The Vintage Ten Gallon Fedora

Well, that’s not exactly a grammatically correct hat title but it rolled off the tongue nicely. I’ve just been spying too many cuties not to comment on the fabulous big hat trend we’re seeing everywhere currently. I feel like these hats will drip into Spring – they go with almost any outfit terrifically and can be accessorized in so many ways; feathers, jewels, stones, fringe, leather, fur, trinkets.

Wide-brimmed fedoras in neutral colors conjure a stud-like Indiana Jones feel, cavaliers adorned with brightly tinted plumage sing fancy splendor and the classic Americana ten gallon Western hats are just so John Wayne dusty and fantastic.

Below are images pilfered from and are followed by selections from the warehouse.

Newsboys, Fedoras and Porkpies oh my.

According to my hat-wearing experts over at The Fedora Lounge, we think hats have been around since the early 1800’s. Since then, men and women have expanded on the idea of head-coverings by designing caps from the tiniest, dainty tea toppers to wide brimmed floppy sun umbrellas and straw cowboy hats. Current trends seem to allow for these and everything in between. It’s all in how you style it.

Fedora or Trilby
The family just returned from a short stint in New York (where all trends seem to trickle down to the rest of from) and fedoras are back in a big way. From street vendors to high-end boutiques, these wool blend and felted beauties were everywhere and on the heads of city dwellers as far as the eye could see. I nudged my brother into buying one of the street in Soho and told him he was definitely channeling Indiana Jones in it. You can turn any classic Fedora into a more Indie Jones version by deepening the center crease and side indents. Add a wide ribbon for added flair.

Also called Big Apples, Ivy, Eight Panel, Cabbie and Gatsby hats, I fell in love with these flat-brimmed all-American hats in 1985’s film, The Journey of Natty Gann. Newsboys became popular in the states in the late 19th century and resurged again during the great depression. They were the staple outfit accessory of newspaper delivery boys. They sometimes have a snap to hold the brim down and/or a top center button. The body of a Newsboy can be very slim and fitted or bigger and floppier.

Made popular by early 20th century jazz and blues musicians and named for their resemblance to edible pork pies, the flat topped hats are similar to Fedora with a few distinguishing features: The Porkpie brim is shorter and stiffer. Buster Keaton has a great interview online where he explains how he used to take gray felt Fedoras and turn them into Porkpies (the recipe includes sugar water). And contrary to the indented Fedora, the top of a Porkpie is perfectly flat.

Photo of a fully stocked hat closet. Courtesy of The Sartorialist.

Monster Vintage goods:

1970’s Fedora

Green wool Newsboy

Straw Ribboned Porkpie