They have style, look good with casual dress, suit and tie and just about anything. Wondering what the opinion is here?Does anyone know where to buy one. Are vintage fedora hard to come by? Any web sites that deal with them?
Thanks for the advice. My skin on my head burns easily. My baldness makes growing my hair longer impossible, so I have to wear hats to protect my head. I have always liked the look of a fedora, even before Indiana Jones.There are lots of hats to be found on e-Bay and once you know what you are looking for, there will definitely be some bargains to be had there. Isaac has mentioned Art Fawcett, Optimo Hats are also a premium maker, Delmonico Hatters, JJ Hatters, Goorin Brothers (and there are lots of others) all have good web presences.
If you are unable to get to a store and check the hats out personally spend as much time as you can looking at different models and try to speak with a salesperson or two- obviously different hat styles are more (or less) suited to different facial characteristics.
I wear a hat practically every day- protection from the cold in winter and from the sun in summer.
Wish I could help but SWMBO reserves the right to pass judgement on any hat I want to buy. We only shop local. You would be surprised at the number of hats I thought were acceptable that she vetoed. I was shocked when the pork pie that I hated was one she insisted on. I have received many positive comments on that hat since.
I love such general questions.
Opinion: Hats are awesome, I wear one every time I step out the door. Keeps the rain off your head (and glasses), prevents sunburns, regulates your temperature (heat loss threw head) Fantastic things. Fedora is a great choice.
Where to buy one? Well yes I do. Now what is your price range? Do you already know your hat size? Without that information I can recommend a few web pages
#1 http://www.villagehatshop.com/ This is a great we page for entry level hats. Jaxon is a good brand name. Fir felt is better than wool.
#2 http://www.hatsdirect.com/ or http://www.everythingaustralian.com.au/ have Akubra Hats. Some of the best factory produced fedoras on the market today. "Federation" is a Indiana Jones style hat, "Squatter" is a great wide brimmed hat, "Campdraft" is the same as the old Stetson "open road". If you want it with a crease in it already the "Stylemaster" is a good choice and of course they have a model called the "Fedora"
#3 Custom made hats. They are the most expensive hats for a reason. They are made to your head size and shape. You can choose the height of the crown, width of the brim, colour, bow, how its bashed, everything. Years down the road, when it is starting to show wear you can send them back for servicing. If you choose a beaver hat it can last you your lifetime. I have four, all made by Art Fawcett http://www.vintagesilhouettes.com/ But I have been reading some good thing about a new guy out there and because he is new he is charging really cheap. http://www.northwesthats.com/Home.html But I have no first hand experience with him.
For some reference material on Fedoras check out http://www.thefedoralounge.com/ you will learn more about hats then you ever thought existed.
The only way to tell is to go to a store, try on various styles and see how you look in the mirror (or to your significant other). There really isn't a shortcut. Once you know which types look good and which don't, and once you know your size, you can pretty much skip going to b&m stores if you want.Wow thanks for the cool links. I never realized there were so many cool hats. I have a large melon that most baseball hats look bad on. What kind of cool retro hat would be good? Derby? Bowler? Pork Pie????