“What goes around, comes around” is a saying I’m sure we’ve all heard and I remember hearing it form my parents when it came to style. My father told me afros and bellbottoms would be back and I didn’t beleiev him. Welp, it happened in the 90’s and 2000’s. There’s a huge resurgence of hats and not just any style… it’s the fedora specifically. All over Instagram fedoras are showing up in all styles from formal wear, to street wear to beachwear for both men and women. The fedora arrived on the scene as female hat in 1882 but was later adopted as a staple in the men’s fashion uniform. And now there are tons of hatmakers and brands that want to give you the opportunity to elevate your style with an injection of history with modern takes!
I was first exposed to fedoras when seeing my father and his friends wear them in the summer months to block the sun. I can’t say that I thought they wear cool back then but I can say that my style has changed and matured and I now have a better appreciation for hats as a classy accessory. I talk about my first fedora purchase here while I was in Las Vegas last year here, and these hats have been a great addition and helping me to convey my style.
The style pictured below is called the Blue Life fedora by Goorin Bros (unfortunately it is sold out and here’s an alternative Black and Bleu). This hat has a 4” crown and 3” flat, stiff, raw edge brim with a grosgrain ribbon. The hat is made of a wool felt which makes this hat more “affordable” at $250 as opposed to a $400-$600 beaver or rabbit fur hat.
I honestly had to get used to how this hat fit because I am used to having my hats fit lower on my head but I learned to embrace the shape and height of this crown. This is my first flat brim hat and I’d give the style in general a 4 out of 5 because I am still partial to the snap brim. However, my preference does not take away from how beautiful this hat is. The site pictures do it no justice. The material is a deep black and the dark brown grosgrain ribbon is a great accent that ties in a very complimenting feature.
Here are a few more hat makers that I really like.