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CREATE A PERSONAL LOOK
Are you a gangster? Banker? Frank Sinatra wannabe? One hat can change identities with a simple tilt or a solid crease. Cheap hats—made of wool or rabbit—won’t hold a crease, but high-quality lids made of beaver felt are very malleable (and naturally waterproof). Pinch it in different ways. Give it a rakish angle. Or break the brim over to one side. Just do your own version of cool.
Choose Your Idol Personality
6 LIDS GET CELEBRITY MATCHUPS
THE CHARLIE CHAPLIN
You don’t need a cane, bow tie, and high-waisted trousers to look like the gentlemanly tramp. Just put on a bowler.
THE JIMMY CAGNEY
This fedora with a longhair beaver finish suits the public enemy who won’t take no lip from nobody. Just get him a drink.
THE ROBERT MITCHUM
A medium-brimmed fedora goes well with a dimpled chin, trench coat, and dangling cigarette. Try to look mysterious.
Photography: Anna Knott