbs Main Street Wool Felt Woodmere Cov-Ver Wool Felt Center Dent Fedora Stetson Inwood Fur Felt Fedora Hat  Frank Sinatra Got You Under My Skin Fedora Stetson Pisa Cashmere Blend Fedora Stitch Hats Daisy Straw Garbo Hat Betmar Opal Wool Cloche Stitch Hats Iris Toyo Straw Garbo Hat Kangol Heritage Lite Felt Diva Kangol Animal Print Cloche Betmar Balsa Wool Cloche Betmar Lapis Wool Cloche Scala Hand Made Authentic French Basque Beret Betmar Pine Wool Cloche Betmar Alexandrite Wool Cloche Cov-ver Wide Brim Resort Hat Betmar Obsidian Knit Hat

Special thanks to Tim of Stay Classic,  Sean of *fruitpunch, Crystal of Billie Jean, Sue of Sewin’ Steady, Leea of Vintage Follies, Joanne of Stitch and Witter, Pauline of Dessine-moi un bouton, and Julie Bobbin of JuliaBobbin for helping select each style!

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Ladies: Tip Your Hat to Spring

Fedoras.com is honored to welcome Christy Pastore from Fashion Wrap Up for a special guest post on the best women’s hats of the season. Ladies, read on for her top runway picks!

Hats are generally thought of, for most women anyway, as a way to fix a bad hair day. Consider this: Wear a hat because you really want to and because it matches your outfit.

Wait. What did she just say? Yes, that’s right. Hats are timeless — they can be worn anytime! Hats and headpieces were seen all over the runways for Spring/Summer 2013, from New York to Milan. Here are a few headwear trends to consider for the spring season:

Spring Trend Watch: Oraganic raffia bucket hat

While Rachel Zoe’s overall clothing collection for S/S 2013 was less than lackluster, her styling was outstanding. From her spin on the classic fedora to her sporty raffia newsboy caps, Rachel featured plenty of hats in her collection. Rag and Bone and Organic by John Patrick also got in on the raffia hat trend for spring and summer. Rag and Bone showcased sporty caps using the textured material, while Organic by John Patrick opted for casual bucket hats. Whether you’re setting out for an afternoon of sailing, playing a round of golf, or hitting up your local farmer’s market, consider the raffia hat as your accessory of choice.

(Try a Fedoras.com-inspired raffia here!)

Spring Trend Watch: Marc Jacobs Turban Hat

Marc Jacobs, Rebecca Minkoff, and Dolce & Gabbana helped spur the return of two headpiece trends for spring — the turban and the bandana. These designers reinvented the two stylish head wraps with a modern twist. I personally think that turbans are glamorous! In the 1930s, turbans were often associated with well-educated and well-traveled women — just think of film icon Greta Garbo. Possibly one of the most famous turbans worn in film history was Lana Turner in the 1946 film, The Postman Always Rings Twice. However, it wasn’t until the 1970s when women began to wear the turban as more of a hat rather than as a head wrap, letting their long, sleek tresses hang loose. In 1973, Barbara Streisand channeled Garbo at the premiere of The Way We Were, pairing a turban with her fabulous fur coat.

(Try a Fedoras.com-inspired turban here!)

Spring Trend Watch: Dolce & Gabanna Headwrap Bandana

Rebecca Minkoff accessorized a matching bandana that coordinated a very streamlined, fluid ensemble — without being overly matchy-matchy — for a striking, sporty-casual style. Bandanas do not need to be worn by women “Bret Michaels-style” all the time; they can be worn very girly and chic in a tousled updo. The runway models’ hair at the Dolce & Gabbana show were styled in a manner where a big bandana was worn covering some part of their foreheads but still showcased a messy bun. The models wore bathing suits, sun dresses, and elegant cocktail dresses, all while sporting the colorfully-printed bandanas. Turbans and bandanas are perfect for a day at the beach or pool, but also transition easily to a no-fuss evening look.

(Try a Fedoras.com-inspired beach hat with bandana sash here!)

Spring Trend Watch: Peter Som veil hat covering

Peter Som and Jason Wu took a more formal approach for spring headwear using netted face veils, often referred to as birdcage veils to create feminine, mysterious looks. While birdcage veils are seen mostly worn on brides for their weddings, they are appropriate for cocktail and black-tie events, or if you want to add a dash of pizazz to your look. Dita Von Teese attended the Alexis Mabille Haute Couture show in Paris this past January wearing a birdcage veil, and was immediately put on the trend watch list by fashionistas. I say embrace this trend and consider trying it for a date night or a girl’s night out.

Which of these hat trends are you trying this spring?

 

Thanks again to Christy for sharing her spring hat expertise with us! For more on Fashion Wrap Up, be sure to follow her on Twitter.

