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We Tip Our Hats to the Hats of Mad Men

May 22nd, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Hats in the News

Although Mad Men is set in the cutthroat world of advertising in 1960s New York City, the series has undoubtedly sparked a modern interest in vintage business fashions. From Joan Holloway’s high-waisted dresses to Don Draper’s skinny ties, style-lovers have been keeping a close eye on the characters’ wardrobes. There’s one aspect of the ensembles in particular that has inspired Hats in the Belfry: the stylish, dapper and delightful Mad Men hats.

Don Draper

The most popular Mad Men-style hat is, without question, the Don Draper fedora. This polished protagonist regularly rocks a classic, dimpled fedora made from fur felt or straw. Generally done in menswear-appropriate grays and tans, the Don Draper fedora has a short, downturned brim with a crisp band and the occasional feather. Hey, there’s a reason why Jon Hamm donated one of Draper’s sleek, gray fedoras to the Smithsonian earlier this year — it’s a cultural icon.

Roger Sterling

Roger Sterling regularly complements his gray flannel suits with a hat of his own. Much like Draper’s, Sterling’s caps pay tribute to the old-school, gangster-inspired fedoras that rose to popularity in the 1920s and ‘30s. The only thing you’ll need to finish off this authentic Sterling look is a floor-length trench coat and a three-piece suit.

Joan Holloway

The fashion-forward Joan Holloway is the super-stylish secretary to Sterling Cooper that has inspired fashion envy with her brightly colored, tight-fitting workday wardrobe that’s complemented by fun, floral accessories. Channeling your inner Joan is easy with sweet side fasteners adorned with flower and jewel accents.

Peggy Olson

Hat-lovers never overlook the adorable Peggy Olson, Don Draper’s determined secretary. The unexpected fashion darling is known for wearing super-chic pillbox hats and knitted beanies that are set at the back of the crown. Something tells us Peggy Olson keeps a collection of cloches in her closet, too.

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How To Wear A Cloche Hat

May 15th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Fashion & Style

When worn properly, a cloche hat can bring timeless elegance to any ensemble, whether it be dressy or casual.

Traditionally, cloche hats are meant to be worn at a slight angle to hang over a small portion of the face. Ensure that you choose the proper hat size so that your cloche is snug enough over the crown of your head to stay put when worn at an angle. Reference our hat sizing guide to learn how to measure your head for sizing.

When choosing the right cloche hat for a specific outfit or occasion, pay close attention to materials used. Dressier cloche hats should be constructed from more structured materials, like luxurious fur felt or textured wool. If you’re looking for a more casual cloche hat, opt for one made from stylish straw or practical cotton.

If you’re in the market for a more vintage cloche, opt for a wide brim style that emphasizes the classic cap’s bell shape. Contemporary cloches may feature more updated adornments, like chain-link belting or slim hatbands. Cloches are a great way to highlight your hairstyle and complement pixie cuts, bobs and bang cuts.

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Our Hats vs. The Royals

May 8th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Hats in the News

Hats have always been a symbol of royalty, since at least as far back as the days of Pharaoh Cleopatra, who was known to wear exotic, winged headpieces made from gold and precious stones. Here’s how some of our hats stack up to ones worn by contemporary royals.

Princess Kate vs. Hats in the Belfry: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was seen sporting this Canadian-inspired, red maple leaf fascinator in honor of Canada Day in 2011. Our version, a chic floral fascinator made by Christine A. Moore, features the same decorated disc style with elegant top details.

Queen Elizabeth vs. Hats in the Belfry: Her Majesty donned this brightly-colored, floral straw hat on June 6, 2014 during a D-Day memorial service. The Plaza Suite Lanna formal sun hat features the same eye-catching green body plus dainty floral details to honor the queen herself.

Zara Phillips vs. Hats in the Belfry: Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips, wore this effortlessly chic all-black, belted cloche in march of 2010. The super stylish Belfry Celine shares the hat’s thin, double-belted style and subtle side bow.

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Spring Style Guide: Bucket Hats

May 5th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Hats in the News

Made famous by trendsetters like Pharrell Williams, Samuel L. Jackson and LL Cool J, the bucket hat has always been synonymous with cool. Here’s how you can use bucket hats to enhance your spring and summer ensembles with styles sold at Hats in the Belfry.

For the artist: The Kangol Marker Pen Rev features a Kangol logo pattern that appears to be hand-drawn with fresh ink. Artists love the delightful, inspiring doodles that adorn this hat.

