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Put a lid on it: men’s hats for winter

In menswear on 19 June 2009 at 7:12 am
men’s hats
Repeat after me: No More Baseball Caps – unless you’re actually playing baseball, in which case, knock yourself out.
Hats in winter are practical and a good look. A footy beanie might keep your head warm, but footy beanies are strictly for before, during and after the footy.
The rest of the time, you’ll want something with a bit more style. Here are three options.
The fedora. Softly creased front-to-rear through the crown and pinched at the front, the fedora comes in many flavours. Adjust to suit your face. Round face? Go for height and a wider brim. Long face? Shorter crown, wider brim. Keep the brim down at the front and flip it up the back to balance a square face. For winter, look for felted wool, like the Akubra Hampton, pinstriped like the Coal Considered Harwood (above), or be bold with an oversized houndstooth like this Goorin Brothers’ Nico.
The military cap. Peaked and with a flat, circular top, the military or train driver cap is the stylish alternative to baseball and truckers caps. Steer clear of khaki, camouflage and embroidered logos; instead, look for structured, banded fronts and smart detailing.
The flat cap. Despite the whole backwards-Kangol thing, the flat cap is still an option, especially in tweedy checks, herringbone, sober solids or bright and bold. Traditional styles sit high on the head, while the modern cut has more coverage towards the back of the head.

Repeat after me: no more baseball caps – unless you’re actually playing baseball, in which case, knock yourself out.

Hats in winter are practical and a good look. A footy beanie might keep your head warm but they’re strictly for the game. The rest of the time, you’ll want something with more style. Here are three options.

fedora

The modern fedora. Softly creased through the crown and pinched at the front, the fedora comes in many flavours. Adjust to suit your face. Round face? Go for height and a wider brim. Long face? Shorter crown, wider brim. Keep the brim down at the front and flip it up at the back, trilby style, to balance a square face. For winter, look for felted wool, like the Akubra Hampton, pinstriped like Coal Considered’s Harwood (above), or be bold with an oversized houndstooth like Goorin Brothers’ Nico.

military cap

The demilitarized military cap. Peaked and with a flat, circular top, the military or train driver cap is the stylish alternative to baseball and truckers caps. Steer clear of khaki, camouflage and embroidered logos; instead, look for structured, banded fronts and smart detailing.

flat cap

The reorientated flat cap. Despite the whole backwards-Kangol thing, the flat cap is still an option worn the right way around, especially in tweedy checks, herringbone, sober solids or bright and bold. Traditional styles sit high on the head, while the modern cut has more coverage towards the back of the head. Some flat caps come with a press-stud on the peak – don’t undo it unless you want to look like a 19th-century newspaper boy. Which you don’t.

For traditional hats ranges, head to Strand Hatters in Sydney or City Hatters in Melbourne.

For fashion hats, check out SparePartz’ Coal Considered range here.

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