Mad Men Style: Roger Sterling

Mad Men Modern Style: Roger Sterling

Notorious womanizer and excessive drinker, Roger Sterling never fails to bring on the wisecracks and the charm. When it comes to style, Roger always pulls of an impeccable, old fashioned, bon vivant style, that’s also a tad playful — he’ll throw on a polka-dotted tie for kicks or add a couple more peaks in his pocket square. Roger stays true to his double-breasted jackets, three-piece suits (don’t forget the vest), and consistent love for a good grey suit.

In search of a modern take on Roger’s attire? We’ve asked men’s style bloggers Sean of *fruitpunch, Dan of TSBmen,  Tim of Stay Classic, and Kiyoshi of The Silentist to share their best Sterling style and answer a few questions:

Click through the pictures for more on each man’s style.

Mad Men Inspired Style: Roger SterlingMad Men Inspired Style: Roger Sterling

What do you love about vintage style?

Sean: “I love vintage style because I love clothing with a story — preferably not a prefabricated one. My passion is for garments with integrity and purpose that stand the test of time. I love vintage style for its continued relevance to the way we dress today and the inspiring ways that older silhouettes and fabrications inform current designers and trends.”

Tim: “I am interested in vintage style because before the ’70s, people basically wore suits and nice dresses most of the time. You didn’t need an excuse to ‘get dressed up’ to go out, you just did it. The whole time period seemed more elegant and thoughtful.”

Mad Men Inspired Style: Roger SterlingModern Mad Men Style: Roger Sterling

What is your favorite cocktail or beverage?

Sean: “My favorite cocktail is red wine. ;)”

Tim: “I am a fan of gin and whisky-based drinks. Your basic gin and tonic is fine with me, and I appreciate an Old Fashioned or scotch/bourbon/rye on the rocks.”

Find a gin and tonic recipe and more in our Mad Men Beverage Guide!

Mad Men Don Draper Style

Mad Men Don Draper Style

What do you think is our most Roger-worthy hat?

Roger Sterling inspired hats

Stetson Inwood Fur Felt Fedora Hat Frank Sinatra Got You Under My Skin Fedora Stetson Pisa Cashmere Blend Fedora

Tim: “The Stetson Pisa Cashmere Fedora.”

Sean: “The Frank Sinatra Fedora.”

Fedoras.com Team: The Stetson Inwood Felt Fedora.

A special thanks to Tim, Dan, Sean, and Kiyoshi for sharing their photos and chatting with us!

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Mad Men Style: Pete Campbell

Mad Men Modern Style Pete Campbell

Spiteful, immature, cold, impulsive, slimey, self-centered — whatever you want to call Pete Campbell, he’s probably not your favorite character. Although he might not exactly have the greatest intentions on the show, he certainly dresses with intention. Pete’s got the whole prep-school brat down pat: blue suits; striped, skinny ties;  suspenders; navys and greens. Pete keeps a youthful appearance by playing with plaids and prints on his suit jackets and shirts, as well as emulating Don’s style by throwing a few grey and brown suits into the mix.

In search of a modern take on Pete’s attire? We’ve asked men’s style bloggers Sean of *fruitpunch, Tim of Stay Classic, and Kiyoshi of The Silentist to share their best Campbell style and answer a few questions:

Click through the pictures for more on each man’s style.

Pete Campbell Mad Men Style Pete Campbell Mad Men Style

Mad Men Modern Style: Don Draper

What do you love about vintage style?

Sean: “I love vintage style because I love clothing with a story — preferably not a prefabricated one. My passion is for garments with integrity and purpose that stand the test of time. I love vintage style for its continued relevance to the way we dress today and the inspiring ways that older silhouettes and fabrications inform current designers and trends.”

Tim: “I am interested in vintage style because before the ’70s, people basically wore suits and nice dresses most of the time. You didn’t need an excuse to ‘get dressed up’ to go out, you just did it. The whole time period seemed more elegant and thoughtful.”

professional Pete Campbell look Pete Campbell inspired suit

What is your favorite cocktail or beverage?

Sean: “My favorite cocktail is red wine. ;)”

Tim: “I am a fan of gin and whisky-based drinks. Your basic gin and tonic is fine with me, and I appreciate an Old Fashioned or scotch/bourbon/rye on the rocks.”

Find a gin and tonic recipe and more in our Mad Men Beverage Guide!

Casual Pete Campbell lookMad Men Style: Dress Like Pete Campbell

What do you think is our most Pete-worthy hat?

Pete Campbell inspired hats

Stitch Hats Dougie Stingy Brim Porkpie Dobbs Main Street Wool Felt Woodmere Cov-Ver Wool Felt Center Dent Fedora

Tim: “The Stitch Hats Dougie Stingy Brim Porkpie.”

Sean: “The Dobbs Main Street Wool Felt Woodmere.”

