Hello faithful reader, back again with another installment on some fashion for men. I decided to take up this project and create this comprehensive list of men's hats trending out there or just flat out look cool. It seems everywhere you look somebody is just trying to sell you something, and how do you get an honest review from somebody who is obviously pandering what they are being paid for . We are not a corporation, but just some indie designers here @ The Odd Portrait who create badass gear and want to share our love of what else is out there. I quit drinking 45 days ago, so to pass the restless time let me share and kick down to you some of the cooler lids I have run across while running about the Las Vegas area. I will be keeping up periodically on anything and everything that come across my way, so think of this as a radio host without a mic, or a DJ without the tables. Actually that is pretty much useless, but I hope you get my drift, and enjoy some of the coolest fashion statements your head can wear.
First order of business is the headwear. I have always worn hats. If I could find some old picture of me as a 6 year old I guarantee you that there was some form of covering up on the dome. Probably the mainstay of my everyday cap was always a NY Yankee hat. Big fan, plus the black always went with everything. Now getting older and losing my natural lions mane of locks and being lazy to fix whats left of it all the time, nothing beats getting ready than tossing on a hat. Not just any old hat, mind you. What you wear up there directly projects itself to whomever you are facing, at all times. It's like the fucking bat signal for what you stand for beaming out of your forehead. A staple and motto for the creed of that which you live your life. And if it is something totally lame it will be a turn off to the females that you may be trying to entertain, or just get no respect from just about anyone else.
Having a cool, new, and well fitting hat all the while being the first kid on the block with it is a great feeling. I'm not being pretentious here, but you see some new brand and style and it looks good on somebody who is with a very hot date, or just around some fun company, you know you are going to go look it up, and see what else they offer and if you can incorporate that into your arsenal. I admit I do. If it works it works and why not have it work on you?
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Snapbacks, Fitted, Mesh, and Beanies oh My
So many styles, so few heads. With such a plethora of head wear, you do want to be well rounded and versatile in your wearing, so you do not always look like Joe Schmo dumpy and frumpy always wearing the same beat down college town bent brim hat. Typical scenario guys, you are off to a party, but nothing too formal, possibly just the buds and a few girls, same in same out. You grab your trusty hat piece which has become as synonymous to your outfit as Captain America's shield is to him. Everybody you are going to meet probably expects you to wear it, heck, it would be a conversation piece if you didn't. Nothings going to change if you do not change first. So why not start with the first thing everybody will see.
But where to start, what's in, whats out, and more importantly what looks good?
Frontwards or backwards it does not really matter
Unless you are here illegally please remove all of the tags
Mesh style hats are on the rise
Trucker hats are still a no go
Please avoid anything referring to sex or poop jokes
Sports teams are ok only if they match the rest of your outfit
That weird half beanie half brim hat cloth thing was fine years ago until Tim Tebow wore it in every picture he took for an entire year it seemed
Beanies are fine just make sure it's not the summer time. Nothing is worse than overly trying to look cool when its obvious your sweating your ass off for the sake of it.
Brixton Supply Co
Brixton is one of the hottest and most sought after hat companies currently. Started in 2004, Brixton has a new yet classic feel to all of their apparel lines. Not just limited to hats, they have a full range of men's wear that was influenced and started from their love of music, life, culture, and friends. Very high quality, very stylish and still affordable. Most of their snap backs go for about $28 and hold up very well.
Not overly saturated as of yet, and they are constantly coming out with new styles and designs. In fact they just released a pretty amazing 2016 summer line with some must haves for the sun this year.
This is a very awesome black mesh snapback.
Created from the ground-up around the four elements: wind, water, fire and earth, ELEMENT SKATEBOARDS present us with their “March Mens” snapback cap.
Skate shoes, clothes and hats, they really nailed it with this hat and style. Black, sleek, and stylish, yet subtle with an interesting and distinct logo. Not overly colorful so can go with just about everything and is a daily wearer. This hat came out a few years ago but is a good launching point for you to get into their line. They have many other similar styles but I chose this one since it has been one of my favorites.
The artifacts of adventure. Roark Revival. Really cool clothing company. I have been so impressed with everything they have been putting out as it is seriously top notch. Familiar but different. I really hate it when a company has some great ideas and just goes to far with it. The Roark Revival seems to stop just at the right point. Their website is easy to navigate, and photography stunning and beautiful to look at.
