Find the perfect hat for your style
Ever wondered why men don’t wear hats anymore?
If you’re looking at pictures or watching movies set in anything up until the 20th century, you are sure to see a lot of hats. Back then, men wouldn’t ever leave the house without one!
So while various types of hats became popular since the dawn of time for reasons such as protection, fashion, and even illustrating social classes, they gradually became unpopular in the mid-to-late 1900s. The reasons behind this were mainly practical – a regular tale of progression.
Fun fact: One of the most surprising factors that contributed to the decline of hat-wearing was the emergence of cars. Sitting in a car leaves very little room for a hat to fit between your head and the car ceiling. Public transport like horse carriages, trams and trains, on the other hand, offered plenty of space for hats.
Today, when we choose to wear hats, it is a choice based on fashion. And we are here to guide you through some of the most stylish pieces of headgear you could add to your wardrobe.
Fedora and Panama
These two classic hats are our favourites – because of how well they pair with a good old Sebago boat shoe.
In terms of cut, they are the same. The difference comes in the geography and the material. Panama hats originated in Ecuador and are made from a special lightweight and light-coloured straw from the toquilla palm. Their shape can also be altered slightly, unlike the fedora.
The fedora was named after a French play in which Princess Fédora Romanoff, the title role, wore a centre-creased, soft-brimmed hat. After first becoming a popular women’s hat, men like Frank Sinatra eventually hopped on the trend and the rest is history. Fedora hats can be made from a range of different materials, but predominantly from high-quality felt.
Pair with: Summer shirts, shorts or cropped chinos, casual blazers, and the Sebago Portland Jib.
Known as the fedora’s little brother, the trilby was made famous combined with suits and trench coats. It is distinguished from the more-prominent fedora by a shorter, low-angled brim and has seen a resurgence thanks to Bruno Mars.
Pair with: A classic suit and coat, or a more casual jeans and t-shirt layered with a thin jacket or scarf.
The porkpie hat got its name from having a shape so similar to an English pastry. It is a hat for those wanting a slightly more quirky look – adding their own personal style twist to a classic look.
Similar to the trilby, it has a narrow brim, while the difference is that it has a more symmetrical shape up top.
An adaptation of the newsboy cap, this simple, sleek cap can upgrade you from an average Joe to a budding artiste in a flash.
Pair with: A simple chino with a shirt, t-shirt or golf shirt, and the Sebago Docksides Portland.
Not all hats and caps have to be worn as adaptations of the old school. And not all outfits with a baseball cap have to be casual. This once-sporty cap is now something that can be dressed up or down – just add boat shoes!
Pair with: A denim jacket or cardigan and the Sebago Portland Spinnaker.
So why not channel your inner Pharrell Williams and get your hat game one?
Unlock the door to endless style with Sebago.