Out of all the fashion accessories you can wear, hats are easily the most practical and helpful of the bunch. Capable of blocking the sun on a bright day, helping you hide a thinning head, or even using it as a way to cover hair you’re too lazy to style. Regardless of why you choose to wear a hat, it’s a stylish way of quite literally topping off an outfit. However, ball caps aren’t often the most stylish or appropriate choice. That’s why it might make sense to reach for something that’s a little nicer — which is where fedoras come into play.
Fedoras, in some corners of the Internet, get a bad rep. But the key is to opt for a wider style. These wide-brim hats have more in common with cowboy hats of yesteryear than anything else, making them a clean and sophisticated way of elevating a look. Think of wearing them in the same way that a cowpoke might, with your best denim and a killer jacket. Regardless of how you choose to wear it, we’ve rounded up eight of the best men’s fedoras on the market. So saddle up, slip one on, and ride out knowing that you’re looking you’re best.
1. Stetson Cromwell Crushable Fedora
Stetson has been the maker of quality hats since the late 1800s (!), so they know a thing or two crafting a suitable wide-brim fedora. The Cromwell model is made from a crushable wool that will regulate your body temperature while also providing a stylish option for your dome. Garnished with a stylish leather band and metal Stetson-branded button, pair it with a full jean ensemble to unleash your inner yee-haw energy.
2. Pendleton Indiana Fedora
You guessed correctly: The “Indiana” in the name of this hat from Pendleton comes from none other than the titular Indiana Jones himself. Modeled after his classic hat, this fedora is a wide-brim offering that’s crafted in a darker hue for use with all kinds of climates and outfits. In addition to being made from an easy-to-pack wool material, the hat also been treated with a material to make it slightly water-resistant should you happen to get caught in the rain.
3. J.Crew Packable Panama Fedora
BEST SUMMER HAT
While there’s a case to be made that they’re a hat all their own, Panama hats as a name refers more to the construction and material used than the style of the hat in question. In fact, it skews closer to a fedora than anything else. With the semantics aside, this hat from J.Crew is made from a really lightweight, straw material that’s well-suited for warmer weather or long days on in the sun. Definitely make sure you pull up a lounge chair poolside and grab a mojito while you rock this one.
4. Brixton Messer II Felted Wool Fedora
With a rich granite color, this wool men’s fedora from Brixton makes for a clean addition to any outfit. It is offset by a rich and rugged leather band that ties the whole hat together in a classically stylish package, and will look damn good with almost anything you rock. It’s one of the brand’s classic offerings, boasting a stiff brim that provides a solid structure. While it’s not as inherently packable as some of the other options on this list, its sturdy construction makes it one of the most stylish fedoras on this list.
5. Scala Classico Wool Felt Fedora
If all black worked for Johnny Cash, it’ll work for you. This fedora from Scala is done in a charcoal colorway that will let you channel your inner Westworld should you so desire, or just work to pair off a sturdy winter ensemble. With its wool construction, it’ll keep you warm too. Just be sure not to pack it away during travels, as the wool might lose its shape. But like any of the best men’s fedoras on our list, packability is a worthy sacrifice for quality.
6. Bailey Tino Snap Brim Wool Fedora
While most of the hats we’ve featured here tend to edge more towards the wider-brim style of fedora, this version from Bailey is more of the traditional style. This shorter style is made in caramel wool that’s a brighter neutral which is easy to work into any outfit. Additionally, the included feathers can be removed at any point should you want to add a bit of character, or tone it down if needed.
7. Bailey of Hollywood Fedora
If you’re looking for a fedora you can wear for extended periods of time without it getting too sweaty or uncomfortable, this selection from Bailey of Hollywood is your best bet. Inside the interior of the hat is a padded comfort sweatband that helps to wick moisture away so your brow doesn’t get too sweaty, while also resting in such a way that it almost feels like it isn’t there. Plus, there are a variety of different colors available, so you can find a version that best suits your individual style.
8. Filson Tin Packer Canvas Fedora
Wool might be too tough of a material for some, so having a hat crafted from a durable canvas like this one from Filson is a good alternative. As sort of a cross between a standard fedora and a bucket hat, this Tin Packer is a bit rounder in style. The benefit of having the canvas though is to provide some protection from not only rain, but to make it really packable. Perfect for outdoor wear (i.e., hiking) it’s only going to get better looking the more the canvas gets broken in.