are you ready for the MAN HAT?

[ 0 ] June 29, 2012 |

Contrary to popular belief, Mad Men’s Don Draper did not invent the concept of wearing a hat. But thankfully for those of us that enjoy a little style, he’s certainly had a hand in repopularizing it.

When Men Were Men – Not a Naked Head in Sight

Back in the day, everyone wore a proper hat. We’re not talking about the ubiquitous baseball caps of today, either, I mean proper Man Hats. Everyone from the paperboy to the Boss covered their head when they were out and about, so the question is, are you man enough for the man hat?

Of course you are. Let’s take a look at some of the classic hat styles appearing on sharp-dressed men today.

The Fedora

There are subtle differences in shape between the Trilby, Homborg and Classic. The current trend leans toward these smaller hybrids.


From left to right: The Gain Fedora by Brixton$34.95 at Karmaloop; The London Plaid by Coal – $24.95 at Karmaloop; The Clarence by Vans - $15.95 at KarmaloopNote: enter coupon code ALLNEW and receive 15% off and free shipping on orders over $100 at Karmaloop!

The Straw

Perfect for summer, the straw hat – while still a Fedora – follows the Classic shape with a wider, flatter brim. Pair it with a white suit and questionable South American business dealings.


From left to right: The Salem by Bailey of Hollywood$52.95 at; Classic Fedora by Pantropic$61.95 at; Roll Up 22700 by Bailey of Hollywood$84.95 at Shoebuy.comNote: use coupon code FABSAVINGS10 to get 10% off your order at!

The Gatsby

Not just for newsies anymore! Look for the po’boy cap (and the boater shown below right) in the upcoming blockbuster ‘Gatsby’. Get yours now before everyone else does.


From left to right: The Dunlop Cap by Iron and Resin$27.00 at Karmaloop; Newsboy 6013 by Henschel$36.45 at; CHS91 Boater by Christys’$74.95 at

The excellent thing about most of these hats is that you can dress them up or down. Slip on a pair of Ray Bans to and a band shirt and presto! Hipster! But put on your finest duds and the fedora adds vintage class. Even better, let your girl borrow it and see her in a whole new light.

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