Men's hats can take different shapes and styles. During his golden age betting on one or another style of hat to complement a suit could completely change the meaning of the look.
The hat was a key piece of men's clothing until the late 1950s. Since then it has been used much less, but it remains the most elegant accessory to cover the head. Let's see the different hats for men, as well as the main characteristics of each of them.
Let's start with the most formal of all men's hats: the cup. Associated with the upper class of the XNUMXth and late XNUMXth centuries, it could be made of silk, beaver or felt and they were an essential accessory along with gloves and walking sticks. Also called a top hat, this hat for men could reach different heights, so in addition to providing class, it was also useful for its wearer to see their height increased.
They are hardly used anymore, but top hats are still being made. From the XNUMXth century to the present day, this tall, glossy hat has been reserved exclusively for special occasions. Can currently be seen at Ascot Races and certain weddings. Gray or black, this hat must be worn with a tailcoat or morning suit.
In late 1910, more modern men's city suits appeared, necessitating a new matching hat. The famous Fedora was born. In its classic form, this style of hat has a wider brim, but if there is something important about it, it is that it can take many different forms. In this way, a wide variety of hats can be called Fedora, usually made of felt and with a center pin and ribbon.
Also known as floppy hat, the Trilby (named after George Du Maurier's 1894 novel) was typically made of gray or black felt. Much like the Fedora, although smaller than this, the Trilby has ambassadors the likes of Sean Connery. The actor wore this type of hat in his James Bond movies. Of all the classic men's hats, the trilby it is the most used today. It is usually combined with casual pieces. However, many believe that it should always be worn with a suit and, above all, avoid patterned models.
Rigid and with the wing turned up, the Homburg hat became fashionable thanks to King Edward VII, who discovered it in Germany. Black or navy blue, during the first half of the XNUMXth century it was considered the second most dressed hat, behind the top hat. It was used by prime ministers and heads of government, including Winston Churchill or Anthony Eden, so fond of this type of hat that even a version of the Homburg with a silk-edged brim was named after it.
It is an ecru straw hat. Soft and light, the Panama is an ideal hat for the summer or the beach, as the English and the Americans discovered. Originally from the mountains of Ecuador (where it is called a toquilla straw hat or simply jipijapa), it owes its name to the sailors who stopped in Panama during the gold rush. It can be shaped in different ways, with the Fedora style being the most popular.
It is a stylish hat that also offers you great protection against the sun and heat. When it comes to combining it, the Panama hat is characterized by its great versatility. You can add it to both a summer suit (consider linen or seersucker) and a more relaxed look, for example polo or shirt with mandarin collar on the top, shorts on the bottom and espadrilles or nautical shoes as footwear.
Round and flat on top, the boater shape became fashionable in the mid-1860s. In the 20s and 30s this elegant straw hat was used to complement summer clothing. It has also been part of the uniform of many English schools.
It is an English hat with a rounded shape, usually black. Also called a bowler hat, it was a piece that English businessmen regularly used to give the final touch to their looks. However, most associate him with Charlot, the silent film character created by Charles Chaplin. Already in the second half of the twentieth century it would be part of other iconic costumes, such as that of the series 'The Avengers' or the Stanley Kubrick film, 'A Clockwork Orange'.
Originally from the USA, the cowboy style is one of the most popular men's hats thanks to western movies. It has a high crown and a wide brim. It can be made with different materials, from felt to straw, through leather. It is still used today on ranches in the United States and Canada.