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The art of wearing hats: Choosing the perfect fedora

February 27, 2016 2 Comments

Trends come and go. One's personal style preferences change with age as well. And hats observe all that, laughing, because they know the world is more likely to see a zombie apocalypse than the end of their popularity.

What you're about to read is the second article in our “hats series”. If you just landed here, you might want to read the first one, where we cover the 3 most popular hat types and where our stylist suggests that the fedora should be the hat of choice for most guys.

Fedora hat

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Having said that, let's take a closer look at it. Our goal today is to help you make the right choice when you're buying your very first fedora.


What face type do you have?

The hat must match the wearer. And by match we mean bring some sort of symmetry to your face. In this respect, the fedora proves to be the most versatile hat you could go for. It looks fine on guys with:

  • a short, full face
  • a long, thin face
  • a top-heavy face
  • a long nose
  • a prominent jaw

There's basically just one type of face which, if you happen to have it, should discourage you from buying a fedora. It's a square face, like Brad Pitt’s.

Brad Pitt

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In other words, just don't look like Brad Pitt, and a fedora will look good on you :)


What color should you choose?

Start with just one. If you're about to start wearing hats in general, it sounds more reasonable than getting five in different colors, only to find out after a week that you just don't feel like yourself in a hat.

Fedora hat #2

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Luckily, you don’t have to worry about trying to match your fedora with your socks. You can get creative and choose a hat that's not necessarily the same color of your usual outfit. However, you might want to make the right choice in regards to how it complements your complexion. Go for:

  • a brown, blue or grey fedora if you're ruddy
  • a brown or green fedora if you're olive
  • a dark blue or grey fedora if you're pale

You might also want to consider picking the right shade while keeping in mind your hair color.

  • a brown, green or blue fedora goes nicely with auburn and red hair.
  • a brown, green or gray fedora goes nicely with blonde hair.
  • a gray or green fedora goes nicely with brown hair.
  • a green or gray fedora goes nicely with gray hair.

    What does etiquette dictate?

    When one becomes a proud hat wearer, one must accept the fact that etiquette is sometimes rather strict in this field.

    The fedora is no exception. Keep in mind that you should remove it upon entering a restaurant, an elevator, someone's home or during a meal. Also, don't forget to take it off while the national anthem is being played.

    Fedora hat #3

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    If you're really serious about manners, you might want to consider lightly touching the fedora's brim when greeting a friend or even raising the hat by the crown when meeting a lady in public.

    Are you ready to delve into the world of hats? Let us know which fedora you're getting, or leave a comment if you have any special requests for the third article of this series!

    2 Responses


    December 21, 2018

    what about what colors go with red hair? everyone leaves red out, and it makes me feel… empty.


    October 12, 2018

    What’s a good color for African Americans? Didn’t see anything for brown skin and black hair

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