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‘Shutter Island’ Flips Lids with Classic Fedoras

Submitted by on December 16, 2010 – 6:06 am One Comment

When a murderess has escaped from an asylum on an island, you wouldn’t think there would be many places for her to go. However, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) are sent to find her. But when their investigation begins to turn up evidence of problems at the asylum, their very sanity is called into question in this thriller from the summer of 2010.

Set in 1954, DiCaprio and Ruffalo take on the classic detective look of the era. Short ties, raincoats and fedoras. The look works great for them, especially DiCaprio, who doesn’t have your typically dashing Hollywood mug. Yet for both men, the dress hats help frame their faces well.

This is a steel color fedora called the Biltmore Stewart

Leonardo DiCaprio wears a grey fedora similar to this Biltmore Stewart fur felt dress hat in the movie "Shutter Island." The feather is optional, and you can pluck yours to look more like Leo.

DiCaprio and Ruffalo appear to wear different colors of the same model hat. The fur felt fedoras have a C-crown, or teardrop-shaped crown, that is wrapped with a medium to wide bow band–no feather.┬á Naturally, each government man wears his snap brim in the down position.

The fedora worn by DiCaprio looks like a Biltmore Stewart in steel or a Stetson Downs in caribou with a dark band. Ruffalo’s hat is harder to place. Although it is the same shape as the hats just named, we don’t carry those models in the tan/tawny felt with a dark brown band. We DO have have center-dent crown fedoras with similar coloring. The Selentino Sterling in light camel and the Stetson Temple in tawny will work nicely.┬á If you want a fancier silk finish to the hat, the Stetson Firenze in tawny also is great.

No matter what you choose, you’ll be sure to cause a sensation. At the bar, at the office, at the party…just stay away from the asylum.

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