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How to Find a Flattering Fedora Fit

By Taylor James


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Fedoras are a classic style of hat that rose to popularity in the late 1800s and remain a staple head accessory today. This hat features a wide brim and, in many cases, a ribbon around the hatband. They are made from several different materials, such as animal fur, wool, straw, leather, and more, allowing you to find the one that best suits your personality and style.

Fedoras can be shaped in various ways without compromising quality. If you’ve never worn a fedora, you’re likely wondering how to find one that fits you best – stylistically and physically. Continue reading to learn more about fedora fits, so you can start incorporating them into your outfits. We guarantee once you do, you won’t go back!

How Should My Fedora Fit?

Finding the perfect fedora fit doesn’t have to be a complicated process. The perfect size is one that is snug but doesn’t suffocate your head or give you a massive headache. On the other hand, if it flies off in the wind, you need a tighter fit.

A good rule of thumb to follow is to ensure your hat sits about a finger’s width above your eyebrows and the tips of your ears. It should stop above the center of your forehead. Don’t let it drop too low over your eyes or creep up too close to your hairline. If your fedora fits like this, you may need to make some adjustments.

Fabrics of Fedoras

Fabric is an essential factor to consider when looking for a properly fitted fedora. Fedoras come in several different fabrics, which affect their overall shape and style. For example, fedoras made of textiles like leather and straw are stiff, as neither fabric provides much stretch.

Adversely, fabrics like cotton and wool are more flexible, allowing you to easily shape these fedoras.

Various Types of Fedoras

Fedoras come in various shapes and some are more appropriate for certain occasions. For example, a wide brim fedora features a brim wider than four inches and a width of up to ten or more inches. Continue reading to learn more about different types of fedoras and find the right one for you.

Trilby Hat

Known as a type of fedora, the trilby hat has the same signature crown shape but curls upward along the edges. The brim of a trilby hat is permanently fixed down and arranged at a sharper angle than a traditional fedora. A trilby is also typically worn further back on the head for a relaxed look. If you want to sport this style in the summer, we recommend a straw trilby. In the winter, opt for one with a felt design.

Check out this unisex Manhattan structured trilby fedora on Amazon.

Pork Pie Hat

Though fedoras and pork pie hats are brimmed vintage hats, pork pies are narrow. They have a circular crown that is comparably shorter than a fedora. If you have a round face, you may want to steer clear of this style, as the short crown will highlight your shorter face.

This unisex Pork Pie Hat from Stetson is a popular choice.

Homburg Fedora

The Homburg hat is defined by a single dent that runs down the middle of the crown, unlike a fedora hat which has an indented crown and a soft brim pinched near the front on both sides. The homburg features a narrow brim due to its upturned design. If you’re attending a formal event, a felt homburg makes the perfect accessory to complete your dignified look.

When selecting the right fedora for you, remember to consider your style, head shape, and occasion. These three factors contribute to a properly fitted fedora, so once you’ve taken all three into account, you should have a new favorite accessory on your hands… or rather, your head.

About Taylor James

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