They align their products with their company philosophy of adventure, life, exploration, and freedom. Their products really come alive and their message is definitely fun, inspiring, and soaring for the spirit. From the Himalayas to Saigon and back to the beaches of Southern California, I think they have found a hard to find but comfortable place that relates to so many people all the while still looking great.
Dark Seas Division
Low Tide, Low Life. Dark Seas is a surf clothing company with some killer designs flowing out just like some Huntington Beach waves.
Providing coastal explorers with alternatives to the same, this apparel and clothing line keeps producing style that is a hot and modern take on a loved tradition. Back in the early 80's T&C Surf designs was all the rage, along with Billabong, Quicksilver, and the rest. I kind of look at Dark Seas as possibly being a influential to 2016 as those brands were to 1986.
Event though they have been around since 2008, they have constantly been producing great wearable hats for men and women that are both eye catching, conversation grabbing, and made extremely well. Here's to hoping to seeing a lot more from these guys in the years to come.
I included this on the list only because when I first saw the hat being worn I was a bit taken back by it. This particular hat really stood out and at first I thought it might have been a Buffalo Bills hat, but we were in Las Vegas. I actually approached the guy and asked him where he had picked it up at. I was blown away at the fact that it was from Patagonia. Now not exactly being one who is on the up and in with the mountain climbing crowd, it was refreshing to see some new fun eye catching styles coming out of a normally plain drab and ordinary style.
Primarily an outdoor brand and active sports wear, they took a look back at what climbers wore up to places like Yosemite and sought to improve upon the basic grey sweatshirts that were commonplace.
Is it a bison or is it a buffalo, I really did not know. But I wanted one and wanted to go hike with it that's for sure. So I went to the store here who carries this brand only to find out that they were all out. There was one with a fish though of the same colors, so I had to go on-line. Which was cool because a brand you could write off for being secular with a specific type is coming out with so much newness. The person who was the owner of the original hat I had seen said that as a hat collector himself it was the one that always struck up the most conversation and attention. I can see why. I am definitely giving this brand another look, and any hot dates I may have that involve outdoor actives with nature this is the one that is going to be my wingman
Thrasher the awesome skate company is still around and going strong. In fact I have seen a resurgence of late in people wearing their jackets and hats. Especially around the Southern California area. Apparel with a bit of an edge, it is a throwback for some of us older skaters, and fresh for a newer generation as well.
Thrasher skate magazine was a must read in the community back in the 80s with some really cool drawing and illustrations. Very glad to see they could change with the times but stay so close to their roots. When my mesh snap back came in the mail it inspired me to dust off the old Tony Hawk board and take it for a ride. The old OJ wheels and German bearings still rolled smooth, and I could still ollie. A kick-flip was out of the question, but nonetheless glad to have had such a meaningful hat while doing it.
It looks like Neff just signed up the rapper Future and is working side by side with him on a new direction and style. Future comes from the Dirty of Atlanta and is on just about every hip hop playlist at the moment. He gained some notoriety back in July when his free concert showing at The House of Blues in Hollywood California got shut down due to the massive amounts of people showing up.
" I decided to work with Neff because I believe we share similar mindsets. My music just like Neff's clothing cannot be confined. The collaboration is definitely going to push culture, spark creativity, and stand out among the rest " - Future
Tee shirts shorts and hats abound from this outdoor extreme sports branded company. Neff has some very hip, yet somewhat youthful designs. Very colorful and always attention grabbing. If you are into snowboarding, skating, surfing, or anything of the sorts this may be the style you are looking for. I find their products very sturdy and well made, with a pretty killer little kids line to boot.
Supreme is out of New York, and constantly sold out. Their flagship store was founded 1994 by loved by skate enthusiasts. You can still find a line outside waiting eagerly for the doors to open when new products and styles arrive. Just go to their website Supreme New York and check it out yourself. Even some of the more popular out of print styles fetch a commanding price on secondhand markets online.
Located in Manhattan , on Lafayette street, gangs of rebellious youth skaters became their artists and staff. Crew and customers alike. Not just limiting their influence from the skate community but music and hip hop played an integral
role in their development as well and became a cultural mecca for like minded individuals. Over 21 years and still going strong.
10.Deep is an energy from New York's sub-culture of music, skate, and life.
