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Happy Hatterween!

October 23rd, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Fashion & Style

Whether you are a professional Halloweener or looking for a quick and easy costume, selecting the perfect hat is exactly the place to start. A great hat can compliment costumes ranging from historical figures to fictional characters to occupational.

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Felt Fedora – Blue’s Brothers

Grab you best buddy, put on a black suit, sunglasses, and top it off with a black felt fedora hat. If you have a singing and dancing act, that is an added bonus.

Other costume ideas: 1920’s Gangster, Indiana Jones, Freddy Kruger, Frank Sinatra

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Boater Hat – Barbershop Quartet

You can go with a group or venture alone, but all you need to pull off this look is a classic boater hat, bow tie, and striped jacket. With the appropriate hat, if your pitch perfect harmonies aren’t quite refined, that will be overlooked.

Other costume idea: Gondola Operator

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Cloche Hat – Flapper

The 1920’s fashions would not be complete without the appropriate headwear. The cloche hat was part of the it style during that time period and is essential to completing the flapper costume.

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Deerstalker – Sherlock Holmes

There is no mistaking the iconic hat that is synonymous with the fictional character, Sherlock Holmes. A deerstalker hat, trench coat, and pipe are all you need to pull of this look.

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Bowler Hat – Charlie Chaplin

The bowler hat is a style made famous by the funny man, Charlie Chaplin. Do not forget to paint on his signature mustache and use the cravat style tie knot.

Other costume idea: Clockwork Orange

See our full list of recommended Halloween Hats

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7 Famous Movie Hats

July 17th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted in Hats in the News

Hollywood puts out thousands of movies each year, each with different plots, characters, and settings. Some movies take off without a hitch and make millions of dollars on the opening night! These famous movies often have characters that wear some stylish hats that really make their character who they are. Some of these hats are so iconic that you can buy their famous hats online and in stores! Instead of listing all of the hats, we’ll cover 10 of these famous hats that you may recognize.indiana-jones-5512

  1. Indiana Jones – Indiana Jones, the epitome of adventure, wears the famous fedora. He wears his hat through all of his adventures, whether he’s in high-speed car chases, swinging across seemingly-endless chasms, or in an intense gun fight. Without his famous fedora hat, he’s just another adventurer.
  2. Walter White – Walter White, the main character from AMC’s Breaking Bad, is found with his pork pie hat. Throughout the series, Walter grows to be more of a drug kingpin, where he gains more confidence and power. When he grabs his hat you know he has a plan and he means business. When he wears his hat it is meant to symbolize him as his alias “Heisenberg”, and represents the fear he strikes in others, the confidence he gains, and the intimidation he uses to his advantage.
  3. John T. Chance – John Wayne plays the Westerner Sheriff Chance, who keeps the peace in Presidio County in the movie Rio Bravo. Wayne plays this iconic character who wears an old fashioned cowboy hat. Chance represented pure masculinity, and his hat was right along with him. His hat never left his head throughout the movie, and many other John Wayne movies to follow. Chance kept his calm voice, while still beating people to the ground.
  4. Dr. Seuss – Dr. Seuss was an iconic figure in the children’s book industry and was impossible to picture without his red and white hat. Seuss’ books used a unique poetic meter that attracted a lot of publicity and attention to his books, while of course giving us a good laugh in the process. Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat is arguably his most famous work and could never be depicted without the famous hat. The hat was part of the reason it was so humorous.
  5. Ellen “The Lady” – Sharon Stone plays as Ellen “The Lady” in The Quick and the Dead. Throughout this movie Ellen was a dangerous gunslinger with some of the quickest draws you’ll ever see. She wears her own cowboy hat which stays with her throughout the movie until she gets revenge on Herod. This hat stands as a perfect symbol for women’s strength and courage…men aren’t the only people who get the famous hats here!
  6. Willy Wonka – Willy Wonka is one of the most popular movies from the 70’s, with a fairly recent 2005 remake. In every scene Wonka wore a purple top hat that was always easy to spot and kept the other characters attention at all times. Even though he was a bit strange, he kept a leadership position throughout the movie.
  7. Dumbledore – Dumbledore was one of the key characters from the Harry Potter series. He was always wearing his tassel hat, a common wizardry hat. Dumbledore was idolized as a powerful wizard that would fight the dangers of the world with the help of his accomplices.

When you think of your favorite movie character, it’s difficult to picture them in any other way than what they played in that movie. In many cases, such as those listed above, they are automatically associated with a particular hat as well. Hats are for keeping up an appearance, dressing up, and sometimes to give confidence; however, this is not how we view them on most people. You may never see someone without a particular hat on, which eventually makes the hat a part of them. In Hollywood, hats are used not just as an article of clothing, but also a part of the person. The choice of hats is crucial in building characters and the setting of a movie or scene. Need more proof? Try picturing your favorite hat-wearer in your favorite scene, but this time without a hat! It’s not easy.

Hats In The Belfry offers most of the hats listed above, if not something very close to it. Browse our hat selection and see if you can find your favorite movie hat!

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The Fedora: A Fashion Statement

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Every generation has its own unique sense of style, and in recent years, there hasn’t been a larger fashion statement then fedoras. These simple hats have made quite a stir in the fashion industry. We, the consumers, see celebrities wearing fedoras all the time, and this once thought formal masculine head wear has been transformed into a very unique item of any wardrobe.

Fedora hats were born in the late 1800’s, as a fashion accessory to depict the upper class. The fedoras popularity soared as it was prominently featured throughout 1940’s cinema as it adorned the heads of movie’s most famous detectives and gangsters. The fedora is still continuing to grow in popularity as a greater variety of styles are introduced, allowing for a plethora of options for selecting that perfect outfit.

The fedora represents the sheer elegance of class, style, and sophistication, and as the fedora became a unisex fashion, men and women can enjoy it at the same time. Whether you are looking for a light summer hat, a dress hat, or a casual hat, there are several tips that both men and women should take into consideration before selecting and wearing a fedora.

  • Plan out when you’ll wear it. Fedoras used to be strictly formal head wear for men, but recent style trends dictate that both men and women can wear them with formal or casual attire. The same fedora may work for both looks, but if you intend to use it for multiple outfits, keep that in mind when you go shopping. Also, decide whether you will wear the fedora as a summer hat or a more formal dress hat – or you can just get one for every occasion!
  • Pick a color and material. The setting and clothes you wear determine the type of fedora most appropriate.
  • For daytime and summer settings, a straw fedora would be the best option because it is a lighter material and allows the breeze through.
  • For evening or colder settings, a dark felt or twill fedora would best suit your needs.
  • If you plan on wearing your fedora with a suit, make sure you match the color of the hat to the color of the suit. If you tend to wear black or gray suits, choose a black or gray fedora. Similarly, if you wear brown suits, stick with a brown fedora.
  • Choose a proper fit. The hat should fit snugly, but not so snugly that it leaves a red mark on your skin. Remember, a properly fitted hat should rest approximately a finger’s width above your eyebrows and ears.
  • Keep the back brim of your fedora tilted up. The front brim can either be tilted up or left straight.

If you are looking for something to freshen up your wardrobe, a fedora hat might be just the thing for you, and here at Hats in the Belfry, we offer many varieties of fedoras for men and women.

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