How to Dress for a Day of Driving
Even if it's just a day out on the road, starting your journey in the wrong clothes and hat means discomfort and unwanted sun exposure:
- Pick out comfortable clothing that isn't known to wrinkle. Based on where you're going, this could be something as simple as a T-shirt or fleece and chinos, or if you're intending to look sharp, look for wrinkle-resistant fabrics that keep their appearance.
- Factor in the weather. Especially if you're driving through the afternoon, have a pair of UV-blocking, preferably polarized sunglasses on hand.
- Apply the same principles to your hat. Now's not the time to pull out your dressiest styles. Instead, seek out a balance between polish and comfort, with some shade against the sun built in. This combination tends to characterize baseball caps, flat and newsboy caps and fedoras.
Hat Ideas for the Driving Enthusiast
Between style, comfort and sun protection, consider the following men's and women's hats:
This checks off all boxes. Light wool felt never feels formal, yet the structured brim ups the appeal. So, if you're going the smart-casual route, this hat hits the sweet spot.
On this note, if you're traveling to a destination with a dress code, this hat's all about the construction. We partnered with Italian artisans to create a silhouette that's eye catching and an update to a classic, offers a degree of sun protection and features water-repellent materials.
In another smart-casual direction - with strong emphasis on "casual" - consider this men's driving cap. A timelessly retro style gets a higher-end update through a cashmere/wool blend and a leather bill and trim. We add a windowpane check pattern in a mix of warm tones to help it stand out.
Truth be told, you can't ever go wrong with a classic ball cap when comfort and sun protection are high on your list. Starting with six-panel construction and a bill, we take this staple up a level, crafting the body for warmth and texture with virgin wool herringbone and adding leather accents. Consider this for a fall or cool-weather drive.
Move the bill up front during the afternoon, or turn it back for a more casual interpretation. This classic driver's cap brings the warmth through 100% virgin wool construction, feels just right with an unstructured form for a journey on your terms and stands out with pops of blue and tan for a more personal touch.
Get it all for the journey ahead. Made in Italy, the Belfry Martina cloche brings together a comfortable, unstructured form with a short brim you can turn up or down. For cooler weather, wool construction helps keep in warmth. Beyond the practical, when you want to impress, patchwork elements and a bow detail throw in a few contrasts.
Looking for a unique yet classic take on an unstructured cap with a partial brim? Made in Italy, our Ronda fisherman's cap fuses effortless mod style with just enough coverage for your drive. Donegal wool not only helps keep your head warm when you step out to look around, but features herringbone tweed with small pops of color over the material.