Style and occasion: Your hat choice should match your personal taste, lifestyle, and the type of event you’re attending. “If you’re looking for something to wear during a formal event, then a formal hat such as a flat cap or fedora may be a good choice. For more casual occasions, such as going out with friends or running errands, a casual beanie might make more sense,” says Samuels who also recommends a classic flat cap as a catch-all option for any occasion. In addition, if you’re looking for a hat to wear to the office, a classic bowler can be a good choice. If you’re attending a special occasion, go for something with a bit more flourish like a trilby hat or a pork pie.
Material: “Certain materials, such as wool or linen, may be better suited to certain occasions than others, but will always look smart to ensure that you are ready for any situation,” says Samuels. For instance, cotton or denim suits everyday wear, while performance variants like nylon and polyester are great for exercise and outdoor activities. Seasonality also comes into play: linen is obviously a no-brainer for summer, whereas your winter hats like beanies should be made in wool.
Weather: Consider the practicality of the hat for the intended use based on seasons and weather. If you live in a sunny region, prioritizing hats with wide brims can provide much-needed shade for your face, neck, and ears. Look for hats made from materials with built-in UV protection or choose options like wide-brimmed fedoras, Panama hats, or sun hats. These hats not only shield you from harmful sun rays but also add a stylish touch to your outfit. In colder regions, consider hats made from materials like wool or fur, such as beanies or trapper hats, to provide warmth and insulation during winter months. Alternatively, for rainy seasons, waterproof hats like waxed cotton hats or bucket hats with water-resistant coatings will keep you dry and comfortable.