Once upon a time, hats were one of the most important accessories for men, and no, we’re not talking about that sweat-stained baseball cap your dad wears to mow the lawn. We’re talking about proper, old-school, brimmed hats that exude style, character, and history.
Whilst serving a functional purpose for protection against the elements, hats are a great opportunity to share your origins, style, and even holiday plans. How so? Donning an Akubra Cattleman with jeans shows people you’re either a country boy or a concrete cowboy, whilst a Panama with chinos shows people you’re either a classy lad looking for some shade or going on holiday to Fiji next week.
Whatever you’re trying to say or look like, there is a hat for you, and getting it right will help you stand out for all the right reasons.
With over 40 different hat styles alone, it can be difficult to find the right one so to make your decision easier, here is our selection of the best hats for men.
Will & Bear
Price: From $119
Australian brand, Will & Bear make hats for men that are one part stylish, one part affordable. They offer a wide range of timeless styles and materials and are currently planting ten trees in Senegal for every hat that is bought.
Anderson & Sheppard
Price: From $160
Anderson & Sheppard have been producing high quality clothing for royals and statesmen for the past century. Naturally their men’s hats are made to the highest standards and will look cool for years if not decades to come.
Price: From $239
Borsalino is an Italian brand, world renowned for their hats that are made to the highest European standards. They’re most famous for their felt fedoras that are masculine and elegant. However, they also have a range of stylish flat caps and panama hats.
Price: From $65
Brixton is a great men’s hat brand for those who are wanting to get in on the headwear game without breaking the bank. They offer almost every kind of hat and are incredibly well-made considering their affordable prices.
Price: From $115
Since 1897, Filson has been manufacturing clothing and accessories for miners, prospectors, and lumber men out of Seattle, Washington. Their men’s hats are hardy, tough, and will add a rugged touch to any outfit.
Price: From $1,268
Sizes: One Size
If you’re looking for something a little more luxurious with an edge, then Fouquet is the hat brand for you. Designed in Los Angeles and made from exclusive raw materials, Fouquet offers a different and unique take on traditional hatsn for men, with the result being bold daring hats that’ll make you stand out in the crowd.
Price: From $265
Frescobol Carioca is a Brazilian brand now famous for their lux resort wear that is available in bold patterns and colours. Their Panama hats are handmade in Ecuador, much like the original Panama hats were in the 1600s. These hats will keep you protected in style.
Lock & Co. Hatters
Price: From $530
Lock & Co. Hatters is possibly the world’s most famous hat maker with a rich heritage steeped in tradition. Since 1676, the company has made a range of straw, felt, cotton, and woollen hats for men that are available in every style. They designed the original bowler hat and continue to make stylish traditional and contemporary hats.
Price: From $95
Stetson was founded in 1865 by one John Stetson, before he set off on his own adventure of pioneering the American West. Believe it or not, Stetson hats are the original ‘cowboy’ hat and have continued to be made in the USA. They offer a great range of felt and straw hats for men that are built to the highest quality and will stand the test of time.
Price: From $96
For almost 100 years, the Bailey Hat Company has been producing hats for celebrities and the public alike. Renowned for quality and timeless style, any men’s hat from Bailey’s is a worthy investment.