If you’re going to Goodwood Revival and you’re looking for a hat to wear, here’s a brief guide to help you.
The dress code for Goodwood Revival, although not compulsory, is mainly British vintage from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s so you have plenty of styles to choose from. Our hats embrace all of these eras so whether you are looking for caps, panamas, fedoras or trilbies, we have plenty to choose from. And these popular hats can also be worn on other occasions too. The Goodwood official dress code and FAQs can be found here.
If you’re looking for Father’s Day gifts then why not say ‘Hats off’ to your Dad and show your admiration by giving him the gift of a hat!
Here’s a quick guide to some of our hats which we think your Dad will love!
For the Dad who thinks he’s Indiana Jones, then why not buy him his very own Indiana Jones Style Hat – “Snakes, why did it have to be snakes!”
Or, for the Dad who thinks he’s Frank Sinatra! What about one of our New York Style Trilby Hats – he’ll soon be singing ‘New York, New York’!
Don’t forget the Dad who likes Leonardo Dicaprio, who is famous for wearing all sorts of different styles of caps.
Or for the Dad who’s a fan of Peaky Blinders, we have 8-piece Baker Boy Caps
For the Dad who loves Country & Western, what about one of our Cowboy Hats.
And the great Summer Hat worn by many celebrities including Anthony Hopkins, Sean Connery, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Humphrey Bogart to name a few as the list goes on. Your Dad can be pretty much whichever celebrity he wants to be with a Panama Hat!
The Melusine Fur Felt Top Hat with it’s silky, long haired finish is the hat to be seen in as opposed to a Wool Felt Top Hat. Wool Felt Top hats are also a great quality hat but are not as luxurious and if you’re in the Royal Enclosure, you’ll want luxury!
This is our ultimate hat to wear at Royal Ascot. This is the finest Top Hat that we have and the crown measures 6¼” rather than the standard 5¼”. This Top Hat is a fine fur topper – and is highly polished to give the elegant sheen replicating the silk Top Hats that are no longer made. This hat has white satin style lining printed with the Christys’ Coat of Arms logo. The brim is approximately 5cm (2″). With it’s height and fine fur, Christys’ Fine Fur Highly Polished Taller Top Hat really is our finest recommended hat to wear at Royal Ascot.
This hat is similar to our first choice taller top hat above but has the standard 5¼” crown and has a wool felt band trim instead of the grosgrain ribbon band trim. So if you prefer the standard size top hat as opposed to the taller top hat, then this would be the hat for you.
This Christys’ Grey Fur Felt Top Hat is another luxurious hat and is ideal for the man who prefers to wear a Grey Top Hat. It’s a standard 5¼” and has a black wool felt band trim. This hat is also luxuriously lined with Christys’ satin style lining printed with their Coat of Arms.
In summary, here’s a quick comparison table to help you choose. Simply click on the links to visit our website for more details about each individual hat:
To find your hat size, simply place a flexible tape measure around your head where you would like the hat to sit (above your ears and across your forehead). Here’s a Hat Size Chart to help you determine your hat size.
Are you looking to buy a hat for someone as a gift but you’re not sure which hat to buy?
Then. hopefully, this short guide will help point you in the right direction.
Here are some of our best sellers and our favourite mens hats to help you with your choice.
The favourite Trilby Hat at the moment is our Camden Trilby and this seems to be particularly popular in Navy. Many customers have been wearing them to weddings either as a Guest or as the Groom. This has also been popular at Vintage Weddings. So for the classic Frank Sinatra style, this is definitely a great choice and exceptional value for money too.
For the Outdoor Adventurer, our popular Leather Hat is The Explorer. This is hardwearing and waterproof and has been worn all over the world! This Leather Bush Hat keeps you warm and dry in the winter and keeps you cool and protected from the sun in the summer. Perfect for Explorers and Adventurers on their travels – even if it is only a walk up the road!
For the classic Cowboy look, we have a range of Cowboy Hats here but one of our most popular choices is this Suede Look Cowboy Hat. It’s a stiff build hat and has the classic upturned brim with cattleman crown. This will certainly get them saying “Yee Haw”!!
