The Hat Game
When striving for the perfect outfit, there needs to be an attention to detail. Whether it’s the subtle pattern on a pocket square or the inclusion of bracelets to compliment the watch, accessories help emphasize your attention to the finer details of your outfit. And if the accessory can check both form and function boxes, it makes the item more desirable. In the case of the hat, you’re going to fulfill both requirements. But if you’re a casual hat wearer, occasionally committing to the baseball cap, it’s time to graduate to something a bit more chic and classy.
Popular, the Fedora is a timeless hat design that remains a staple in many hat collections. Dating back to the late 1800s, the Fedora owes its fame to Prince Edward, who started wearing them in the 1920s. While it is best used to compliment the suit, the fedora can be used with business casual as well as urban/street wear outfits. Match them with your jacket, shirt or nothing at all. Find a color that works with you and commit to it; the Fedora is made to compliment various setups.
By choosing to wear the Derby (or Bowler), you are inching toward “dandy” territory. Created by British soldier and politician Edward Coke in 1849, the Derby seems like a piece from a Charlie Chaplin Halloween costume. But, this hat is more than that. Much like the Fedora, the Derby is finding its way into the sartorial culture. Thus, it can be worn and matched much like other chic hats; while keeping your hair in check and away from the elements.
Contrary to the name, the Panama finds its origins in Ecuador. While similar in design to the Fedora, it plays a different role. Made for the warmer, summer months, these hats come in lighter fabrics and seasonal colors. Along with the traditional felt material, Panama hats are put together with straw; making it more breathable. So, you’re more than likely to find them paired with seersucker suits in bright, summer hues.
Made famous by the Barbershop Quartet and the recent movie, “The Great Gatsby”, the Boater hat is very similar in purpose to the Panama. Put together with straw, it is often paired with a seersucker suit in spring/summer colors. Adding the Boater hat provides a splash of dandy to any sartorial outfit.
Also called the Flat, Cabbie and Jeff Cap, this hat dates back to the 1500s Europe. Once seen as a “bonnet”, this hat was given the title of cap in the 1700s. The Driver comes in a variety of fabrics; most notably in tweed or wool. It’s another timeless design that goes with many outfits; from urban to bespoke. So whether you’re in a bespoke suit or in denim and boots, the Driver’s Cap will be right at home.