Fedoras.com Team: The Cov-Ver Wool Felt Center Dent Fedora.

 

A special thanks to Tim, Sean, and Kiyoshi for sharing their photos and chatting with us!

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Mad Men Style: Megan Draper

Megan Draper-Inspired Fashion

Though she started as the front desk receptionist, Megan Draper‘s striking beauty, smart attitude, and fashion-forward attire have helped her blossom on the show (her sultry rendition of “Zou Bisou Bisou” might’ve helped, too). Since becoming Mrs. Don Draper, Megan certainly looks every bit the ’60s style star, sporting high hemlines, vivid frocks, groovy prints, and mod hair and makeup.

Need some real life Megan inspiration? We’ve enlisted fashion bloggers Crystal of Billie Jean, Pauline of Dessine-moi un bouton, and Julie Bobbin of JuliaBobbin to show off their best Megan attire and answer a few questions:

Click through the pictures for more on each lady’s look.

Megan Draper Inspired Style: Crystal of Billie Jean

What do you love about vintage style?

Crystal: “I love the feeling I get whenever I put on a vintage dress or top off my outfit with the perfect ’50s style hat. And, of course, whenever I put on a red lip and fancy red nails. Women from ‘back then’ were polished and very put together. I love that modern times have allowed women to be more relaxed (thank you Katherine Hepburn) with their wardrobe, but I can appreciate the times when women really put a lot of effort into getting ready for the day. Ya know, with the perfectly curled hair, manicure, stockings, hat, heels, and dress. What I miss mostly is that both men and women don’t really wear hats anymore! Ah, it kills me!

Whenever my style of the day is vintage-inspired, I automatically feel like I have stepped back in time. It is the closest way for me to feel as though I am living in the ’40s or ’50s (my all-time dream)…or even the ’60s or ’70s! I really have no clue what my favorite decade is. That is a very difficult choice! Vintage style is the epitome of class. Vintage style also helps me feel close to my grandmothers who have passed on. I have tons and tons of pieces from their closest. I love and cherish everything I have inherited from them! Being handed down items from my grandmother on my dad’s side has brought me closer to my grandfather. I think he really appreciates the fact that I love my grandmother’s ‘old gold.’ He knows that the trinkets he has given me are being well taken care of.”

Pauline: “I do not own a lot of vintage clothes, mostly bags and hats, but most of what I sew is vintage reproduction or with a retro inspiration. I am especially in love with the ’50s and ’60s fashions, which for me represent femininity, seduction, and it’s so full of colours and patterns. Dressing (and sewing my own clothes) in that style is a way for me to show my personality and originality.”

Julie: “I love how vintage styles celebrate the feminine form and accentuate a woman’s shape. The style makes you feel beautiful, polished, sexy, and confident, but without showing too much flesh. It’s subtle but powerful and makes you feel like a woman.”

Megan Draper Inspired Style: Pauline

Megan Draper Inspired Style: Crystal of Billie Jean

What is your favorite cocktail or beverage?

Crystal: “I have to be honest with this answer! When it really comes down to it, I totally am a girl who prefers beer over wine or liquor! Ah, I know! I think that’s probably because I’m from Texas? I might have a little more ‘country’ in me than I thought? Who knows? I’m very girly and prissy when it comes to my clothes, but with my choice of drink, I’m a bit more down to earth. I don’t always drink beer, though. I have a sweet, little ole cocktail every now and then, and when I do, it is a Pimm’s Cup. I was actually down in New Orleans at the fabulous Carousel Bar & one of the few cocktails they had listed on their menu was a Pimm’s Cup. I totally went out on a limb and ordered it, expecting to not like it. I was instantly hooked. Also, when I was watching one of my favorite shows, Boardwalk Empire, Pimm’s Cup is a drink they have on a few of the episodes. A very classy, old school drink that must be tried by any and all ‘past time’ enthusiasts.”

Pauline: “I am going to disappoint you, as my favourite beverage is tea and not a sophisticated cocktail. I have an entire cupboard full of tea boxes, teapots, and cups. My favourite one is Pu Erh, a red tea from China and quite strong. I drink tea at all time during the day, and there’s always a teapot full in the kitchen or in the living room.”

Julie: “A Long Island Iced Tea! It’s sweet, sour, refreshing, and from the home of Mad Men — New York!”

Find recipes for the Long Island Iced Tea, Pimm’s Cup, and more in our Mad Men Beverage Guide!

Megan Draper Inspired Style: JulieMegan Draper Yellow Dress Inspiration

What do you think is our most Megan-worthy hat?

