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5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Fedora Hat for Men

Want to try out the classic and stylish fedora hat? Here’s what you need to know to choose one that you’ll never want to take off.

Looking for an attractive and versatile accessory to add to your wardrobe? Consider a fedora hat for men. With its streamlined design and timeless appeal, a fedora can elevate any outfit. Plus, it’s a compact hat with a small brim, which makes it a great choice for men that are new to the world of hats. But with so many options available, it can be tough to know where to start. Here are five key factors to consider when choosing the perfect fedora hat for you.

Material And Quality

A cheaply made fedora won’t just look bad, it’ll also be uncomfortable. So, consider investing in a hat that’s made by a trustworthy hat maker. Quality makers are typically transparent about their materials and production process. And those that truly believe in their work will often offer a money-back guarantee if their hats don’t last.

A good way to determine quality is by looking at what your hat is made of. Choose a fedora hat made from high-quality materials like wool, felt, or straw. And avoid those that are made of synthetic materials like polyester. 

The material of your fedora hat can make a big difference in both its appearance and durability, so it makes sense to choose materials that fit your needs. Wool and felt are popular choices for cooler weather, as they provide warmth and structure. Straw is a great option for warmer weather, as it is lightweight and breathable. When you pick a well-made hat in a versatile material, you’ll have an accessory that’ll last for years to come.

Find Your Style

Fedoras have a classic look that compliments most nearly any face shape. But, not all are the same. When you’re picking your hat, don’t be afraid to search until you find one that makes you look great and matches your personal style. We’d suggest you consider the shape and size of the brim, as well as the height and shape of the crown.

When choosing a fedora hat, it’s important to consider the style that best suits your face shape. The brim can be wide or narrow, and the crown can be tall or short. For those that have a circular or square face, consider a fedora with a wider brim or a slightly taller crown. This style choice will help your face look more elongated. And if you have an oval or diamond shaped face, try the opposite. A shorter crown and more narrow brim will make these face shapes look more full. It’s also important to consider where you’ll be wearing you hat. If you’re spending time outside, a wider brim can provide more sun protection. But if you’ll be indoors and out, a narrower brim can be more versatile for different occasions.

Beyond picking a design that matches your face shape and usage, explore different versions of the fedora until you find a style that you like. The shape of the crown can vary, from a classic teardrop shape to a more modern flat top. If you prefer a classic resort style, choose a traditional small brimmed fedora. Is laid-back bohemian more up your alley? Pick a pointed crown with a wider brim. And if you like a city-ready look, pick a flat brimmed trilby style fedora. If you're torn, experiment with different styles to find the one that best compliments your features and personal style.

Consider Color

Because your hat is the closest accessory to your face, color means everything. First and foremost, choose a color that compliments your skin tone and wardrobe. If you have a warm skin tone, earthy tones like brown, beige, and olive green will look great on you. If you have a cool skin tone, go for colors like black, gray, and navy blue. If you’re new to the world of hats, you may feel more comfortable in a neutral color. So, start with black, grey white, or brown. But once you’re more comfortable, don’t be afraid to play with brighter tones. Your hat can offer a pop of color to a simple look, take a monochrome outfit to the next level, or complete a colorful ensemble. Remember, a fedora hat is a statement piece, so choose a color that reflects your personal style.

Discover Your Fit

It might sound obvious, but make sure the hat fits comfortably and securely on your head. A hat that is too tight or too loose can be uncomfortable and may not look as stylish as it could. If your hat is too small, it can squeeze your head and even cause a headache. If it’s too loose, it’ll easily fall off. Plus, it’ll slip down your head and look sloppy. When you take the time to find a fedora that fits perfectly, you’ll enjoy a hat that stays on even in gusty weather and is comfortable enough to use all day.

To ensure a comfortable fit, measure your head circumference and choose a hat that matches your size. You can do this by using a soft tape measure and placing it around your head about two inches above your ears. When you try it on, a well-fitting fedora hat should sit comfortably on your head without feeling too tight or too loose. If your hat is slightly too big, use foam sizing strips to fill in the space. 

Consider The Occasion

You won’t want to have something taking up space in your closet that you don’t have a use for. So ensure that the fedora you pick fits the occasion you need it for. 

For formal events or winter occasions, a classic black or gray fedora made of wool or felt is a great choice. For more casual occasions or warm-weather events, a straw or cotton fedora in a lighter color can be a stylish addition to your outfit.

It’s important to note that while fedoras are a versatile style that fits many occasions, it’s always helpful to check the dress code for any event you attend. 

Still searching for the perfect fedora hat for men? Shop the Conner Hats collection of handmade mens fedora hats.
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1 comment

I’m hoping to find a summertime felt fedora to go with my seersucker blue and white striped material with a pure white cotton high waisted trousers. An ivory colour with a neutral versatility colour band will be ideal, and size 57.
Do let me know if you have one?

SH Wong

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