For a traditional Pork Pie Hat, this grey pork pie is a popular choice and comes complete with a removable feather. Pork Pie Hats became popular in the USA by Buster Keaton and reached its height of popularity in the 1940’s. However, it’s now worn by hipsters and jazz aficionados around the world. More recently, it came to symbolise Walter Whites’ alter ego ‘Heisenberg’ in the cult TV series Breaking Bad so the Black Pork Pie would be a great choice for Breaking Bad Fans.
For Peaky Blinders fans, a Peaky Blinders Cap would go down a treat! We have a selection of 8-piece Baker Boy Caps and a popular choice at the moment is our Gatsby Cap. It’s made from Melton Wool and has a quilted satin lining and is available in Grey, Navy or Black.
We also offer Free UK Delivery as well as Free UK Returns (which has currently been extended until 15th January 2018 to cover Christmas Returns) so if the gift bearer doesn’t like the hat or they’d like to exchange it for a different size, colour or style, they can do so easily for a full refund or an exchange.
And, if you’re really not sure which hat to buy, you can always buy a Gift Voucher so they can choose themselves.
If you have any questions, please feel free to visit our FAQs or get in touch. We’d be happy to help.
Keep the heat in by keeping warm and cosy during the cold winter months with a knitted beanie. Whether you are looking to keep the cold off your ears or the rain off your head, here’s a selection of our favourite beanies all of which are supplied by KuSan Accessories – a brand that believes in ‘Trade not Aid’ and work to ethical principles so you can feel warm inside and out. All KuSan hats are handmade in Nepal from New Zealand wool and are fleece lined to keep you extra snug!
Choosing the best beanie to suit you depends on what you are looking for. Whether it’s style, colour, or warmth, choosing the right beanie (or beanies) comes down to personal choice. If you are out in cold weather for a long time, then a thick chunky knit which is insulated would be a good choice. But if you’re out briefly and you are looking for something to match an outfit, then colour and style would be more important. How long do you want your woolly hat to be? Do you want it to cover your ears and neck or do you just need it to cover above your ears? Do you want a bobble hat with a pom pom? Here’s a choice below to give you some idea on what to look for…
If slouch is more your style and you are looking for a longer beanie that falls over the back of your head, style it like Beckham with a slouch beanie. This style features khaki green snowflakes and will match pretty much most outfits. Grab this one quick if it’s your choice as it’s been reduced to £17.95
For a more feminine look, this shorter style beanie with removable crochet flower and lurex metallic silver knit gives a cosy chic look whilst keeping you warm. This is available in blue, pink or grey.
For the true winter or Christmas theme hat, then our winter beanie with pom pom comes fully fleece lined to keep you warm over the Christmas season. This style is available in Black, Grey or Navy. Just click on the previous colours for more info on each one. These come fully fleece lined and are £22.95
Do you ever wonder what hat style would suit your face shape best?
Well, here’s a guide to help you.
The most important thing to remember is what hat do you feel good in!
So please bear in mind that the guide below is simply just a guide and it may be full of tips to show you how to make a longer face look shorter or how to make a round face look less round but if you feel that you want to highlight your roundness or length then do the opposite of the guide below!! Bring out your unique individual style and personality with the hat that feels right for you – the only real way to tell is to try lots on!! And also, remember embrace the beauty of the shape of your face – all shapes are beautiful!
If you have a lovely round face with a wide forehead and full cheeks with a rounded chin, then you would ideally need to look for a more angular style hat to balance your roundness. You are lucky that you are able to wear asymmetrical shapes with a high crown and peaked or slanted brim. You can accentuate by slanting your hat forward to create attractive angles. Create length to your face by wearing high crowns which will not only give height but will also slim the face. Straight brims add asymmetry. Choose hats with crowns that are at least as wide as your face. The best hats would be: Pinched Crown Fedoras, Newsboy Caps, Baseball Caps, Medium-Long Brim Fedoras, Trilby Hats. Hats to avoid would be: Rounded crowns, wide crowns or brims (as they accentuate the roundness). Instead go for height with a pinched crown and avoid low or flat hats
If you have an oval (egg shaped) face you are lucky that you have a versatile choice of hats. Your forehead is slightly larger than your jawline. Your face is longer than it is wide and you have a straight line from your slightly wider temple to your narrower jaw with an angled round chin. Ideally, you would want a hat that sits low on your forehead with a wide or flared brim. Hat styles that suit you best are Fedora Hats, Cowboy Hats, Cloches that sit low on the forehead, Newsboy Caps, Fishermen Caps, Boater style with rounded brims. It’s best to avoid narrow or flat brims and go for low crowns and wide flared brims.
