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How To Wear A Fedora Hat

Updated on August 21, 2011

How to wear a fedora without looking like Indiana Jones on a mission? Easy - unless you do actally fancy yourself as a world saving and somewhat tattered hero.

And if that's the case, I'd advise you to stay well away from fashion, cameras and mirrors and instead, arm yourself with conspiracy theories, ancient maps and a bullwhip.

Wearing a fedora requires a certain aplomb - it certainly doesn't require the odd camel or complex death defying maze.

The biggest problem most people may have is the fact that they lack that certain something to carry a Fedora off.

You do need an air of utter nonchalance - otherwise you'll look as though you and your hat are a match made in wallmart - rather than one made in Macy's.

Aim to look cool - and not like a tool, by applying the hints and tips you'll find below.

How To Wear A Fedora


I'm going to show you how to wear a Fedora hat - and you're going to take notice. I did have a model, who was going to expertly evidence the difference between cool and tool.

However we have not managed to meet in the middle, therefore he, his tweed feodra and this hub have become polar opposites.

Still, no matter, where there's a will and all that. And many of you really do need to know the difference between ... hot and not!

And so - how to wear a fedora hat.

Generally, they belong in the realm of mens fashion accessories however, of late, women have adopted the chic appeal that goes with donning one atop their feminine heads.

Hence their rise (once again) in popularity and metrosexual appeal. Don't got a Fedora? Don't got nothing!

Mens Fedora Hats

Cool - or tool?
Cool - or tool?

There are loads of different mens fedora hats - giving you, the wearer, a whole lot of choice.

In truth, it's easy to wear them the wrong way. And to be fair, the guys that look best in them are those of a Latin descent or African American. They were born cool. Hat or not.

Maybe it's the skin color, I don't know but some guys just got it and some guys just don't. That said - you can still learn how to wear a fedora and look the part, providing you own the fedora and not the other way around.

Best thing is to avoid thinking along the lines of mobsters and Mafia dons. They weren't cool ... they were cruel.

Still they were sharp dressers. Which is what you need to be. Sharp, casual, on trend and hip. With absolutely no hop in sight.

How To Wear A Fedora Men

Here we go, the lowdown on how to wear a fedora - men:

  • make sure you buy the correct size. Measure your head - top tip ;)
  • match the fedora color to your clothing. Don't (whatever you do) wear a lot of black then top your head off with a white fedora. Remember: tool versus cool
  • don't squash your fedora onto your head - it's not a beanie hat
  • don't perch it either, another silly mistake. Just let it sit naturally atop your head. You are not posing for a camera, you're just trying to look (naturally) cool. Even Indy didn't perch
  • buy more than one. Classic black is great - but dull if worn over and again. There are various colors so use your imagination - after all you're not buying gold bars ... they're just hats
  • wear it with jeans, trousers, shirts, jackets - think about how you dress normally, don't start going crazy just because you're about to buy a new fedora and wear it for the first time
  • if it helps, do think about Indiana. He's hardly known for his dress sense and the era the films are based in are a way back and yet - despite his very tatty, badly thrown together look, the hat works

More than anything, enjoy your hat. Don't overdo it - if anything under do it. And in the event you're really stuck try the fedora forum.

Honest there really is one and there you'll find a whole bunch of guys who advice and counsel each other about what to wear, what not to wear and so on.


Indiana Jones Fedora Hat

Oh yes ... you want an Indiana Jones Fedora hat. And why not? Indy is cool to the chromosones and the hat and the hero are mutually exclusive.

Put yourself out of your misery - look cool, heroic and all without a despotic tyrant in sight. Be cool right through to your chromosones - and do Indy proud!

Cheap Fedora Hat

Want a cheap fedora hat? Check out the ones on the right. Cheap as chips yet still stylish and great looking to boot.

The first two are the top selling fedoras on Amazon, with highly positive customer feedback - knowing that others have already received and rated a product makes for an easier choice.

If you're on a budget yet want to get your hands on one, then any one of the three will make a perfect value for money purchase - without looking cheap and nasty.

Straw Fedora

Now a straw fedora is not to be confused with a straw boater - they're two completely different hats.

A straw fedora is exactly the same style and shape of regular fedoras, the only difference being the material they're made out of.

They're quite the natty hat, for those that prefer a cooler head, as air will circulate better with this particular style of fedora.

You should now have more idea about how to wear a fedora - go forth and ... be cool!


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    • Nemraj profile image

      Nemraj Navariya 

      11 months ago from Jaipur, India

      can i wear this fedora hat in winter ?

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      4 years ago from UpstateWestern,New York

      Andria......OH My...Johnny Depp. That gorgeous picture of "Johnny", Mr. super sexy, dreamboat drew me in like a magnet! I feel weak and numb, as though I've been hypnotized. It should be illegal for a man to be THAT pretty!

      Oh yeah, by the way, Wonderful Hub! Voted up & pinned.....Peace, Paula

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      7 years ago

      when should i wear a fedora?

