If you’re going to wear a fedora, here’s how
Whether you want to add a fedora to your collection of chapeaus is one of the more difficult questions hat-wearers will ask themselves at one time or another. For most, the quick answer is an emphatic, “no.” However, in the 1940s, fedoras were the standard for casual wear and a necessary accessory for formal occasions. Since then, their appeal has dwindled and then resurfaced due to the efforts of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and his contemporaries – particularly Justin Timberlake. By using the fedora as a key accessory in their dances, Michael and JT were able to imbue the fedora with swagger and poise. It also doesn’t hurt that fedoras are a staple for Hollywood’s hardened private eyes and Tommy gun toting gangsters.
With so much immediate appeal in an easy to wear cap, it’s no wonder fedoras are so popular with Bro-culture. Modern cheap fedora hats lack the classic cool of the 1950s, though. Instead, they usually have a shorter brim and feature a simple plaid or houndstooth pattern. As casual wear, they are perfectly functional, but if your intent is to espouse the classic cool of the fedora, then you should seek out a simpler design.
A neutral colored fedora is your best bet, and the ideal outfit is a full on suit. Fedoras are the ideal accessory for formal occasions – you can add quite an accent coupling a white fedora and scarf with a black or pinstriped suit. For more casual occasions, a fedora is a great match with a gray or brown suit. The most casual you should ever be with a men’s fedora hat is when wearing a dress shirt and vest, a la Justin Timberlake or Ne-Yo. One of the most important things to mention when imitating a celebrity’s style is that they bring poise and swagger to their outfit – not the other way around. If you can do the same, then you’ll be fine out there.