Founded in 1995 by Scott Sasso, they are still coming out with hot and relevant styles for men. Some of their hats I have seen floating around as of late which promoted me to give another look at this company I had had lost off of my radar for quite some time. Their name comes from the reference of the ten fingers on ones hands, and the strength and independence that flows from that. A proto-street style that is still evolving and connecting.
This List Is Far From Over But Done For Now
Hopefully I gave you gents out there some pretty good idea's and direction with a little bit of interesting history thrown in there. Yes there are so many more styles of hats that just could not make it, but I plan on keeping this up so keep checking us out and I will try and cover a few more bases next time, and keep throwing out there what I hope works and helps out with your style and fashion. Yes some of this is old hat ( hah see the pun there ) based on where you may live, as I do not walk the streets of NY everyday and can only write and report about what I see out here in Las Vegas, but being such a transient city, we do get quite a good influence from around the globe.
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Festival fashion options and must haves to make your your time their even more awesome. Heading to Bonnaroo, Coachella, LOLLAPALOOZA, Austin City Limits, Life is Beautiful or the plethora of other amazing ones? Well no matter which one you will have a great time, but what the hell are you going to wear? Before I learned how to style and dress I would always look around at events and varies places and ooo and awww at the girls that looked so cute and fashionable and frankly always felt that I could never be able to do that. I just had no fashion identity and struggled with it. Being raised in a very strict one bonnet and a horse and buggy away from being Amish did not help either with my fashion dilemma. I always felt that I never looked anything other than way below ordinary with no fashion what so ever. That fact that I was a tomboy growing up may have been another factor as well. I can not really tell you nor pin point the moment where I actually changed and grew the confidence to attempt fashion.
But once I did, there was no looking back.
It seemed at first none might care, but I did. To be honest with you, I know with all the worlds problems and goings on this seems so trivial but it really helped my self esteem and confidence. Being dressed in what you feel good in is like putting on your armor as it offers protection and gives you strength and courage to face and conquer the days events or mass horde of festival going babes.
So lets talk options for your summer festival fun so it is a kick ass time with some great pics and memories to look back on. One look you can not go wrong with and which has maintained a timeless fashion standard dating back to the Woodstock hippie days would be the bohemian or boho look. Hippie never dies it as it is a part of many peoples natural energy and soul. Kimono cutoffs and a band tee, breezy and comfortable toss in a flower crown or goddess headband or anything else that rocks your world and you're good to go. Rock the hair accessories as its the one place you can not go wrong with being fun and summer and hopefully on your way to an outdoor festival . Here are some really awesome hair accessories from flowers to feathers to butterfly head pieces and the hat which not only looks cute but protects your face so you do not get that leathery look when you hit 40.
Butterfly Headband Crown
Red Flower Crown
Ivory Flower Crown
Festival Floppy Hat
Festival Fashion Outfit
So we got the head gear down. Now my favorite part the clothing, I may be delusional and many fashion people out there may disagree because well this is only of course an option just like everything else out there is, but fringe will never f#$%^&* die! Long live the loving admiration for fringe and all that in encompasses. What all else is there you may ask? Well here you go from encyclopedia.com from one of our previous blogs " American fringe was an outgrowth of the hippie movement of the late 1960's, a youth movement that stressed the rejection of mainstream values and a relaxation of standards of morality and personal conduct. The movement had a huge impact on mainstream society. Young Americans of the era were keenly interested in civil rights. The political gains made by African Americans earlier in the decade had spurred interest in the plight of other oppressed minority groups, including Native Americans. Wearing fringe became a way of showing sympathy for the native american cause"
Being of Cherokee Indian descent on my fathers side of the family tree could be a reason for my obsession or the fact that it is beautiful and stands for something could be it too. So why not rock the fringe it doesn't have to be leather if you are the animal rights lover vegan activist type there is a plethora of faux suede leather skirts and shawls. At this point if you can think of it somebody has probably made it, they got options out there. Also I have seen a lot of mini fringe skirts floating around as of late. Don't want dirty feet or your tootsies to get trampled? Ankle booties look pretty stellar with the maxi fringe skirt or the short mini ones. Not a fan of showing the mid drift get a high wasted one and pair with a crop top or go ahead and rock the mid drift the choice is yours.
