Ultimate Guide To Hats For Men (How To BUY The Right Hat For YOU!)

Ultimate Guide To Hats For Men (How To BUY The Right Hat For YOU!)

The Ultimate Guide To Hats For Men
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Today’s video, gents, we’re talking hats, the ultimate guide to men’s headwear. So, let’s start things off by defining what
is a hat. A hat is a covering for the head and let’s
start with the crown. So, the crown right here notice that the crown
has a shape. Now, the shape is going to be defined by the
crease which goes right here on the top of the hat and also the dent. The dent goes on the side of the crown. And depending on the shape of the crease and
the dents, we get a wide variety of different crowns. Also, crowns could be tall they can also be
short. Now, the next key feature is going to be the
brim and the brim has two factors that affect its look. It’s going to be the width. So, if it’s a very short brim or if it’s
a long brim, totally different hat, and the curve and the shape not only in the front
which is basically going to be the front curve of the brim, but we’re also going to see
on the sides. If it curves up, if it curves down, an entirely
different looking hat. And last but not least, let’s talk about
the band. You’re going to see a wide variety of different
materials from fabric like this to actually leather being used to a wide variety of other
items and you will also see decoration in the band such as feathers. Now, in today’s video, I’m going to cover
a wide variety of headwear, we’re going to start things off with brim hats, then I’m
going to go to flat caps, then I’m going to talk about baseball caps, and then I’m
going to talk about winter headwear. So, the first type of hat I’m going to talk
about is the brim hat. There’s a wide variety of different types,
the first example is the Panama. So, you’ve got this Spanish exploring the
New World about 1500, what are they taking note of? That these guys have stylish headwear, that’s
what they noted, these guys that was the first recorded incident of the Panama. Now, we know that it was around for a lot
longer before that, but what the Spanish noted is these guys really know how to put a hat
together. It was functional, it did a great job of keeping
the sun off of their heads when they’re out working there in the fields and that’s
why I love a good Panama. Now, notice that it’s going to have a wider
brim about right here two and a half to three inches you’re going to see them sometimes
even wider. And, once they get a little bit shorter it
becomes a different type of hat and I’ll talk about that in a second. They’re also going to have a high crown
and what’s that’s going to do is allow air to circulate in and out and to keep the
head cool. Now, this Panama right here has the classic
black band right here, also, the off-white color. You’re going to see a wide variety of different
colors out there, but the key with the Panama is it’s going to have a tight weave and
this is going to be a hat that is great is functional and is going to keep you cool in
that hot sun. Next up, we have the fedora. This one very similar to the Panama is actually
made for hot weather, it’s got a breathable material, but many of the fedoras that you
guys know and that you’ve seen around are actually made from a heavier felt like material. Now, the fedora was really popular in the
1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s. It’s started dying off in the 1960s here
in the United States and most of the Western world. It was a functional piece, it was something
that wasn’t too big, wasn’t going to grab that much of attention. We also a curve over on the sides, It really
depend on how you wanted to wear it, but the crown was intact almost the same size as what
we would see on a classic Panama. Now, very similar to the fedora, we have the
trilby. The only difference, again, is going to be
the length of the actual brim. So, the brim started getting even smaller. We’re talking about an inch, maybe sometimes
even three quarters of an inch, maybe about an inch and a half at the most right here
in the front, but it’s a small difference in that brim that all of a sudden, we got
a very different looking hat. The trilby, the fedora, again, they had their
hay day from the 1930s to the 1960s. I think some guys can pull them bring them
back. I personally only wear this for hot weather
because I find that they look good, they’re much more stylish than a baseball cap and
they do serve the purpose of keeping the sun off of my head. Although, if I want to protect my face a bit
more, I’m going to probably go with a Panama or a fedora. Another hat style you’re going to see is
the pork pie. This one was actually made famous by a guy
named Buster Keaton. He was of the top silent film stars of the
1920s, but as soon as talkie showed up and his fame waned, you started to actually see
the pork pie kind of go down. It was still a very popular hat especially
if you’re musicians, but by the 1960s the pork pie started to disappear. And, similar to the pork pie, but made from
a lightweight breathable material, we have the boater. Now, the boater specifically was made for
hot weather. This was a hat that had the rounded look to
it and really was a unique looking hat, the crown wasn’t very high, it was a very lightweight
hat. Did a great job of keeping the sun off of
your face, but it fell out of favor and really pretty much has disappeared. Now, what about that hat that won the west? No, I’m not talking about the cowboy hat. I’ll get to that in a second. I’m talking about the bowler. Yes, the bowler was actually the most popular
hat whenever people were heading out west and we were settling the western United States. So, all these Western movies you see people
wearing cowboy hats, that’s not actually accurate. If you go back and look at old photos, you’re
going to see it was the bowler cap. Look at that crown on the bowler, I don’t
really think I need to state it, but that is its distinctive feature. [0:05:00]
Now, where did the cowboy western hat get its name? That actually is a big mystery because when
we look at what people wearing out west, it was a motley crew. You had people wearing stuff that they had
during the civil war, you had people bringing in top hats. Yes, you saw a top hats out on the western
frontier, but it was really the Stetson Company that was making consistent that was making
headwear and it’s really become an iconic look that I think Hollywood has had a big
hand in kind of shaping what we believe and what we assume people wore in that time period. Now, very similar to the western hat, we’ve
got the Akubra and this is the Australian version. I think it’s a beautiful hat. I have one, I picked this up when I was in
the Blue Mountains. It’s got that little opal right there. But, again, what you’re going to see here
are the vents on the side, very similar also in western hats, but the Akubra is going to
be worn more flat. So now, let’s talk about flat caps and I
think this one is interesting. So, in 1571, the English they wanted to bolster
the world trade and so they passed this law that every man had to wear a cap. Now, eventually the law was repealed, but
