Jan
4
2017

The Hat Makes the Man

by Mae Williams for Men's Fashion

Men's Hat StylesHats have been a part of our wardrobe for centuries. Men and women have worn hats for celebratory, decorative or utilitarian purposes. Today, hats are worn to show support of a favorite sports team or to keep warm during the winter months.  Men’s hats are practical, cozy, eternally stylish, functional and a great addition to a men’s wardrobe. It is one type of accessory that most men have in different styles or types to wear in any situation.

 

Pros and Cons of Wearing a Hat

Men wear hats for many reasons from wearing a hat instead of taking the time to work a hair style to showing support for favorite sport, movie or place. Hats are beneficial for protecting the head during both the winter and summer months. In the winter, they protect the head from the cold, keeping body heat “in” instead of letting in cold hair. During the summer and warmer months, hats protect the head and hair from dangerous UV rays. The sun could dry out the hair causing it to fade and could cause sunburn on exposed scalp.

There have been debates for years that wearing a hat will cause baldness. There is a continuing myth that wearing a hat will make you lose hair. Genes have a much bigger role in hair loss than wearing a hat will as it has been found that wearing a hat does not cause major damage to the hair. However, hair can get damaged if you wear a hat so tight that it can cut off circulation for the hair causing it to get greasy at the roots, but dry at the ends and could break If the hair is already in a delicate state due to male pattern baldness. Plus, removing and replacing a hat often could pull or aggravate delicate hair.

Types of Hats

Men’s hats come in all different shapes, sizes and fabrics, but there are a few basic hat styles that have evolved over the decades. Below are a list of just a few of the most popular styles including some of the variations of the traditional styles

Fedora

Fedora Hat

 

 

 

 

 

The fedora has been a part of a stylish man’s wardrobe since the beginning of the 1900’s. The hat’s “heyday” was during the 1920’s to early 1950’s. The fedora can be made from many different materials from straw to felt to leather. A fedora is creased lengthwise down the middle of the crown, then pinched near the front on both sides. The fedora has a flexible brim that can be molded to an individual’s style by snapping down the front of the back. A fedora can come in all colors, but the most versatile fedora comes in shades of brown. There are different types of the fedora including the homburg, trilby and the porkpie. Each of these styles have different brim width and length to give each a distinctive look.

Panama

Panama hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

The panama is a traditional brimmed straw hat similar in shape to a classic fedora. Panama hats were traditionally made in Ecuador from plaited leave of a palm-like plant. The best panama hats could have between 1600 to 2500 weaves in the hat. This hat is worn mostly in warmer climates or during the summer months.

Newsboy

Newsboy Hat

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The newsboy is also called the working man’s cap. This is a flat cap that were extremely popular for men and boys of all classes during the early 1900’s. The hat is still being worn today as an accessory or to “top off” a “look”. The driving cap is a version of the newsboy without the floppy 8 panels and button on top. The driving cap is made of wool, tweed, and cotton. The inside of the driving cap can also be lined for extra comfort or warmth.

Baseball Cap

Baseball Cap

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The baseball cap comes in a variety of styles and material from more formal-looking wool hats to mesh-backed casual looks.  Baseball caps are one of the most popular styles of men’s hats, worn by men throughout the year. Baseball caps can be fitted by head size or can have slots in the back to create the “perfect” fit. The brims of baseball caps can be large, small, flat or bended. It all depends on your style. The front of the hat can be blank, representing a favorite team, city, place or even artist.

Beanie

Beanie Hat

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The beanie has also been around for decades. This style of hat comes in wool, cashmere or cotton. This hat keeps the head and ears warm, but isn’t the best to keep hair in place. The beanie is mostly worn in the cold winter months.

2017 Hat Trends

According to Hatsworks.com, there are some interesting trends for men’s hats in 2017. For cold weather climates hats are important to keep warm, but men still want to be fashionable. Winter hats trends include cuffed wool beanies with patches, nature images knitted into hats and poms on the top. Another trend is retro branding and classic logos on hats to give them a vintage look with thick textured fabrics. Large and small printed plaids or hats with stripes, geometric patterns and generic camouflage are popular for the winter months. For this winter, hats are being made in a variety of durable fabric including wool, corduroy, denim, suede and leather.

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