Maxi Fringe Festival Skirt Outfit
Mini Fringe Festival Skirt Outfit
From Cutoff Jeans To Tie Dye
Not a fan of the skirt idea cool no problem. For you the cut off jean short may be the way to go. Try the high waist look, it still rocks as it sits low rise. You probably already have a favorite pair in that dresser or closet somewhere. So now you can spend more money on the other parts of the outfit if you are out looking to buy for that summer detestation festivals of yours. What to pair with it? More than a couple of options you cant go wrong with. One the band tee. It is a music festival after all so go grab your favorite band and wear it loudly and proudly. If that sucker is a bit boxy tie it in a knot in the front or back and accentuate the smallest part of your wist for comparable yet figure flattering look.
Don't laugh at this one I swear it is a good idea, but tie dye. Yes indeed that thing you did when you where a kid. Yup that is the one.Etsy had these super cute halter modern looking tie dye crop tops and I believe there was also a super cute tie die bodysuit as well. Don't hate on me I know I am the devils spawn for shopping on forever 21 but they had a cute one too. Then the good old crop top from a boho lacy one bra-let style to a free flowing tank top style. Or the super popular but yet amazing option the bodysuit their everywhere and they show off your curves and give that fierce coverage you may desire. I am currently on a mission of collecting a closet full of those beauts. Put on a light breezy kimono and call it a festival fashion history day in the making and don't forget the head gear and sun glasses, I wont get all motherly on you and remind you of the sunscreen either......
The Tie Dye Bodysuit
Cutoffs and Crop Top
Bodysuit & Cutoffs Outfit
More Festival Fashion Options
Now another fabulous option is the wrap skirt and maxi dress. You can not get much more quiescently boho than those two. There is also the romper thing if you have been graced with a body to rock those. I am not a fan just because I don't like the way they look on myself, but everyone else seems to look super hot and cute in them so rock it if you can and love them they are very festively.
Now back to the wrap skirt and maxi dress Lulus.com has so many super cute ones for the maxi dress or you can also never go wrong with a Free People one, a bit pricey but typically well worth it.
I am more of a quantity over quality buyer which is no doubt probably not a good thing but I like options for my every mood and feeling. From dark and dreary to edgy and bold to free spirit and hippie easy breezy I like an abundance of choices. So I will usually shop for a gently used one one eBay or what not so I can a buy a bunch of other ones for the summer.
The deep plunge maxi dresses are great it gives a beautiful blank canvas to rock a gorgeous neck piece, from a boho layered chain to a terrarium moss filled necklace or a bold leather rocker type piece.
The wrap skirt looks great with a crop top or bodysuit just be careful if it is a breezy day or you will be uncomfortably holding your skirt all day so you don't pull a Marilyn Monroe in the 7 year itch.
I chose to pair my wrap skirt with a faux leather bodysuit with a sheer back so as not to die from heat stroke due to the non-breathable nature of faux leather. For the deep v plunge boho dress I wish I could go bra-less but having had a baby, wait hold that thought. I am not going to lie to you all I could never go with out a bra unless that shit is tight as hell to hold those suckers up so I put a halter lace bra-let with it so the back appears bra-less but you have the help and coverage up front if you need it more power to you if you can set your babies free.
The Plaid dress was a Free People eBay score.
The Deep Plunge Maxi Dress
The Boho Wrap Skirt
The Free People Plaid Dress
For the Wacky Bold Daring Festival Goer
Now this is for the attention grabber bold daring one of the festival going clan, or possibly a Burning Man. If you wear it to Burning Man I would assume you would fit right in and blend well. Everywhere else you would stick out. We are not called The Odd Portrait for nothing so why the hell not throw this in right?
Our consideration of attempting Burning Man for our first year ever spawned the creation of these looks and wears. The feather Mohawk it is big it is bold and being slightly bias may I say beautiful.
Festivals are fun they are artsy it is all about creativity and the enjoyment of that. Why not go bold go daring have fun with it is named festival root word festive for a reason. This is the time this is the place to let your freak flag bold wacky artsy fashion free. Glue some shit to your face put those flowers in your hair like you just don't care. It is party dance till your feet bleed and your a practically deaf and sun burnt time yup that is right folks it is the summer festival time. Go big go bold go be free..
So here are some of our funky creations for that festival goer..... Go on Pinterest if you like this stuff you will love it if that is your thing...