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.