Virtually anyone who wants to spruce up their look can benefit from a high-quality fedora. However, with so many different colors, styles, and designs to choose from, shopping for a fedora can feel a little daunting to newcomers. Fortunately, at Bellissimo Hats, we want you to be as informed as possible when shopping for your new favorite accessory. We also want you to feel comfortable and confident with your hat. For this reason, we have created guides on different types of fedoras available to purchase. In today’s guide, we will take a closer look at the flat brim fedora.
So, what’s the difference between a flat brim and a flat top fedora? How is a flat brim fedora meant to be worn? Finally, what are some of the most popular and best-selling flat brim fedora hats? We will answer all of these questions and more, but first, let’s look at exactly what differentiates the flat brim fedora from other hats.
What Is A Flat Brim Fedora Hat?
To understand the style of a flat brim fedora, it is important to know the “lingo” associated with fedoras and many other types of hats. The crown refers to the tall section of the hat that actually covers the top of your head. Crowns can come in various shapes and heights, with most featuring unique indentations and curves. At the base of the crown, you often have the band. Though not all fedoras have one, the band is simply a decorative piece of fabric that delineates the crown from the brim and creates greater visual appeal. Bands are often complemented by a bow, logo, feather, or similar decoration.
Inside the crown are the inner lining and sweatband. Naturally, these are not visible while you are wearing a fedora, but they make it far more comfortable. The inner lining creates a soft touch while the sweatband absorbs moisture and prevents the rest of the hat from getting damaged by sweat.
Lastly, every fedora has a distinct brim. However, brims can vary in both size and style. Some brims are wide while others are stingy. Some brims are upturned at the edges while others remain flat. Many brims are also differentiated based on their rigidity; some brims are firm while others are far more malleable.
Now that you have a better understanding of the different parts of a fedora hat, we can examine the traits of a flat brim fedora (sometimes known as a straight brim fedora). A flat brim fedora simply has a rigid brim that extends straight out from the base of the crown. The brim does not curve upwards or downwards. It simply forms a flat circle around the crown. Flat brim fedoras can be wide or stingy and accompany a wide variety of crown designs as well.
Many people get confused between the terms “flat brim” and “flat top.” A flat-brimmed felt hat resembles the description given above, but a flat top hat could look completely different. This is because the term “flat top” refers to the shape of the crown. More specifically, the top of the crown is completely flat on a flat top fedora (as the name implies). Therefore, flat brim and flat top refer to two completely different characteristics of a fedora hat.
How To Wear A Flat Brim Fedora
We have written extensively on how to wear a fedora hat, but the style of your fedora plays a key role in how it is meant to be worn. This is true for both men and women. While your hair length, clothing, accessories, and environment should all be considered when positioning your hat, flat brim fedoras generally have three correct positions to use based on your personal preferences: flat, inclined, and canted.
The first position is the traditional “flat” style. This position requires you to place the crown down on your head so that it is comfortable, but not so low that the crown rubs against the tops of your ears. There should be a visible separation between the crown and your ears (this holds true with virtually any kind of fedora). More importantly, the brim should be parallel to the ground. This position offers a classic look that also works well in a wide variety of settings and environments, both indoors and outdoors.
Next is the “inclined” position. The inclined position offers a more casual look that also increases visibility. Rather than wearing the brim parallel to the ground, you simply push the front of the brim upward, creating an inclined angle from back to front. This look is particularly popular with wide brim fedoras, though it works with virtually any flat brim, regardless of the width.
Finally, for a unique look that allows you to have more power to customize the style of your brim, you can opt for the canted angle position. With this position, you can choose to have your hat slightly declined on one side. The exact angle is up to you, but many people choose to have one part of the brim facing slightly downward on the left or right side of the head, as well as a middle ground between one side and the front of the head. Either way, this gives you a lot more freedom to choose the perfect look and angle for your flat brim fedora!
It is also important to note that you can wear the flat brim fedora with a declined position directly in the front. However, this is mostly reserved for shorter brims worn during the day. If you have a wider brim or you plan to wear your hat at night, it’s best to choose a different position. Why? Because a wide brim that is turned downward can significantly reduce your vision. And if you wear your hat at night, pulling the front of your brim downward can look suspicious to others.
Best Selling Flat Brim Fedoras
Now it is time to look at some of the most popular flat brim fedoras on the market. These hats not only exude luxury and style, but they are also extremely high-quality products. With proper care and maintenance, each of these hats will be a worthwhile fashion investment that can last for decades!
- Stud Silverbelly - The Stud Silverbelly is a wide, flat-brimmed fedora made of 100% American beaver fur felt. It is most notable for the sparkling stud set against a burgundy band. This juxtaposition (along with the classic Silverbelly color) makes it both luxurious and visually stunning.
- Black Stud - The black Stud is a classic, all-black fedora with a wide, flat brim. Like the Silverbelly, this hat also features a sparkling stud in the center of the band, giving it a bright, dazzling appearance.
- The Gent - The Gent is so popular because it is truly designed to make anyone look and feel like a million bucks. With multiple colors to choose from and a decorative feather, The Gent is specifically designed to offer you the kind of customization options that will really make you stand out from the crowd.
We hope you found this guide on flat brim fedoras both fun and useful! If you’d like to buy a high-quality, flat brim fedora to add to your collection, be sure to check out some of the options available at Bellissimo Hats today!