The saying goes that hats aren’t for everyone. We’re here to tell you that we disagree.
Not only are they ideal for practical uses: wearing one in winter to keep you warm or donning one in summer to help protect you from the sun, they also serve as a way to amp up your style game. Recently, hats have re-entered every echelon of fashion, all the way from runways to simply just helping cover up our months-old haircuts during quarantine—and the trend is sticking.
While most of us have been sporting caps to the gym or on the beach for years now, it’s important to remember that the accessory goes beyond just your standard baseball style. Think about the more iconic fashion-forward options such as Indiana Jones’ fedora, Ice Cube’s cap from Boyz in The Hood, Charlie Chaplin’s bowler, or even Sherlock Holmes’ double-flapped topper: they all packed a large punch of style, while still feeling masculine and fashion-forward.
Below, we round up the top 11 hat brands that have cemented the art of hat making for the modern day man and highlight the different hat styles we suggest you incorporate into your closet.
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As far as American hats go, it’s difficult to beat a Stetson. They use the highest quality materials and fuse them into a rugged Western aesthetic that feels both polished and masculine. This Bozeman Outdoor hat provides both ample shade and style.
Fouquet represents the next generation of milliners. Their spin on classic hat shapes is undercut by quirky details, such as these embroidered dots on this straw fedora. Their signature of tucking a matchstick into the band of each hat perfectly embodies the free spirit and masculinity of their creations.
Easily the most recognizable of the brands listed here, New Era specializes in creating the best baseball caps in the game. With an exclusive with the MLB, these hats are on the cutting-edge of design, redefining the traditional team cap.
Known for their sleek rain gear and waxed products, Barbour also brings their signature style to hats. Ranging from classic baseball caps to rain hoods, the brand’s offerings feel both modern and quintessentially British. Our eyes are on their bucket hat styles, which serve as a throwback to the 90’s while still feeling fresh.
Founded in 2004, Brixton provides quality hats for a great price. They range in styles from beanies and baseball styles to more throwback options, such as newsboy and conductor caps.
The perfect fedora just got a lot easier to shop for thanks to Frescobol Carioca—the Rio De Janeiro based brand that specializes in warm-weather wear. This sleek option is ideal to take to the beach or be worn as an all-year style staple.
After just celebrating their 100th birthday, Kangol continues to be a leader in the industry. Their styles can be seen on Tik-Tok stars and old-school gentlemen alike. Our favorite falls in the middle, in the form of the trilby—a hat that appears as a shortened fedora and can be worn with the brim up, down, or with a back flip.
Established in 1895, Goorin Bros. is one of America’s oldest hat makers. They also proudly turn-out some of the largest varieties of hats in the industry. What catches our eye though are their takes on the modern-day trucker hat that have developed quite the cult following.
Lock & Co Hatters
Lock & Co. has a profound history of top-tier hat making. Their store in London opened up in 1676 and catered to the most prestigious families of the time. Today, they still make some of the most renowned and sought-after items in the world. This navy wool flat-cap is a prime example of how they honor the past with their modern designs.
Most commonly known for their bags, Filson renders their hats in the same water-repellent, breathable fabric and luxurious leather trim. Ideal for outdoor activities such as fishing and hiking, this style also works well for travel as it can easily be rolled up or shoved into a corner of a suitcase.
Bailey draws inspiration from the past, separating their hats into two categories: Hollywood and Western. Both offer up some of the most dapper hat options on the market at a pretty great price.
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