Kangol Small Fedora Hats

Posted on April 14, 2017

The hat is one of the most popular clothing accessories nowadays, but sometimes choosing the most suitable headwear such as the Kangol line of hats could be a difficult step. Some people do not consider wearing of hats in their daily style and wear them only on special occasions such as parties. You can also find hats that very adaptable you can wear them for both situations special occasions and in the daily life. The key for choosing the most suitable is the balance. Other things to consider are your wardrobe, body, and face shape.

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If you've recently peeked into a fashion and/or pop culture magazine lately, you've probably noticed that the Kangol Hats have made a major trendy comeback. Once a look associated with old Hollywood style and glamor, these fashionable hats had all but faded into the background of our style consciousness.

However, some current tenor inclinations have shown a definitive shift in our attitudes towards this sharp lid look.

The current popularity of fedoras can be traced to the first Indiana Jones movie when Indy, played by Harrison Ford, wears a safari style fedora, where the medium-to-large brim is turned down in the front and the back. The hat has become emblematic of the man. After that, all fedora styles took off. Today's fashionistas like their fedoras with stingy (short) brims - very much on the other side of the fedora brim length continuum from Indy.

Whether they know it or not, these young hipsters are the direct fashion descendants from Indiana Jones' Hat. Recent trends have proven that fedora hats have firmly planted themselves as a front-running style accessory.

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Men's fedora hats are felt hats that have a crease along the length of the crown and are pinched on both sides in the front. There are similar hats with an indent for the head at the top of the crown (a C crown) which are often called fedoras. The brim goes the whole way around and will often have a hat band. The trilby hat is not dissimilar to a fedora, but normally it will have a brim that is less broad with the brim distinctly more upturned as a result.

Originally, a female fashion statement going into the twentieth century, the term fedora was a male clothing accessory for the middle classes which started to be used around 1919. Popularity grew to the extent that by the early 1920's, it had taken over from the Homburg which was similar in design. Fedoras come in a variety of colours including black, grey, brown, tan and red.

Fedora as a word is taken from a late nineteenth century play by Victorien Sardou, which was written specifically for Sarah Bernhardt. The play, first performed in the United States in 1889, saw Bernhardt play Princess Fedora wearing a hat similar to a fedora. It was from this that it became a popular female fashion trend into early twentieth century America.

They became popular with men in bigger cities for its style and ability to shield one's head from the elements of wind and rain and the fact that it could be rolled up when not being used. Many Haredi and other orthodox Jews have worn black fedoras since the early 20th century and still do today.

The fedora is often associated with the era that saw the Great Depression and Prohibition with fedoras being worn by gangster types and detectives who brought them to justice for their criminal deeds. In Hollywood films throughout the 1940's, the hat was often worn by characters playing the role of a private detective or other perceived tough guy roles. Indeed, it was also used in films throughout the fifties with people like Gene Kelly sporting one in the classic 'Singin' in the rain.'

Frequently accompanying the fedora was the trench coat and it became somewhat of a costume, the most notable example being the character of Rick in the film Casablanca, played by Humphrey Bogart. Other iconic performances from fedora wearing actors include the Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi), Freddy Kruger (Nightmare on Elm Street), and the unforgettable Indiana Jones series of movies. The hat is also associated with the film noir genre.

The Fedora began to lose popularity by the late 1950's, particularly on the west coast of the United States, which is renowned for its more casual style of clothing. The switch from wide to narrow lapels resulted in hats with shorter brims, deeming the fedora redundant. Another factor was the smaller cars being manufactured which made driving when wearing a hat more difficult.

By the early 1970's, men's fedora hats were dead as a fashion item, rarely worn by anyone other than older men. Pop stars like Michael Jackson started a mini revival in the 1980's using black and white fedoras which became a trademark of his. Other notable wearers include Dallas Cowboys head coach Tom Landry and the novelist Terry Pratchett.

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PROPER FIT IS ESSENTIAL FOR LOOKING COOL AND FEELING COMFORTABLE

Your hat should look and feel like it was made just for you. Comfort is key. It should be reasonably snug so that a light wind can't blow it off of your head, but it should not be so tight as to cause discomfort or distraction. Hats that are the right size and shape for your head lend class and charisma to everything you wear. A properly fitting hat doesn't obscure your vision or fall to the floor whenever you bend over. It doesn't engulf your head, and it doesn't fit so tightly that it pops off unexpectedly. Your hat should be proportionate to the size of your face and head. An improperly fitting hat can make you look undignified, frumpy or comical, even if the hat itself is a masterpiece. Luckily, it's easy to determine your size, so you can choose your next fedora or Panama hat with confidence.

HOW TO...

To find your hat size, you'll need a soft, flexible tape measure or a piece of string and a ruler. If you're using a tape measure, wrap it around the back of your head about one-eighth of an inch above the top of your ears. Allow the two ends to meet in the center of your forehead above your eyes. Don't pull the tape tightly; it should rest gently against your skin. Release the tape while keeping your finger on the point opposite from the free end to mark your head circumference measurement. Record the measurement, and round it to up the nearest eighth of an inch; match this number to the hat sizing guides below. If you're using a piece of string, simply wrap it around your head until it meets in the middle of your forehead, cut off the excess, and measure the remaining string with a ruler to get your head size. Always measure at least twice to be sure that you're getting the most accurate results possible.

GENERAL HEAD MEASUREMENTS AND CORRESPONDING HAT SIZES

Head Circumference: 21 1/8″ to 21 1/2″ or 54cm to 55cm

General Size: Small

Specific Size: 6 3/4 - 6 7/8

Head Circumference: 21 7/8″ to 22 1/4″ or 56cm to 57cm

General Size: Medium

Specific Size: 7 - 7 1/8

Head Circumference: 22 5/8″ to 23″ or 58cm to 59cm

General Size: Large

Specific Size: 7 1/4 - 7 3/8

Head Circumference: 23 1/2″ to 23 7/8″ or 60cm to 61cm

General Hat Size: X-Large

Specific Hat Size: 7 1/2 - 7 5/8

Head Circumference: 24 1/4″to 24 5/8″ or 62cm to 63cm

General Hat Size: XX-Large

Specific Hat Size: 7 3/4 - 7 7/8

MEASURING WOES: WHEN ONE SIZE DOESN'T FIT ALL

Several factors can throw you off course when you're trying to measure your head for a new hat, but you may not encounter them until you try on a few of your favorites. Standard measurements may vary among manufacturers. For example, a medium-sized trilby hat made by one company may be slightly larger or smaller than a similar hat offered by a different brand. Some materials tend to create a looser or tighter fit than others. It's important to remember that sizing charts are approximate.

TIPS FOR MAINTAINING PROPER SIZE AND FIT FOR THE LIFE OF YOUR HAT

Even the best hats aren't invincible. Frequent wear, storage habits and the natural elements can sometimes alter their size and shape. However, by following a few basic guidelines, you can prevent most of the damage and help your hat retain its perfect fit.

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