If you’re having a bad hair day, in need of a cover up for the purple dye that won’t wash out of your hair from last week’s game or just looking to put a little Humphrey Bogart in your life, the fedora hat is coming back in style.
Typically made of felt, with a curled brim that is creased down the length of the hat, a fedora will definitely put a little gangster back in your life (Roger Rabbit, anyone?).
I spent this past summer in Paris, and not a day went by that I didn’t spot a fedora. With androgyny taking over the fashion scene for the past few seasons, it’s no wonder the fedora finally came back.
It’s trendy to sport your boyfriend’s Oxford shirt with a pair of leggings and heels or to throw on a pair of high-waisted baggy pants with a tank. Top it off with a fedora, and you’ll look up to date on fashion happenings for sure.
The fedora was originally worn in movies described as film noir, a term coined to express stylish films with hidden intrigue and sexuality. It covers a little bit of your face when you wear it. It may seem a little risky, but wearing it will definitely make a statement. If you saw “Sex and the City” this past summer – and I hope you did – you would have seen Carrie Bradshaw sporting the fedora in Mexico. It’s the next big thing.
This fall and winter season, designers ranging from Ralph Lauren to Michael Kors and Betsey Johnson showcased fedoras in their runway shows. Everything from sundresses to bathing suits and even fancy gowns were topped off with a fedora.
Just this month, Teen Vogue published a trend watch on the fedora. Mischa Barton, Rihanna, Mary-Kate Olsen and Kate Bosworth have all sported a variety of fedoras.
This sexy headpiece isn’t just for ladies, though. After all, Frank Sinatra and Indiana Jones didn’t get all the girls just for their talent; it had to be the fedora too.
Top your outfit off with a chic fedora, and you won’t need that cheesy pick-up line. You can even add a feather for a fly touch.
Jackie Burlison is a junior fashion merchandising major from Colleyville.