Megan Draper inspired hats

Betmar Alexandrite Wool Cloche Cov-ver Wide Brim Resort Hat Betmar Obsidian Knit Hat

Crystal: “I have chosen the green Betmar Alexandrite Wool Cloche hat. Seeing as how Megan is dark-haired, like me, I think emerald green or any shade of green looks great on brunettes. Dark hair, porcelain skin, and a red lip is a flawless, iconic vintage look. Also, a very, very close runner-up (possibly a tie between the two) is the blue Betmar Obsidian Knit hat. I think a turban-inspired hat is another iconic vintage look. I can’t even count how many fabulous and famous Hollywood actresses have rocked this style of hat. They are the bees knees! Or better yet, they are the cat’s pajamas! Swoon.”

Pauline: “As the free spirit she is, Megan would wear the Cov-ver Wide Brim Resort Hat. That could be on a holiday with Don (I think the new season is supposed to start with a scene like that). Megan would make a great hippie during the ’70s with that hat.”

Julia: “The Betmar Balsa Wool Cloche.”

A special thanks to Crystal, Pauline, and Julie for chatting with us!

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Mad Men Style: Peggy Olson

Peggy Olson Mad Men Style Inspiration

Innocent, determined Peggy Olson has made quite the fashion — and career — transformation throughout the Mad Men series. Since arriving at Sterling Cooper as a scared girl with spaced-out bangs, uptight curls, and frumpy silhouettes, Peggy has grown into a mature, strong-willed woman with tailored dresses and suits, ladylike toppers, and coiffed ‘dos.

Need some real life Peggy inspiration? We’ve enlisted fashion boggers Fleur of Diary of a Vintage Girl, Joanne of Stitch and Witter, Pauline of Dessine-moi un bouton, and Julie Bobbin of JuliaBobbin to show off their loveliest Peggy attire and answer a few questions:

Click through the pictures for more on each lady’s look.

Real life Peggy Olson Style Inspiration: Fleur McGerr

What do you love about vintage style?

Joanne: “What’s not to like? Vintage style allows you to not just assemble a totally unique look, but you also get to enjoy amazing tailoring and couture details that many high street clothes simply don’t feature anymore. The joy of vintage styling is that you can dial it up or down as you need to — a jaunty ’50s silk scarf with a breton top and boyfriend jeans can look timeless but modern, while a full-on wiggle dress turns vintage glamour up to the max. It’s the most fun you can have with your clothes on!”

Pauline: “I do not own a lot of vintage clothes, mostly bags and hats, but most of what I sew is a vintage reproduction or with a retro inspiration. I am especially in love with the ’50s and ’60s fashion, which for me represent femininity, seduction, and it’s so full of colours and patterns. Dressing (and sewing my own clothes) in that style is a way for me to show my personality and originality. ”

Julie: “I love how vintage styles celebrate the feminine form and accentuate a woman’s shape. The style makes you feel beautiful, polished, sexy, and confident, but without showing too much flesh. It’s subtle but powerful and makes you feel like a woman.”

Real life Peggy Olson Style Inspiration: Joanne of Stitch and WitterReal life Peggy Olson Style Inspiration: Pauline

What is your favorite cocktail or beverage?

Joanne: “It’s got to be a Long Island Iced Tea. Knock me up one of these Highballs, and make it a big one bartender!”

Pauline: “I am going to disappoint you, as my favourite beverage is tea and not a sophisticated cocktail. I have an entire cupboard full of tea boxes, teapots, and cups. My favourite one is Pu Erh, a red tea from China and quite strong. I drink tea at all times during day, and there’s always a teapot full in the kitchen or in the living room.”

Julie: “A Long Island Iced Tea! It’s sweet, sour, refreshing, and from the home of Mad Men — New York!”

Find recipes for the Long Island Iced Tea and more in our Mad Men Beverage Guide!

What do you think is our most Peggy-worthy hat?

Peggy Olson inspired hats

Betmar Lapis Wool Cloche Betmar Pine Wool Cloche French Basque Beret

Joanne: “Although the colour is relatively sober, the Betmar Lapis Wool Cloche suits Peggy’s more serious and professional office style in later seasons, as she rises through the ranks. But it also has a touch of glamour to it with the long brim and the feather, which suits Peggy’s modern but modest style.”

Pauline: “I’d see Peggy in the Betmar Pine Wool Cloche. The dark colour makes it easy to match, but there’s the little flower for a litte touch of originality.”

 Julie: “The French Basque Beret.” 

A special thanks to Fleur, Joanne, Pauline, and Julie for chatting with us!

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Introducing the Spring 2013 Style Guide

style guide for men

Spring 2013 Style Guide for men

Spring is here, and we’re celebrating the arrival of warmer and longer days with the launch of our Spring 2013 Style Guide. Equipped with everything you need to know about looking sharp this spring, the Spring 2013 Guide is your go-to for warm-weather wardrobe must-haves, including the hat of the season and spring’s essential item. Plus, we enlisted the help of Scout Sixteen style guru, Justin, to teach us a thing or two about discovering, embracing, and showing off your personal style. Check it out!

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