The brimmed felt hat is having a moment (thanks, Pharrell). And for those new to the felt hat game, there are a few variables to consider, starting with material. Wool felt hats are sturdy and can take a beating, while finer materials, like rabbit fur, offer a refined touch without the durability. After material, you must consider what hat will complement your face shape. A soft, flexible brim often works well with square faces, while more structured brims work well with round face-shapes. The good news for lid buyers is, the boom in felt hats is offering plenty of variety, and for those looking to step up their hat game, there’s more than enough brimmed felt to go around.
Monitaly Leisure Hat
The Monitaly Leisure Hat is foldable, packable and can take a beating. It looks better the more you travel with it and can transition from mountain fly-fishing to art galleries without seeming out of place. Though good for any face type, this soft design will complement people with square face shapes.
Nonnative Laborer Hat
This offering from nonnative is one of the best on the market. Made in Japan from rabbit fur, it features top-quality materials with quiet style. Try this hat if you have a diamond- or square-shaped face.
Goorin Bros. Dean the Butcher
For an American-made fedora, Goorin Bros does things best. The wide-brim styling and range of colors make it work with most facial types, though this style will most nicely complement men with round faces.
Comesandgoes Traveler Hat
This unstructured hat from Comesandgoes is made from a wool/rabbit fur blend, and worn properly (translation: not worrying about it), it exudes the right amount nonchalance. Try it for any face shape, though it may complement diamond and square shapes best.
Lock & Co. Hatters Pork Pie
For those who want to make a statement with their headwear, look to Lock & Co.’s pork pie hat. Frank Sinatra and Lester Young wore this style, and it’s as iconic and it is timeless. This hat will suit people with square or oblong face-shapes.
Larose Green Zip Fedora
Made from 100 percent rabbit felt with a wider brim, this hat tosses in a bit of edginess to the mix, with a zipper detail on the left of the hat. Try this model if you have a square or oblong face-shape and a penchant for sartorial mystique.
Borsalino Superior Quality Fedora
This gray fedora, a top-shelf Borsalino model, features a narrow brim and a matching hatband. This showcases classic styling from an iconic brand, and it will go with most anything in your wardrobe. Though this will suit most facial shapes, the strong angles will complement a round face shape best.