Section: Building Your Wardrobe - Blog
There usually comes a time in every man’s life when he takes a look in the mirror and wonders why he doesn’t wear a hat with his suit. If old Frank and his buddies could do it, then why the hell can’t you?
Know what? We couldn’t agree more. Call us old fashioned – we’ve been called worse – but if a dress hat is worn right, then it’s a real mark of the man. But it’s a pretty big ‘if’. So before you charge off to your nearest hat maker, there are a few things you should know about wearing your hats correctly.
Ever wondered why those stars of the 50s always manage to look so damn dapper in their Fedoras and Trilbys? Well, that’s because they know their brim from their crown and their band from their taper. They also understand that each of these four components of the modern day dress hat plays a crucial role in making that headpiece look like it was designed for the wearer alone.
As a finishing touch to a custom tailored suit, the dress hat should complement the look rather than take it over. You don’t want the hat to become the sole focus of attention in your outfit and become the talk of the party. The idea is to have people mention how well you look, and not how well your hat looks.
You know how we feel about quality here at Montagio so when it comes to adding elements to your look, we always advise checking the quality first and the price later. Hats bought from a street vendor that time you took a trip to Bali just won’t cut the fashion mustard. This hat, like a suit, is an investment that should last a lifetime.
Thankfully, we live in a world where no two men or women are the same – we’re not counting twins – so it stands to reason that certain hats as with certain suit styles will suit a particular shape of face better. Now you could spend the day down at the local hat emporium trying on style after style until you hit on a winner or you could check our suggestions below for each face shape.
Long and thin – A short crown, medium taper, wide band, moderately wide brim, tilted to the side
Try - Fedora, Derby, Homburg
Wide on top – slightly pointed crown, moderate taper, band of similar colour to hat, medium width brim, tilted to the side
Try - Homburg, Fedora
Short and full – Narrow band of contrasting colour, medium width brim, medium crown, slight taper, tilted to the back
Try - Fedora, Panama, Gambler
Square – Rounded hat, no taper, wide brim, any size band, tilted to the side
Try – Homburg, Bowler
Strong Jaw – Medium or low height hat, slight taper, medium width brim, any colour band, tilted to side or worn level
Try – Fedora
Long nose – No pinch in crown, no taper, colourful band, wide brim, tilted to the side
Try – Fedora
Protruding ears – Wide brim, full crown, slight taper, worn tilted back
Try – Gambler, Fedora, Panama
Small chin – Low height hat, significant taper, narrow band, medium brim, worn level or tilted to the side
Try – Porkpie, Fedora, Trilby
Another idea might be to wear one of your tailored suits when hat shopping as you’ll get a real feel for what each piece of headgear brings to the table regarding the overall look. And do us a favour, when you get hold of that perfect dress hat, be sure to pop in and give us a look at it.
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