here’s the thing is that guys really liked wearing these flat caps. What you’re going to find with these flat
caps is they actually do a great job I think of keeping the elements off of your head,
hence why I wear them. They’re not going to be as high of a crown,
so when you’re getting in and out of a vehicle, I think they actually function really well. And I think for, you know, maybe a guy that’s
losing his hair or a guy that simply doesn’t want to do anything with his hair, they look
great. Now, flat caps come in a wide variety of styles
and variations. This one here is also known as the newsboy. It’s got just a little bit of a, you know,
a puff over on the sides. I really like this hat, hence why I bought
two of them in two different colors. And, by the way, the beret is a flat cap as
well. I’m not going to recommend it for everyone,
but if you’ve got the confidence you think you can pull it off, then go for it. Now, flat caps in general are going to be
more casual headwear and depending on the material it’s made from it really is seasonal
depending on when you’re going to want to wear, but I think they can be very functional. Example, this flat cap right here what I like
about it is that all of a sudden I can fold out an ear and neck protection. Finally, if you’re just getting into headwear
and you’re considering your first hat, the brim hats those require I think a bit more
confidence, but a flat cap if you’re already used to wearing a baseball cap, this is a
very easy addition to your wardrobe. Practice wearing it around your house, then
all of a sudden you’re wearing it out to run errands, you get a few compliments you’re
like, yeah, I like the look of it, I feel confident wearing this hat. Next up, we’ve got the baseball cap. This has to be probably the most common hat
you see out there. Tons of guys already wearing it which I think
is great because then they can transition to other types of headwear. But, where did it start? 1860, we had the first baseball caps. Actually, they were made out of straw and
the brim the front part of them was actually much shorter. Nowadays, we see them a lot longer, we see
people putting logos designs, of course, sporting their favorite teams as well, but we see NFL
teams, we see a wide variety of different logos and slogans on these. But, really it’s going to be the crown and
a brim, you just don’t have a brim around the back of it and really that still defines
the classic baseball cap. So, first up we’ve got the six panel hat. And the six panel hat like it sounds it’s
going to have six panels when you count them one, two, three, four, five, six. Sometimes called the dad cap as well. This is going to be one of the most common
simple designs out there. It goes right on top of the head and it really
can keep the sun out of the eyes and it really just is a simple way to add maybe what you
perceive is a little bit of style, but I would say look beyond this, there are many other
options out there. Next up, we’ve got the trucker hat. Very modest origins, 1980s, given away free
by feed stores because they wanted to promote things. Nowadays, you see that they’re not given
away free, they actually cost quite a bit of money and the design you’ve got really
cool designs on them logos, you know this one using camouflage. But, one of the keys with this hat is going
to be the snaps on the back and that right there a distinctive feature in addition to
the netting. What’s cool about this is it’s actually
a very cool hat in keeping the head cool. I think this is more of a younger man play,
although older guys can pull it off, but I do think that in general this is, you know,
it’s a fun look, but it’s something that is always going to be casual. Now, you’re also going to see the flat brim
hat and oftentimes it’s going to have a sticker, it’s going to have tags still on
it. The key here is to show that it is brand new
that you just bought this and that you have the money to afford it. I don’t really, you know, I’m not going
to say that I’m expert on this type of street wear these type of hats, but it is something
that’s interesting and if you’re into it, all the more power to you. Next up, we’ve got the military cadet style. This started off in 1943 I believe and what
we saw is the M1951 design. With this hat style, I remember being in the
marines we call it a hat covers, we never called it a hat. The point being is that you had something
that was functional, it kept the sun off of your head, it kept the sun out of your eyes. And while we’re talking about military hats,
I did want to mention the booney. I do think this is actually a functional piece
because if you’re out in the jungle if you’re out in the sun and you want to better protect
your neck, I think a booney hat is fine and this one actually had given to me just about
a month ago when I was back home in Midland Texas by one of my coaches. I was a Greenwood Ranger and played football
for them. [0:10:05]
And, let’s not forget about winter headwear. So, cold weather headwear, the whole point
here is to insulate the head, keep the heat in and to protect you from the elements especially
the wind. So, a watch cap, this is going to be the most
common the most popular one we see out there, but it’s actually not the most functional. Now, when made from wool, when made from cotton,
having a bit of an elastic material in it, this can do a very good job and I think is
a great base layer, but it’s not going to do a great job protecting you from the wind
unless you’ve got a wind liner inside of it. Now, you’re also going to see beanies out
there and beanies are fun, you know, they add a little bit of color, always going to
be casual. If you’re going to wear it, you know, something
with a suit, a watch cap is acceptable although when it’s cold you can pretty much wear
anything to keep your head warm. But, why wear anything when you’ve got options? So, let’s look at the astrakhan. This is made from a very tightly woven lambs
fleece. And what’s cool about this hat is this is
actually relatively small, it does a great job of keeping the head warm. But, let’s say you want something that’s
going to fully covered the ears, maybe even protect the neck a bit, look at the Ushanka. Unless you’re an American politics and you
probably don’t want to get this hat people may assume you’re Soviet or connected with
Russia. But, I think for the vast majority of us when
you wear this down, it’s got the whole trapper look and it does an excellent job of keeping
the ears warm, the full head warm. And if none of those suit you, but you like
baseball caps, check out the stormy kromer. Apparently, this was designed by a railroad
man and it’s a great cold weather piece of headwear that’s going to keep your ears
warm head warm and a little bit harder to find, but if you look for it you can find
it. So, what piece of headwear did I miss? Let me know down in the comments. So, what video to watch next? How about this one, ten things that stylish
men never do? Are you doing them? Find out, guys, by checking out this video
which I will link to down in the description. [0:11:49] End of audio

