The Anatomy of a Hat

No accessory has the ability to change up a look or silhouette quite like a hat. Here’s a quick primer to help you get familiar with its parts.

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| BRIAN WEARS | Christys’ fur felt fedora, J.Crew blazer, Al Bazar shirt, Brooks Brothers Black Fleece tie, Timex watch, Nordstrom pocket square | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

The divot in the top of a hat.

Though you see people doing it all the time, do not handle your hat by the pinch. It seems natural to do so because of the way it fits in the hand, but handling it in this manner will attract dirt and oils from your skin, which will eventually show up quite unattractively. Always take your hat on and off by holding the brim.

Other than the brim, the part of a hat with the largest surface area. Remove dirt with a soft hat brush.

Believe it or not, a hat’s hatband is not a permanent part of the hat. It’s generally not something that is repaired and can be easily swapped out. If you’re a hat pro and want a little extra flair, add a pin or feather to your hatband.

Never rest your hat on it’s brim. Store it upside down to keep the brim from distorting or losing its shape. Use your brush to remove dirt and some tape to take care of lint or pet hair.

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If you’ve had your hat long enough and wear it often, you may want to clean the lining at some point. On some hats it’s possible to remove. You can clean it yourself by soaking it in a non-abrasive soap and letting it air dry. But if you’re like me and are worried about ruining your investment, it’s best to take it to a reputable hat shop to get the job done.

Flip up when storing to air it out and help keep sweat and/or hair product from accumulating.

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Thanks for reading.

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  • Tom B

    Great post! As a hat-lover, I really appreciate the tips. Overall, I love how your blog alternates “Advanced” topics – How to Mix Plaids – with “Basics” like this post. Keep up the good work.

    I laughed out loud with the last photo. Rob McIver channeling Magritte! A great, playful shot. You guys need to start a magazine….

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks so much for the feedback, Tom. We strive for a mix and I’m glad it resonates.

  • zachsdad1

    Fantastic information. I hope these means that hats are coming back. I miss the look and the practicality of the hat.

    • Brian Sacawa

      I don’t think they were ever “out,” per se, but the explosion of interest in menswear is certainly helping their cause. Cheers.

  • Wayne Newman

    Great post! I just got a John Hanly & Co. flat cap for my birthday and love it! Glad hats are making a comeback.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Awesome! Thanks for the comment, Wayne.

  • Ben Heath

    Not a hat man myself but this post oozes class and quality! How many photos did you have to take to get that last action shot though?!

    Ben |

    • Brian Sacawa

      Haha! Three attempts. Cheers, Ben.

  • Mugsy Jeans

    You’d love Optimo Hats in Chicago. Like stepping into the 1920s. We posted a pic on insta of their shop yesterday. (We have no affiliation with them btw, just fans;). Cheers!

  • erosan

    oh yes! please do more posts involving hats. I love wearing them (even though I’m a “newbie” as far as hat wearing goes)