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      7 years ago from EAU CLAIRE, WI

      Excellent hub! I just got a sweet Bailey's of Hollywood black fedora that looks like it's in the Indiana Jones style as a gift. Thanks for the wearer's tips. Now I just need to step outside and not look like a tool.

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      8 years ago

      Neil Caffery. Just do what he does and you can't go wrong.

    • askjanbrass profile image


      9 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This article was written with a sense of humor - I love it! Had no clue there is an actual forum for how to wear fedoras!

    • mysisters profile image


      9 years ago

      Nice Hub. Fedora hats are great and can be a nice accessory to an outfit.

    • eyewearspy profile image


      9 years ago

      Fedora hat we see as fashionable now a days. It adds something cool to the presence of a person wearing this. I love to wear this especially the black color. It's really cool and stylish looks.

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      9 years ago

      I just got myself a fedora today! Went to the street market which sold all sorts of stuff, and saw this stall selling hats, saw this black with grey/gold striped fedora, wore it, fell in love, and decided to buy it!

      It's my first one, and I'm very glad I bought it!

      It really suited what I wore (blue/white plaid shirt, black skinny jeans, black work shoes) and my hair was just right! And the weather was perfect, so that was a good omen I guess!

      I must be late to this post, too. XD

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Katie the fedora rocks, though not everyone suits one. I do though ;)

      lxxy leave your amsih beard alone. Be cool, be funky when you wear a fedora. Be who you are ... different, fresh ... you!

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      9 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      I'll have to try this.

      May have to shave off the amish beard, though.

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      Katie McMurray 

      9 years ago from Westerville

      The fedora is a great fashion addition. My eleven year old wears them and it's so cute. Gotta love the fedora. :)

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hey ladies :) Duchess ... nothing wrong with that! And ethel they are for sure ;)

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      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Very stylish on the right head of course :)

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      9 years ago

      frogdropping, I am both *sheepish grin*

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hey Dim :) Good to see you stopping by. There is a little more than just dropping one onto your head but hopefully a bit of helpful froggie advice will do the trick ;)

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      9 years ago from Great Britain

      Loved all the pics of these hats. Worn the right way or maybe by the right person, I find them fantastic. The best.! Great hub. thanks.

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Ahhh lucky boy Duchess. Your son sounds incredibly cool! I'd be very proud and kinda smug ;)

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      9 years ago

      My youngest loves the fedora! He wore one to his graduation, did the little trick where he flipped it from his hand, up his arm and onto his head as he walked out to get his diploma. (sort of like Mel Gibson in "What Women Want") That was a few years ago when it wasn't "cool". You are so right, you need a certain aplomb to pull it off. He got a standing ovation.

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hey drbj! I agree though on me, they look good lol! I'm a hat head, if you get me?! I'm with you on the beanies. Seems I've lost mine. So if you're up to knitting me a new one? Maybe I should shout out to my hubber friends? ;)

      Marco - I read that it's cool to stick a lttle feather in the band or add a playing card. So far as I'm concerned it's not. That's tool, not cool. Knowing how to wear a fedor is one thing - turning yourself into an eejit is something else ;)

    • marcofratelli profile image


      9 years ago from Australia

      I've always thought fedoras look cool when coupled with suspenders and spats. Especially on performers. lol

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      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Froggie. Guys always look way cooler in fedoras. And some women who look elegant in anything they wear can also wear fedoras.

      I'm not positive but I think the last hat I wore was a beanie with the spinning propeller in the middle. But although I'm not the fedora type, this is a classy hub with elegant fedora choices.

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Ahhhhhh mythbuster you simply cannot throw any hatman shadows! Disaster. Maybe wear one and avoid the light? Yes!! lol I'm sure you'd be most forgiven ;)

      Hello, hello hey there :) I may treat myself to a new hat. I love them I seem to have lost my old beanie hat, rathe rsad about that to be honest!

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      You have a beautiful selection. I think you it is a shame that wearing a hat went out of fashion. It think they were very attractive.

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      9 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      aaaaaaaaaaack it's hatman... Frogdropping, you've just made it "COOL" to throw "hatman shadows" all over the place. Nice hub. I want to get a Fedora now but I do not want some of my amateur paranormal investigator friends to end up clubbing me some night as I turn a corner and throw a shadow on the wall somewhere lol

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Woooo Norah someone else that likes them! I love hats (on me) and kinda like hats on guys. My partner won't wear one as he has to for work but he sure suits one. Love to see him in a fedora - he already does a great impression of Clint Eastwood!

      And yes, you're right, there are the wide brim and 'stingy' brim. I guess it depends on the wearer and their personal taste.

      And thankyou for hanging round and reading - most appreciated!

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      Norah Casey 

      9 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      I love Fedora hats! They are very hot when worn correctly. I've noticed that the (width? length?) of the brim is crucial for a proper selection. Too short of a brim looks feminine on men, where as too long of a brim looks silly. It is probably all relative to the individual's bone structure, but those are just my 2 cents! Great hub :)


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