100 thoughts on “Ultimate Guide To Hats For Men (How To BUY The Right Hat For YOU!)

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  3. Thank you Antonio!! Great video, that made me want to get one new hat!
    How about the 'Bucket Hat' ?
    one of the most functional hat because you can also fold it when not wearing it

  4. I really like the pork pie. One of the few types of hats that actually looks decent on me. Fedoras just look bad on me and I hate baseball caps/trucker hats, so it's flat caps and pork pies for me, though after watching this video I might try a panama.

  5. Great video. Remember that most of those have rules and tips for how to wear them; for instance the newsboy you move the extra fabric to protect against win or sun; great for watching sports or outside work. If in doubt go to a real hat store and get help would be my advice.

  6. My favorite cold weather hat is my Royal Navy officer's beret. Traded for it with a British frigate when I served as the OPS officer of a USN fleet oilier.

  7. Perfect! Perfect level of detail to introduce wearing hats and styles. If you get into it, there can be a lot you can learn about each style. Good hat shops can be hard to find (I like Village Hat Shop) — Where did you make this video? I missed seeing that in the video.

  8. Baseball caps, in a tiny Texas town of 1000 that's all everyone wears, except an occasional western hat. As for me, I have several nice baseball caps of different colors to match what I'm wearing. I hope to get some nicer hats in the near future. Thanks for the video.

  9. I'm going to be honest, kind of weird referring to Akubra as a type of hat as opposed to the brand that it is (Akubra trilbies/fedoras are my usual daily hats) – they make all sorts of hats, from country hats like the Coroner Pedy shown in this video to top hats.

  10. I've got a really big head. The Alien or Predator characters have nothing on me. Hats just don't fit – they fall off or those strap things on the back of baseball caps aren't long enough – even if they were, it'd look ridiculous. Suggestions?

  11. Antonio, I would like more hats, but my city doesn't have a dedicated hat store, can you recommend any online shops you know of that sell good quality hats?

  12. I love hats. Never leave the house without one! But why so many types go out of fashion almost simultaneously in the 60s?

    I thought fashion changes were more gradual.

  13. Here are my hats that work quite well, and were affordable providing excellent protection from elements while looking good.

