A Guide to Hat Styles for Summer

July 11th, 2014

Nothing completes a look better than the right piece of headwear.

Here’s my favorite hat styles for Spring/Summer.

The sun is shining – keep it shady.

1. Straw Panama



2. Linen Newsboy



3. Cotton Bucket


4. Straw Boater




5. Straw Fedora




6. Worn-In Baseball Cap



Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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  • Brady

    I picked up the white Borsalino Panama Hat at the beginning of the season and wear it every opportunity I get! But quickly realized it’s NOT a beach hat or really appropriate in any casual situation, so I got a less expensive version from Jcrew for my throw around (per Alex’s advice in an older post) and I wear it almost every day. It’s a little less stiff and gives off a more casual vibe. That Borsalino though…

  • JoeFromTexas

    I don’t know if this would get it’s own category, but my current summer goto (after finally moving up from a $10 fedora copped at Broadway and 4th) is a straw version of the classic open road style. Beautiful hat, nice mix of fedora and western, though I suppose it’s technically a panama, hand woven in Ecuador with a wide brim.

    By the way, to those clicking on that Brixton Baxter link at Nordstorm, and seeing a “No long Available” note and thinking to yourself, that dadgum JoeFromTexas, did he cop the last Baxter. Well not exactly, it’s listed again here at $55: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/brixton-baxter-fedora/3684973?origin=related-3684973-_TS_-1-6-OC1-RR&PageCategoryId=OC . I’m here to serve gents. Now did I cop the last one on sale at $33? Yes I did.

  • TO

    I wear the “&” baseball cap I grabbed a couple years ago in San Fran from the Saturdays x GQ x Gap collab. Useful for when I don’t have time to wet my hair in the morning or for whatever other reason am having a bad hair day.

    I am Wanting to expand into other (more) classic styles- I picked up the “starter” crushable felt safari fedora you have recommended many times. Even at the standard 2.5″, I cannot get over how big the brim looks on me. I am planning to gift it to my pops. Even though it is considered “stingy” for better or worse, I am on the lookout for some hats that I love right around the 2″ mark. Hard pickings, tho.

  • Shawn

    I just had to post to say that Ouigi Theodore has one hell of a nice beard!

  • AFH

    A hat in Summer is a great thing – when it’s hot, it protects your face; when it’s not, it’s keep you a shade warmer. In Londontown a cap is acceptable but a hat not so much – I prefer the flat cap over the newsboy/bakerboy but personal preference I guess; I currently wear two identical linen/cotton chambray versions from H&M, I wish I could pull off the baseball cap…….

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      No straw in London? What’s the deal with that? Too much chance of rain?

      • AFH

        I dunno for sure, but that’s probably it – it was raining today and the label Duchamp featured your yellow mac photo on their facebook. Down at the Henley Regatta might be different, but I didn’t even see any when I was sharing a train with the blazered rowing crowd last week. Hats are a bold move in London generally though.

  • mligon

    I go for the baseball cap occassionally (this one from Denim & Supply is the one I wear http://polyv.re/1oqXewW ). I just hate the curved brim that Towni is sporting. I prefer a very subtle curvature with the brim.

  • John

    Save the baseball cap, I don’t see a lot of guys pulling these off in the “real world”

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      Sounds like an opportunity to a gentleman pioneer.

  • Rams

    The Paglia, classic,and nostalgic,and for those that partake a (cohiba) in hand. Right? With 60% plus humidity, I reach for the baseball cap staple or the bucket in the multitude of colors. The straw fedora a la Andre 3000 could be rocked? And love a crushed straw porkpie too. Cheers gents make the weekend a fantastic one!

  • cam

    No love for a good ol baseball cap? I get a new RL baseball cap at the beginning of each sprin and wear the hell out of it through the end of summer.

    • Rams

      I feel yah!

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        Post updated with additional images.

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      Just for you Cam, I just added it :)


      • cam

        That’s some royal treatment ‘ish right there ;)

  • http://www.jollybengali.net/ Maher S. Hoque

    The straw fedora hits the right note for me. Love it.

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      Wearing it as we speak!