Wearing and History of Fedora Hats
What is a fedora hat? Depending on whom you
ask you will get many different answers.
The word fedora originally comes from the play Fedora
written in France by Victorien Sardou and shown in Paris in 1882. The
style, which originally comes from the Austrian Tyrol, is a soft, brimmed
hat that has a crease lengthwise across the top of a tapered crown.
Fedora hats are easy to personalize
because they have a snap brim, a flexible brim all the way around, which
is usually worn down in the front and up in the back. People can and do
find numerous ways to take a fedora and change the look. Just manipulate
the brim up or down in the front and back, or on the sides. If you are
adventurous or an experienced hat wearer you may even want to change the
pinch in the crown to varying degrees. You can flip the brim in all kinds
of ways, put it on and shape it the way you want it. You just take the hat
and make it your own! Beyond the fedora, the derby and homburg, both with
stiff, curled brims, are slightly more formal hats that will provide
variety for dress or business wear. The homburg, with its well-defined
rolled brim, is the more popular and versatile of the two.
It does not take courage or an eccentric
spirit to wear a dress hat in many parts of the country, certainly not in
Detroit, Chicago, or Memphis where they love the blues. Great cities, they
are excellent places for hat lovers, with dozens of places to listen to
the blues and enough men wearing great hats to make you feel right at
home. Musicians and music lovers like to dress and have always been
men's headwear has survived for centuries as highly visible symbols of the
well dressed man.
will see them on people of all ages from all walks of life like lawyers,
doctors, politicians, news anchors, clergy, factory workers, tradesmen,
actors, and many types of musicians like blues, jazz, as well as rap and
hip-hop singers and current pop artists.
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