    Three flat caps, brown, black, and light grey.


    Brown fedora


    Two toboggans(watchcap)

    Boonie cap

    Jayne Cobb Beanie

    These were bought secondhand or given to me. I do want a few more though. Would love an astrakhan, homburg, a boater, bowler, and a cowboy hat, but I never can seem to find them in thrift shops.

  14. Yes I’ve been waiting for this video. Started really loving hats over the last few years. Saw my grandfather wearing on Wehen he was younger plus Brain Sakawa has been wearing them in some of his vids and I really love the look!!!

  15. It's impressive how much information is given out in this, and every RMRS video! I realize other channels can be quite informative as well. However, the style and delivery here is so effective that I can hear Antonio's voice when I'm shopping for clothes now

  16. If you want to try out your first hat, i'd recommend going with a trilby. Wear it, see how it feels. If you feel confident wearing it, you can go on with something bolder, like the panama.

  17. Make sure you also get an Indiana Jones hat. You can never go wrong, especially if you get a black one. Mine is my daily driver.

  18. I remember learning (from a different YouTube video) that the bowler hat is what the cowboys of the wild west era wore. Cowboy hats were impractical because they were quite expensive. But let's be honest … the movie "Dirty Harry" wouldn't be the same if Clint Eastwood wore a bowler hat.

  19. Goorin Bros makes an appearance in an RMRS video! All of my hats are from those fine folks, I love each and every one. Seems like Antonio is quite the fan, too 👍

  20. Great video! Congrats, Antonio!
    To me Fedoras and Panamas are the basis of all headwear. Would love to hear your thoughts about the Homburg, though (I’m getting more and more into them lately).

  21. I always laugh at people when I see them wearing the flat cap / paper boy. It always reminds me of that scene in "Boardwalk Empire" when Al Capone was wearing one and that man made fun of him by saying he was a man, yet wearing the cap of a boy.

  22. Baseball cap has distinct quality variations ::
    Fitted cap
    Semi-fitted with elastic in the band
    Adjustable cloth strap
    Adjustable plastic strap

  23. I want to wear hats, but I have a very tall hairstyle so I can't figure out how to fit the hat on there, and what to do with my hair D:

  24. Is your start up video, is the music on it copywrite free? I found a job recruitment company that uses the music in your start up video. You should sue man.

  25. Антонио привет. смотрю твой канал в переводе на русский язык.
    Пожалуйста сделай ролик про зонты. как правильно выбрать и как стильно использовать.

    Hi, Antonio. I’m watching your channel translated into Russian.
    Please make a video about umbrellas. how to choose and how to use stylishly.
    sorry for my English….

  26. I recently started wearing the western style hat with the cattleman’s crease. I like the style, icon, and overall look of it. Great video. Men should find a style that works and go with it. It pulls your look together in my opinion.

  27. I was eagerly waiting for your comments on the Top Hat 🎩 ! I have three. Black, Brown and Forest Green. I love them. PS I am from England !

  28. You missed the Homburg, in the 20-30’S it was a more upscale hat, it can be see in “the thin man” and “Sabrina.” 40s-50s it was supplanted by the popularity and screen time of the fedora, it was a lower scale option (think BMW vs Toyota.)

  29. I bought a trilby a couple years ago, and I basically got it cuz it was the single hat I found anywhere that actually fit my head. I stopped wearing it a while ago cuz I started wearing more "casual" clothes due to suits not being too fit for my work.

    But a couple weeks ago I got into a chinese store nearby and found a flat cap that has the folding bit shown in the video, so I bought it right away and haven't stopped using it, but besides being the right fit, it was also about $3 and was the only one in the store. A couple days later though, I found the same one in brown on another store, and again, was the only one there so I got that one too.

    I've never been much of a hat person, but oh boy does it feel great to wear one when it fits you just right.

  30. Greek Fisherman's Cap: not a bad step away from the baseball cap if you want something with a bit more flair than driver's or newsboy.

  31. The flat cap is having a resurgence right now mostly due to the absolutely incredible BBC series Peaky Blinders, which is a show about gangsters in Birmingham in the 1920s. The style in the show is fantastic, and I’d love to see a video on it

  32. For moderate cold weather, I wear a solid color tam with matching pom~pom. It is not unusual to receive compliments from strangers. Plus when meeting people, I can be recognized a block away.

  33. I have a large hat collection. I never leave the house without a trilby or fedora. I have two perfect 1930s boaters I picked up in the 1960s when they were out of fashion. Dress good and wear a dress hat. You meet a lot of women that way because you're different.

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