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Pork Pie Hats are here to Stay

From Rude Boy Ska to Runway Couture

We’ve all seen the traditional rude boy ska style, whether your favorite bands include Reel Big Fish and The Specials or not. This fashion trend has been popular for years, but what you may not know is that this style is not just about thick rimmed glasses or thick sideburns; the essential accessory that adds the finishing touches to such a classic look is the pork pie hat.

And here’s a bit of news that may shock some of you - this casual men’s hat is now one of the hottest fashion must have accessories. As the models stepped out onto the runway earlier this year for a St. Louis fashion show, fashion headwear was the focus.

Pork pie hats provide an ultra sleek, super cool runway couture look that can easily go from day to night.

Take it from Chris Meloni, star of Law & Order SVU, who recently attended a fashion show at Bryant Park wearing a stunning gray pork pie hat.

Still don’t believe me? What if I told you this accessory has topped the head of soccer superstar David Beckham for a casual day of travel with his family?

What’s more - trendy ladies have been seen stepping out in these typical men’s hats. Fergie and Mischa Barton have been known to bend the rules before, so it’s not surprising that they’ve added pork pie hats to their funky celeb style.

Get these looks for less when you shop online at HatsintheBelfry.com. With a passion to provide the hottest styles and brands, their collection of porkpie hats is unsurpassed.

Belfry Street Butch Braided Straw Porkpie

Belfry Street Butch Porkpie Hat

Belfry Street Chili Braided Straw Porkpie

Belfry Street Chili Straw Porkpie Hat

It seems to me pork pie hats have sure made their mark on 2009 fashion as a trend that is here to stay. While I’m still unsure whether or not I’d wear one myself, it’s obvious for you fashion forward men and trendy ladies, these porkpie hats are a must!


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Straw Hat Day Nears, Time to put away the Felt

That’s right - Straw Hat Day is just over a week away which means it’s time to start boxing up your cold weather headwear and pulling out your spring straw hats. Usually celebrated at the ballpark, men in the stands would punch holes in their old hats and sail them out onto the field. Anyone wearing a felt hat would get his cover snatched and flung out too. And nowhere was this holiday more strictly observed than in Baltimore, the straw-hat capital of the world. A tradition dating back to the early 1900s when men wore suites and hats everywhere, from a Saturday afternoon stroll to a Sunday baseball game, today stands as true as the “no white before Memorial Day” fashion rule.

Belfry Street Barboni - Braided Straw Stingy Fedora

May 15 is the official start to your spring wardrobe, whether you’re ready with last year’s straw hats or looking to shop for this season’s hottest trends. I always trust the experts at HatsintheBelfry.com for my fashion accessories. Their passion for hats is unmatched, combining the best hat brands and designs to step out in style.

Belfry Arista - Organic Raffia Large Brim

Celebrate Straw Hat Day next Friday with men’s funky straw fedora hats or ladies straw hats from my favorite online hat store.


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The First-Time Hat Wearer’s Guide To Style!

May 4th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Fashion & Style

You were watching MTV (surprisingly, they still play music videos), and Ne-Yo’s Closer video comes on. You can’t help but notice the super-stingy fedora he’s wearing well. You’re on line at the grocery store, glance over at a copy of Enquirer Magazine, and you see a picture of Brad Pitt carrying one of his 193 kids (number slightly exaggerated), and he’s wearing a subtle, yet sleek ivy cap. From that moment on, you were in love (not with Ne-Yo, but with hats)! You’ve been looking to change up your look, and you decide that a hat is the perfect, affordable way to spice up your wardrobe. So now what…?

First-time hat buyers can struggle with finding their look, because not every type of hat looks good on every type of head! Finding that perfect lid to complete your whole style can be a difficult thing, especially when you’re shopping online. To make things a little easier, here are a few insider tips to making your first hat purchase one that you won’t regret.

- Know Your Head Size!!!: Having worked in an actual hat retail store before, one of the biggest mistakes people make is trying on a hat that does not fit them at all. Obviously a hat is going to look dumb on you if it’s two sizes too big. Make sure you take a good measurement of our head (use measuring tape. Often times a friend measuring your head is better, because they can actually see if the tape wraps around your head properly). I’m sure you know your shirt size, pant size, and shoe size, so know your head size!

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- You Can Almost Never Go Wrong With A Cap: A basic ivy or pub cap is one of the easiest looks to pull off (ivy caps work better for average/fuller faces, while pub caps work great for slender ones). Ivys and Pubs blend into outfits and crowds much easier as well, so if you’re not ready to make a huge statement yet, a cap may be your best bet.

- Don’t Be Afraid Of The Fedora!: Caps are easier looks to pull off. That being said, a basic fedora adds some flare without being too out there. Fedoras are a huge interest to our customers, so wearing one isn’t as taboo as a non-hat-wearer may think. The trick is finding a brim size and style that work best for you. Bigger brims are more classic, while stingy brims are more contemporary.

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- Men’s Hats Aren’t Just For Men Anymore: There are plenty of classic sun and beach hats for women to choose from. But if that doesn’t really fit your style, women’s hat fashion has much more diversity than it used to. Brands like Belfry Street, Goorin, and Grace offer different caps and styles for women that were once only worn by men. Don’t be afraid to step outside of the box.

- If At First You Don’t Succeed…: Too often do I hear “I’m just not meant to wear hats.” I’m ok with drawing that conclusion, but only after you’ve tried on some different styles. Like I said before, not every type of hat is good for any type of face/head, but with the variety of different styles that are out there, its now easier than ever to find one that’s right for you.

Hats make a statement. Its up to you to decide whether you want that statement to be loud and bold, or simply a subtle whisper.

- James

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