For the trendsetter: The super casual Kangol Bermuda Bucket Hat features a textured, year-round fabric in a cool, Army-inspired shade. The central, embroidered Kangol logo adds a trendy touch.

For the utilitarian: The Belfry Grenville Bucket Hat is a weather-proof bucket hat made for enduring rain and snow. Constructed from a waxed cotton body, this rollable and packable bucket hat is essential for wear during downpours.

For the loafer: The casual Stetson Walt is an informal plaid trilby that keeps you looking laid-back. The cool window pane plaid gives off a cool confidence, making this hat great for wear from the streets to the beach.

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How To Pack A Panama Hat

April 10th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Hats in the News

Panama hats are generally made from woven straw material that’s known to compress without compromising the material or shape of the hat. This makes Panama hats great for travel, but you should follow these tips on how to pack a Panama hat to ensure that you don’t affect the hat’s permanent shape or quality.


First, you’ll want to turn down the brim on your Panama hat to create a flat-brimmed appearance. Next, carefully push out the crown and fold the hat in half to prepare for easier rolling. Place your finger into the crown portion to ensure that you’re rolling the hat loosely enough to avoid damaging the straw. Then you’ll want to lightly roll the hat into itself and secure it with a rubber band.

You can also pack your Panama hat without folding or rolling it by using it organize smaller items within your suitcase. The bowl-shaped crown on a Panama hat is great for storing small, clean necessities, like socks and swimsuits.

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How To Reshape A Straw Hat

April 6th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Hats in the News

It’s a common concern among hat-lovers: your straw hat has become misshapen and lopsided after being squished in storage for too long. Straw, especially high-quality straw, is a woven material that’s well-loved for its forgiving properties, so you should be able to reshape a straw hat using these restorative techniques.

By hand — Use your hands to gently pop out any dents or folds and then stuff the crown with tissue paper. Leave the tissue-stuffed hat for several hours or days to ensure that the straw adjusts to its new shape.

Using steam heat — You can safely steam straw hats that don’t have any inner wiring. Using a clothing steamer or the steam setting on your standard clothing iron, dampen the straw and then smooth the material by hand. If you want to uncurl the brim of a misshapen straw hat, lay something heavy along the brim to help re-flatten the edges after steaming.

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Kentucky Derby Fashion

April 1st, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Hats in the News

The Kentucky Derby is, in some ways, the Southern version of New York’s Fashion Week. Known as much for its horses as it is for its spectators’ lavish and elaborate hats, the Kentucky Derby is indeed the most exciting two minutes in sports and style. The ladies’ oversized and over-embellished hats are accompanied by authentic Southern Belle dresses dripping with bright colors and layers of accessories. Men also get the chance to show their sense of style with brightly colored khaki, linen and seersucker suits.


This distinctive fashion sense is built upon Kentucky Derby Founder Colonel Lewis M. Clark, Jr.’s original intent — to create an occasion that was inspired by European horse racing that would be both opulent and luxurious yet comfortable for spectators. Documented accounts from as early as 1901 describe Kentucky Derby masses as men and women done up in elaborate pastel attire. Because the event is held in May, spring-inspired frills like gloves, hats and parasols have always been hallmark accessories.

But the most famous element of Kentucky Derby Fashion is undoubtedly the women’s hats. Often custom-designed or handmade for the occasion, these outfit toppers can be true works of art. Typically, women don Southern-inspired, wide-brimmed hats that have been embellished with anything from whimsical flowers and feathers to miniature renderings of the famous Churchill Downs, proving that when it comes to Kentucky Derby hats, bigger and more elaborate is always better.

During modern derbies, men have also walked the red carpet in their own selection of caps. Men’s Kentucky Derby hats are often typical to the South, like fedoras and floppy brimmed hats made from appropriate materials like straw, linen or cotton. Men can get away with less adornment for the occasion, but some derby dudes have been seen sporting super wild and whimsical caps as well.

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Hats For The Adventurer

February 10th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Hats in the News

A hat should be the first item on any traveler’s packing list. Hats serve many practical purposes and can often determine whether an adventure is enjoyable or turns unbearable from lack of proper head protection. These three hats will have you covered from the carry-on traveler, to the stylish sightseer to the adventurous journeyer.


A Stetson hat rendered in a classic, safari style is the perfect first time traveler’s hat. It is constructed of a cotton blend that is easily wearable across climates and its 2.5” brim will protect you from sun rays. The hat’s crushable feature means you can easily roll, stuff or otherwise pack this hat in your luggage without worry of losing the shape.


