It goes without saying that the fedora is ultra-chic. Just as abundant in high street fashion as it is in vintage fashion, it’s perhaps one of the most accessible accessories to wear when it comes to channelling trends from decades passed. But that’s not why we love it so…
The vintage fedora dates all the way back to 1882, but became hugely popular with 1950s gangsters; a sea of hats would fill the bars of Brooklyn and soon the fedora hat would become a style statement for male movie stars of that time. But there’s more to the fedora than Hollywood and gangsters; the fedora is also one of the early symbols of first-wave feminism. It represented a stronger, tougher female species; someone who wasn’t going to be treated as a second class citizen. And that’s why we find the vintage fedora so empowering. So if you love this chic, on-trend accessory, we urge you to buy vintage. It just has so much more meaning, don’t you agree?
Vintage Fedora Style for Men
This image of James Dean wearing a fedora shows how the look had transfigured from gangster fashion into a cult style worn by movie stars and everyday men in the 50s…
And today, we see the fedora mutate into all the different subcultures of both music and fashion, crossing every boundary from hip hop and gangster rap to R&B and pop; and let’s not forget how indie rock badboy Pete Doherty brought this look to the masses back in the 90s and early 2000s, pinning it as a festival staple for both men and women.
Vintage Fedora Style for Women
Perhaps one of the most iconic looks of all time, Diane Keaton as Annie Hall; this whole look symbolises androgyny in fashion which merges well with the hippie look of the 70s. The look had a carefree, cool and laissez faire, don’t-label-me kind of vibe which worked well with Keaton’s character as a struggling nightclub singer.
Today though, symbolism aside, the vintage fedora style has so much more reach and appeals to girls from just about every walk of life. As seen on high profile women of today, the versatile fedora adorns the heads of stars as sweet and innocent as Taylor Swift, as hipster and as a sexy as Shay Mitchell, as effortlessly cool and tomboyish as Cara Delavigne, and as timeless as vintage fashion queen Alexa Chung.
So if you’re looking for the ultimate vintage accessory this year, the vintage fedora is a must – and it’s so incredibly easy to style no matter your fashion sense.
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Stay stylish, SBP Team x