Fedoras: who’s a fan?

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  1. Sparky472

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    I love fedoras, and sometimes I wish I lived in a time when they were a standard part of a man’s wardrobe. But today, very few people can pull it off, IMO, without looking silly or pretentious. I’m not one of those people.
     
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    I have found that Stetsons sometimes run a little large, but not always. I wear a 7 1/4, and am likely just between a 7 1/4 and 7 3/8, so sometime my hats fit a little snug, sometimes a little loose. It mostly depends on the individual hat and its particular shape (I am a long oval 7 1/4, maybe even an extra long oval).

    Biltmore and Stetson are of course brands (now owned by the same parent company) but a Panama hat is a type of straw hat made only in Ecuador and of Toquilla straw. They can run into the thousands of dollars for the finest weaves. They come in different levels of quality and the most expensive one I have cost around $300, which is nice enough for me. Panama hats are sometimes finished in the US, but are always made in Ecuador, otherwise they are not real Panama hats. Many different companies sell them, mine are mostly Biltmores. I haven’t found any high quality panamas from Stetson, though I have seen some mid- to low grade. Perhaps I just never encountered their nice ones. I also have some nice Italian Panamas, from Borsalino and another brand.

    I don’t wear suits anymore, but a nice fedora doesn’t necessarily require a suit, though they almost always will complement one. And of course straw fedoras do not need a suit. The key is to match the outfit to the brim length and hat/band coloring, among other things.
     
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    Black t-shirt, skinny jeans, and vans has long been my daily uniform. Now add the Fedora, very nice.

    My wife said, 'you look like Rocky Balboa.' Not sure if she was referring to young Rocky or old Rocky!
     
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    A valid concern these days, looking pretentious. I advise to avoid trilbies, though other short brim fedoras like pork pies can be quite nice. The use of the trilby should be limited as it can give off a pretentious “hipster” vibe. But on some occasions it may be used, it’s really a judgment call, though when in doubt, avoid it.

    Also avoid anything with an excessively wide brim, except on very sunny days.
     
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    Some of my hats

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    1950s Stetson 7XCB and Stratoliner.

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    9C3DD2C4-7A8E-41D0-89AB-B2133C3A042E.jpeg I was always more of a Stratoliner fan than a Fedora fan. I like Fedoras too, though.
     
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    Stratoliner is a fedora.
     
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    35 yrs ago maybe, when it was a thing.
     
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    I wish I could wear hats but my head shape just doesn't lend itself to it IMO. The only thing that looks decent on me is my extra wide brimmed Stetson, but I only bring her out on special occasions like the KY Derby etc. I'd sure love to style with a nice fedora though.... if I didn't look stupid in them I would for sure. I envy ya'll that can pull off "the look" man!
     
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    I'm a big bowler fan as well.

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    The Trilby is generally regarded as a felt dress hat with a diamond, teardrop, or center crease and a brim of less than 2 inches in width.

     
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    I like hats in general.
    I don't wear them all the time, but I like my strawhats during summer and usually around October/November I start wearing something on my head in general. Be it a cap or a hat.
    Not for all occasions, as you can guess with some of them.......
    But Fedora? Of course.
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    I thought I was the only one who makes a distinction between "caps" and "hats." Thank you KyAnne!
     
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    IMHO, 99% of the time those things just scream "HEY EVERYONE! LOOK AT ME AND MY DESPERATE CRY FOR ATTENTION!"
     
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