Fedora Hats and Four Other Essential Styles for Your Fall Wardrobe

Ahh the hat, an accessory men should not (or cannot, depending on the climate where he lives) leave home without this Fall.  Hats come in all shapes and shades, but there are five key styles fashionable gents should make sure to have on hand as the weather begins to change.  Read what they are and how these headpieces evolved.

The Fedora

“Messenger” Fedora from Tenth Street Hats, $100

First worn in the late 1800s by women, the fedora became popular with men in the 1920s after the then Prince of Wales was seen wearing it regularly.  This hat has gone in and out of style over the last century but has recently seen a resurgence in popularity.  It is also very versatile, easily worn with a suit as well as a more casual look like jeans and a button-down shirt.  A tip is to buy a fedora in a dark, neutral color you can easily mix with your Fall pieces.

The Beanie

Balenciaga Beanie from Mr. Porter, $270

This is the ultimate cool guy hat.  First popularized in the early 1900s, the beanie was immediately adopted by students and blue-collar workers alike, the latter using it to keep warm while working outside during the colder months.  The beanie experienced an uptick in popularity in the 1990s when minimalism, grunge and hip-hop inspired looks were in fashion. This hat continues to be a fall go-to and is definitely one you can easily incorporate into any street style look.