A hat wearing gentlemen of the 1940’s continued the tradition of most style of hats from the 1930’s. The classic fedora, Trilby, Homburg and flat caps were worn with only subtle adjustments in style. The new hat of the 1940’s was the Porkpie and it carried on in fashion through to the 1950’s.
Stylistically the main difference between hats of the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s were how they were worn. Most hats were worn tilted to one side. Hat brims took on many shapes with the back brim curved upwards being the one common feature among many styles of 1940’s men’s hats for sale. Completing a vintage mens style from the 1940s requires an appropriate hat. Without your look will be lacking.
Here are the most popular 1940’s men’s hat styles:
1940’s Fedora Hat or Trilby Hat
Colors: Black, green, tan
Materials: Fur Felt or light woven straws for summer
Shape : Tall pinch front crowns with a center crease that was either flat-topped or angled to the back.
Brim: Turned up at the back, flat around front and sides or a brim turned down in front and up at the sides and back. Petersham binding on the brim matched the hat color.
Band: Wide petersham ribbon band in the same color or shade as the hat body. A solid black band on any color hat body was also common. A flat ribbon bow fastened on one side with a feather added in the late 1940’s.
Style: Worn at an angle to one side (usually the right side.)
1940’s Straw Hats
Shape: The 1940s fedora, porkpie and boater came in straw hat varieties but otherwise summer straw hats had a large round crown similar to a modern bucket hat.
Brim: Wide, round, brim that shaped downward all around.
Band: A wide silk band in any number of colorful solid colors, stripes and patterns like polka dots. Bold combinations like pink and blue were popular.
Style: Worn centered on the head. Only the Straw Fedora’s were angled.
1940’s Homburg Hat
Colors: Blue, Grey (Black was out of fashion by the mid 40’s)
Material: Fur Felt
Shape: Tall crown with moderate center crease.
Brim: Curled edges on the side and only slightly curled up at the front and back. Brims were wider/less curled than the previous decades.
Band: Black Petersham ribbon band and binding on the brim
Style: Worn pulled forward and down slightly on the forehead.
1940’s Porkpie Hat
1940’s Porkie Hats
Colors: Black, brown
Material: Fur felt
Shape: Short, oval flat top with deep crease around oval
Brim: Wide curled up brim all around
Band: Thin leather band matching color of the hat or wide petersham ribbon with flat bow.
Style: Worn at an angle
Buying 1940’s Hats
Whenever possible buy a vintage mens hat. They can be pricey to buy but well worth it if you want the most authentic 1940’s hat. Otherwise new men’s hats continue to be made in vintage styles. Fedoras often come in flexible brims so that you can change the brim shape to match that of 1940’s style. During the 1940’s new hats were made without shaping the brim so the buyer could choose what style brim he wanted. You too can buy a new 1940’s style men’s hat with or without a shaped brim. Start your 1940’s men’s hat shopping here from some of the best hat shops online: