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Wear Johnny Depp's Dillinger Fedora

Updated on May 14, 2016

Dress Like Johnny Depp Again

Use this information for staying warm this winter. Do you wear the long coat? This is a good go-with.

A few years ago I suggested being William Blake in Dead Man for Halloween. The most popular item has been the hat. Mr. Depp always makes a stir with headgear. In "Public Enemies" he wears a standard 30's style hat, but with men's hats the slightest dent or curl is what sets the gear apart.

It is good to do a little research so you can really feel the bad guy and pull off the costume in style.


Photo from the website The Movie Wiseguys
Photo from the website The Movie Wiseguys

The Movie Hat

According to The Fedora Lounge, the movie hat is rather large, and it was worn square on Mr Depp's head. No tilt or mischievous curl in the brim. It was custom made with a high crown which balances out the whole look of the big black overcoat and the wide square face.

The front retains a flat peek of about 1.5 inches between the side conclave's ovals stretching less than halfway along each side of the hat. From the front the straight silhouette of the crown should not be broken.

It has to be felt for serious wear. A wide grosgrain ribbon with a perfect bow finishes off the hat.

The Fedora Lounge is a community for all things in men's hats.

This Might Work for You

This hat caught my imagination and I believe would work for the younger or small statured gangster. Would not break the pocket either.

Scala Classico Men's Wool Felt Homburg Hat
Scala Classico Men's Wool Felt Homburg Hat

The Scala style wool hat comes close to the Depp hat. Straight crown and flat brim in front. Work the felt to get the movie shape that Johnny wears, mainly the ovals on both sides of the front.

image from Swing Fastionista
image from Swing Fastionista

A Still with Sun Glasses


Go with these cheaper ones on Ebay: the tortoise shell and free shipping.

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Cold Weather Gangster Black Gloves

One could go under $10 for gloves or go expensive and buy a pair to wear to the office everyday.

Leather gloves complete the outfit.
Leather gloves complete the outfit.

I Will Enjoy Depp for Another 30 Years

I just had a rainy evening chance to see Sweeney Todd. Another Depp character easy to duplicate. All you need is a black wig to clip a stock of white hair to, classy gray pants, a vest and a very white shirt. Now get the reddest paint you can find and apply to the white shirt.

Match the make up and you are Mr Todd of Fleet Street. I am thinking now about what kind of roles Mr. Depp will be playing when he is in his late seventies and eighties. Will he be more reflective and exhibit a less boisterous inner self? Again, there may not be a script for that kind of Depp character. The characters in Donnie Brasco or Finding Neverland may have come close. I hope he will be the actor who does not go into retirement.

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    Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


    Great read. Beautifully-written. I love Depp, especially The Rum Dairies and my favorite writer is the Father of Gonzo Journalism: Hunter S Thompson. Love to relax with his essays.

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    5. Voted Up and all of the choices.

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    You are certainly a gifted writer. Please keep up the fine work.


    Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

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    julieannbrady 2 years ago

    Hope he doesn't have head lice -- OH just kidding : booyah, my dear -- I sure do love Johnny Depp! So does my mom. And, that hat? It is very stylish.

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    Ruthi 3 years ago

    Oh, I love a fedora, for fun and as a costume accessory.

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