Why is it called… The Porkpie?


The Pork Pie

An umbrella term for a handful of hat styles that can trace their roots as far back as 1830, the pork pie hat is still going strong almost two centuries later.

Originally made popular in Britain at the beginning of the 20th century as the ‘man about town’ look became popular, the style saw a resurgence in the 1920s when American silent film actor Buster Keaton sported the hat in many of his films. The designs Keaton wore were actually self-made by converting fedoras and other hats into what we now know as the pork pie, complete with its signature flat top and short brim.

On the runway earlier this year, Kit Neale showed bright pork pies in primary colours for autumn/winter 2015, while Breaking Bad‘s Walter White, along with his alter ego Heisenberg’s clear penchant for a pork pie, has led to traditional iterations of the style becoming increasingly popular with a new generation.

More formal than the likes of the snapback and bucket hat, pork pie hats are well-suited to smarter attire. As Adam Walker puts it: “If you want to smarten up in the heat, the pork pie hat can add a classic feel to your sharper outfits.”

From summertime suiting to separates like short-sleeved shirts and lightweight chinos, this silhouette arguably works best with clothing that’s firmly on the spiffy end of the spectrum. You could try sporting a minimal pork pie with a streetwear-inspired ensemble, but it’s best to approach that route with caution – unless your name is Pharrell.


Source … http://www.fashionbeans.com/2015/complete-guide-mens-spring-summer-hats/

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