Weekender Style | USA

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, fall fashion is in full swing. Although I will not be wearing sweaters or boots any time soon, I can’t help but pin¬†all the latest trends. Fedoras are back in a big way this season and it had me thinking about the origin and history of this iconic hat.

The fedora is traditionally made of felt with a wide brim and an indented crown. It first appeared in a play of the same in name in 1882 worn by the actress Sarah Bernhardt. The hat became a popular fashion statement for women’s right activists. In 1924, Prince Edward of Britain began wearing them and the fedora replaced the bowlers, flat caps and top hats that men were wearing at the time. The height of the fedora’s popularity was during the 20’s Prohibition era and continued into the 40’s and 50’s especially in film. Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra all wore the hat as a symbol of masculinity and mystery. The fedora has remained one of the most stylish hats of all time for both men and women.

I’ve rounded up a few of my faves here…