In the 1920s, men always wore the hats. Men of all classes wore casual or sporty hats, such as newsboy hats. Men wore wool newsboy hats in winter. In summer, they usually wore straw boater hats or skimmer hats, gambler hats, and fedoras. Straw Panama hats were the summer hats only worn by the rich. Most middle-class men wore felt bowler or derby hat in black or brown. Fedoras and Homburg hats became popular at that time, and it was worn by businessmen, while men still wore top hats on formal occasions.
Men’s hats changed with the seasons during the 1920s. In warm summers, such as the straw boaters, Panamas and Longhorns as well as linen flat caps appeared in the time of the Great Gatsby. In cooler seasons, men tended to opt for conservative suits, such as bowler hats, derbies and fedoras. Now let’s take a look at the 1920s hats for men.
The most common hat in the Great Gatsby is the flat cap. Men liked wearing tweed hats, which reflected their status. They were also known as Ivy caps, driver hats, newsboy caps, golf caps, and driving caps. It was made up of eight triangular panels with a covered button made of the same material at the top. In general, 1920s hats looked baggy, not as tight as hats you see today. In summer, these hats were made of light-colored linen or cotton poplin material and lined with silk for breathing. In cool seasons, hats were usually made of tweed, herringbone wool and corduroy. In winter, people wore darker-colored hats, such as blue, gray and brown.
On hot summer days, straw hats were even more popular than flat hats. People in the 1920s were outdoor enthusiasts, from tennis to cycling to driving cars such these outdoor sports became their new hobbies. Boating became so popular that people began to wear boater hats and skimmer straw hats. A boater hat had a larger brim, while a skimmer straw hat with a smaller brim.
Another common straw hat in the summer was the Panama hat, especially the Optimo Panama hat. This hand-woven and very lightweight straw hat was made of reed straw that imported from Ecuador. It can be rolled up and stuffed into a pocket, making it easy to carry. The rounded crown and rolled creases down the center of the hat forms the style of the hat. Authentic Panama hats were very expensive, so only the rich could afford them.
The bowler hat was formerly an oval shaped hard riding hat, designed to protect a person’s head when riding through bushes and ducking under branches. From the beginning of the 20th century, the material of the hard hats softened, the bowler also known as the derby was the most common man’s hat of the early 1920s and an alternative to the top hat. Black bowler hats were the most popular hats, and men also wore hats in other colors, such as brown, gray, and tan to match their suits.
Nowadays, there are many kinds of men’s hats in the market, such as bucket hat, Panama hats, derby, bowlers and more. You can choose any hat you like.