Similar to the oval face, again this is a very versatile shape for hats. You have a high forehead and a round chin. Your face has more length than width. The sides of your face go straight down so looking for round shaped hats to counterbalance these straight lines would usually be recommended. Even out the length of your face with low short crowns and flared brims for width and roundness. Sun Hats with low crowns and wide brims are the perfect style as they reduce the length and the roundness of a wide brim, especially if it’s a floppy brim. Cloche Hats worn low to the eyebrows helps conceal high foreheads and can create the illusion of a shortened face. Newsboy Caps and Bucket Hats also suit oblong faces with a low crown and wider rounded brim. Ideally, avoid tall crowns which can over-emphasise the length of your face.
If you have a square face, you have a lovely angular shape and a strong jawline. You will have a wide forehead and wide cheekbones. The length of your face will be almost equal to the width. As you have an angular face, go for the opposite to soften the angles by going for curves and round hats to provide contrast to your angular jawline. Floppy hats are a good choice as they have a curvy wide brim to counterbalance the angular features. Curvy lines like bowler hats also suit square faces. Round crowns and brims can smooth the angles of a square face by giving height and roundness. Tilting the hat to the side can help break the symmetry and add roundness to your features. Hats to go for would be: Bowler Hats, Pork Pie Hats, Sun Hats, Floppy Hats, Cowboy Hats, Homburg Hats, Cloche Hats, Look for hats which elongate and cushion your facial contours. Hats to avoid would be short brim or no brimmed hats and square hats – go for rounder hats!
Like a gorgeous diamond, the forehead and chin are narrower and the cheekbones wider. Again, this face shape has angular contours with a tapered chin. Features to go for would be moderate to wide brims and pinched crowns. Again round style hats can counterbalance the angular contours. Round Bowler Hats can give the illusion of a rounder forehead and trilby hats have shorter brims with pinched crowns. Moderate brims help reduce the width of the cheekbones whereas wider brims would emphasise the cheekbones more.
Heart Shaped Face
The lovely heart shape face features a broad forehead and wide cheekbones with a pointed chin – the chin being the narrowest part. Choose styles which slim the forehead to make it appear narrower. Balance out the width of your forehead with a medium brim. By slanting the hat to one side, you can slim your face and draw attention to your eyes. Best hats to go for would be medium brim Fedoras, Boaters, Cloche Hats, Homburgs, Beanies and Berets (as they balance out the width of your forehead). Avoid large brims that accentuate your wide forehead.
Triangular/Pear Shaped Face
The versatile triangular shaped face is like the shape of a pear with it’s larger jawline and small forehead and small cheekbones. So just like the oval face, there are endless options with this lucky face shape – you can get away with wearing lots of different shapes and styles! Really all you need to do is avoid crowns that are narrower than your cheekbones – which is actually the case with all face shapes. You can bring balance to your shoulder line and have a taller crown to counterbalance your smaller forehead.
If your face shape is a mixture of the above types, then mix the suggestions to find the best hat for you.
So in a nutshell, shorter length faces need crown height to lengthen the face whereas longer length faces need low crowns to shorten the face. Angular faces need rounder style hats to soften the angles whereas rounder faces need straight brims and lines.
We could also talk about colours but will save that for another post! If you’ve ever had your colours done then go with those colours. But in a nutshell, go for similar colours that you normally like to wear to suit you – which can often be browns for brown eyes, blues for blue eyes etc. If you have darker skin tone, you can go for warmer toned hats. If you have autumnal colouring ie red hair, green eyes then often autumnal colours would suit you.
I hope this guide has given you a bit of an idea on what style of hat to go for but the only real way to tell is to try some on! And don’t forget to embrace the shape of your face!
Trilby and Fedora Hats have quite a tall crown and wide brim and are often distinguished by their ‘pinch’ on the front of the crown. The pinch is where you would pick up your hat using your thumb and finger so has an indent to allow for this.
Fedora hats (example above) have a wide brim whereas Trilby hats have a small brim (example below).
As you can see, there aren’t really any typical Fedoras or Trilbys. There are many variations dependent on individual taste and style as well as practicality. The creased indents vary, the pinches vary, the material varies, the band varies, the brim varies etc. What’s your personal preference? What do you look for?