You will be ready for an array of adventures in this Woolrich fedora. The classic Outback style look will have you ready for anything your trip throws at you – from casual to even semi-formal outings. The hat’s protective features include a wool felt body which will keep you warm while its water repellant capabilities will keep you dry. The wide 3” brim is perfect for shielding eyes and neck from harsh sun rays.


Perhaps the ultimate in adventuring hats, this 100% Australian oilskin cotton safari hat is waterproof, floatable and provides excellent UPF UV sun protection. It boasts a quick dry sweatband and side grommets that make it perfect for long wear, while the adjustable drawstring make it easy to pop on and off while you’re conquering the trails or other adventures. Tucked away into the crown is a small pocket where you can discreetly store your valuables.

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Formal Hat Styles For Men

January 27th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Hats in the News

There is nothing quite like a formal hat to bring out the gentleman in any guy. Typically reserved for special events (think: wedding, funeral or black/white tie), the formal hat is a solid wardrobe investment. These three styles will suit all of your formal hat needs.


A top hat is a tall, flat-crowned, wide-brimmed hat that was worn extensively until the middle of the 20th century. Since then, it has fallen out of favor in every day wear and is typically reserved for the most formal of occasions such as church weddings, derby horse racing events or white tie occasions. This classic top hat has a slightly shorter crown than the typical Stovepipe hat, measuring in at 5”, making it budget friendly and yet still appropriate for formal occasions. Adorned with a grosgrain band and bound 2” brim edges, this top hat will have you looking dapper in no time.


The Derby/Bowler hat has earned its place in formal hat history by being a go-to for formal occasions when a top hat was too much. Originally designed for the working class in Britain, this hat worked its way up the social ladder to become the dress code of the Queen’s Guard. The hat eventually made its way to the U.S. where it was known as the “bowler.” This vintage derby is made from a soft fur felt material, naturally more durable than basic wool. It features an all black exterior, complimented by a 12 ligne grosgrain band and a jet-black feather. Wearing this vintage style hat is a great way to declare your own fashion sense.


The classic Homburg hat holds a special place in hat history and today’s modern hat fashion. The Homburg was the original formal hat, out-pacing the top hat and the derby across Europe and America for formal occasions for many years. More recently, the hat was dubbed “the Godfather” in popular American culture and is most associated with Notorious B.I.G. wearing a classic Homburg in various public appearances and performances. This Homburg has a 100% felt wool body, 2 ¼” brim, 4” crown and is made in the U.S.A. You can reserve this for formal events such as a wedding or break it out for a casual event where you will be sure to stand out from the crowd.

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Must Have Hats For 2015

January 20th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Hats in the News

What better way to ring in the New Year than with a new hat? Hats are a universal accessory that is both fashionable and practical. Invest in these styles of hats and you’ll be covered, literally, for all occasions and seasons in 2015.


The baseball cap is a great casual accessory for men. Choose one that is rendered in unique fabrics or patterns and you will stand out from the crowd. For an added bonus, choose a cap like this one with ear flaps that fold up when not in use for a multi-season/occasion hat.


A Fedora is a classic hat that never goes out of style. Look for a sophistical contemporary style that is water repellant with a contoured brim like this one and you will have a hat you can wear whenever the weather turns wet.


January is never too soon to start dreaming for the lazy, hot summer days to come. A pork pie hat in bleached white with a study straw woven body is just the thing to keep you shaded and looking stylish while beating the heat.


In milder months, a lightweight newsboy cap in cotton is a great option. Pick one in plaid for a fashionable take on the classic look that will keep you covered and cool.


The baseball cap isn’t just for men anymore. It made a fashion comeback for women in 2014 and the trend isn’t going anywhere. For a simple update, try a mod cap in solids for a classic look or a mix of patterns and textures for something a little out of the ordinary.


A fashion fedora is a great option for nearly every occasion. One in a rich, teal hue with a generous brim is a sleek and stylish look that is guaranteed to be worn over and over again in the year to come.


A light weight hat will be your spring and summer companion, so it’s best to choose wisely. This wide braid raffia hat with hand rolled brim and Italian grosgrain band will look stunning on and off the beach.


Shielding one’s self against the rain can be difficult with just a hood or umbrella. Choose a striking bucket hat with contrasting details to make weathering the rain an altogether appealing experience.

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