1950s Hats for Men

In the 1950s, with the advent of the “headless era”, men began to shun hats and favored their full pompadour hairstyles. But the classic fedoras survived with bright colors and decorative headbands. The brim became smaller and there was a slight upturn at the back, adding rock and roll style to men’s headwear. Other popular styles of men’s hats included the trilby, Porkpies, walking caps and casual driving caps.

The 1950s were the golden age for men’s hats. After a slight change in style or variety over the first two decades, the hats of the 1950s were colorful with some interesting new shapes. This change became a fashion requirement for men in the next decade. The decade was a golden age for hat wearers and meanwhile, marked the end of an era. Next we will look at the styles of 1950s men’s hats and find what makes them so special at that time.

Fedoras have been around for decades and were still very popular in the 1950s, with many mature men still wearing them today, just as it was in the 50s and 60s. Popular colors for men were brown, tan, green, blue, grey and black. It was usually made of fur felt or woven straw. There were crease on center crown and pinch in the front. The brim of the hat became narrower in the 1950s than it was in previous years. Fedora’s brim flipped down in front and up at sides with a deep turn up at the back. There was a silk ribbon or solid Petersham around the hat, and then it was wrapped a thin leather band or felt band in the late 1950s.

The Porkpie became popular in the 1940s and it returned in the 1950s with more colorful and simpler designs and styles. It was often called a telescope hat, instead of a Porkpie. By the middle of 1950s, it was out of fashion, except for the straw hat version that had been popular in the 1960s. Men preferred to wear light brown and olive green hats. The Porkpie was usually made of fur felt or straw, with short and oval flat top. It had a flat brim that men wore them at an angle.

Straw hats were often worn in the summer. They came in different shapes and natural colors, such as boaters, fedoras, Panama and Porkpies. The features of the straw hats of the 1950s were the bold, colorful hats bands. Wide silks and tweed ribbons with bold stripes, checks and geometric prints matched the men’s colorful suits. Straw hats were usually natural yellow, beached white and coconut brown. They were made of natural straws or synthetic hand-woven straws.

The hat was very popular in Europe at the time, and the colorful patterns of Harris Tweed made it a cool hat. It became more and more popular through to the 1960s. The colors of the hat were mainly brown or green tones. The materials were usually wool tweed or summer cotton plaids. The high and rounded crown made the head close to the brim of the hat. Today’s bucket hat is also based on this to get slightly change.  

How to Wear a Hat with Suits?

Hats as the most common accessory are worn by lots of people. There are different types of hats, such as Panama hats, fedora hats, trilby, bucket hats and other hats. Most people wear a hat because they want to be protected and some people just regard a hat as their accessory that adds some stylish vibe to their outfits. For some fashionable men, they like to wear a hat with the formal suit. We may think a hat cannot match with the suit. On the contrary, a nice hat perfectly combines with suits. It will let the suit look less formal and add a sense of wisdom at the same time.  

You may think only a true sartorial savant can pull off this elusive combination of suit and hat. Indeed, while peripheral accessories like shoes and watches offer a wide range of acceptable options, and a hat or two usually adds sparkle to an outfit. The key is to know which men’s hat matches with which men’s suit, which is easier said than done.

If you are looking for the best hats that can match with your suit, following let’s take a look on how to wear a hat with suit.

No. 1 Panama Hats

Panama hats are light in both weight and color. The Panama hat is perfect for wearing in warm weather. Panama hats are originally from Ecuador and are usually woven from the leaves of a toquilla palm plant. Therefore, this type of hat has sturdy structure and good breathability. Panama hats are common worn in summer and spring. It also looks good pairing with suits. For example, this white Panama hat matches with a light-colored suit, which gives you casual and gentlemen’s feeling.   

No. 2 Newsboy Hats

Newsboy hats became popular among men and women fashion pioneers at the beginning of the 20th century. The hat features a curved brim, eight panels and a top button. As the newsboy’s hat is mostly made of wool, this hat is very suitable for wearing in winter, which is both warm and fashionable. There’s no need to go too fancy clothes with the hat. You can wear a light-colored suit and a dark woolen coat outside in winter. In addition, the color of the woolen coat can be the same as the color of the hat, of course, you can pick different colors, but it must not be too fancy.

No. 3 Bucket Hats

Bucket hats have been popular for several years and they are still favored by many young people, both men and women. The bucket hat is considered as a casual item that some people often wear it in many activities. Most of us think the bucket hat only can be matched with our casual clothing. Actually, it also can be worn with suits due to its versatile and functional features. This blue bucket hat pairing with black suit is very harmony. The overall look is stylish and cool.

If you pursuit formal outfit but don’t want a rigid look, you can pair with a hat. Above all hats are suitable to your suits. You can choose one if you have no other choice.