Once perceived as a sign of distinction, promoting the idea of absolute elegance and setting the social classes apart, hats evolved to become timeless accessories that still fit the men’s modern style and wardrobe today. Universal, betting on versatility and covering a large spectrum of styles, hats can easily turn into original accents, completing an outfit by adding an effortless and inspired final touch.

Now that spring feels closer than ever is high time to start making the most out of an exquisite accessory, getting the most out of spring 2013’s menswear trends. If you still seek answers as to what styles define the warm seasons, what sets apart a fedora from a trilby hat and what type of hats would exactly fit your aesthetic, look no further. We have gathered all the answers for you. Read on to the complete spring / summer hat guide for men, after the break.

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The Panama Hat.

A Panama hat, also known as a toquilla straw hat, is a traditional brimmed straw hat of Ecuadorian origin featuring a center crease. It’s made from the plaited leaves of the Carludovica palmata plant, known locally as the jipijapa palm.

Panama hats are light-colored, lightweight, and breathable. Some say the finest Panamas should hold a gallon of water without leaking a drop. Associated with the seaside, the panama hat is best complemented by summer-weight suits, loafers and aviator sunglasses.

Shop the style: Ecua-Andino – Panama hat

The Trilby Hat.

A trilby hat is a narrow-brimmed fedora, sometimes described as a “crumpled” fedora. It has a shorter brim which is angled down at the front and slightly turned up at the back, as opposed to the fedora’s wider brim which is also flatter.

Traditionally it is made from rabbit hair felt, but as the style evolved it is now made from other materials as well, such as tweed, straw, wool and wool/nylon blends. Wear it with cotton t-shirts, slim-fit shorts and espadrilles, or pair it to cotton suits and suede driving shoes.

Shop the style: Rag & Bone – Trilby Hat

The Pork Pie Hat.

A pork pie hat is a type of hat made of felt or straw, featuring a cylindrical crown and a flat top. It is short (usually 3″ to 4″ in height) and has an indentation all the way around its top. It is named for its resemblance to the pork pie dish and for years it was considered a staple of the British man-about-town style.

Enjoying a well-deserved revival this season, the pork pie hat can be styled with slim fitted blazers, slim-fit chinos in light colors and boat shoes, or it can be as easily complemented by a sleek button-down shirt accessorized by a silk printed tie.

Shop the style: Y-3 – Pork Pie Felt Hat

The Flat Cap.

A flat cap, also going by the name of bunnet in Scotland, is a rounded cap with a small stiff brim in front. It is made from wool and cotton, but most commonly it is created out of tweed, while the inside of the cap is usually lined with silk. The style that can be traced back to the 14th century it is also referred to as the working cap for its origins among British immigrants.

Fit for a working environment but just as perfect when it comes to top a casual outfit, the flat cap can be worn with pretty much anything. Experiment with cotton shorts, slim-fit jeans, polo shirts, waist-coats and oxford shirts and don’t forget about the brogues or the boots.

Shop the style: Borsalino – Linen Flat Cap

The Fedora.

A fedora is a felt hat most commonly worn by men. The hat is typically creased lengthwise down the crown and “pinched” in the front on both sides. Fedoras can also be creased with teardrop crowns, diamond crowns or center dents and the positioning of pinches can vary. The typical crown height is 4.5 inches (11.4 centimeters).

The crease of the crown, the pinch at the front, and the snap of the brim maks the fedora the most expressive and personal hat shape. Wear it with slim-fit cotton shirts, straight leg trousers and lightweight blazers. Finish the look with suede brogues and circular sunglasses.

Shop the style: Borsalino – Banded Fedora

The Boater.

A boater is a kind of formal summer hat for men, also known as straw boater, skimmer or somer. It is normally made of stiff sennit straw and has a stiff flat crown and brim, typically with a solid or striped grosgrain ribbon around the crown.

Boaters were popular as casual summer headgear in the late 19th century and early 20th century, especially for boating or sailing, activities that ended up influencing its name. Make the most out of the boater and wear it with basic t-shirts, jeans and checkered button-downs for a casual approach, or team it with summer suits in light colors for a more elegant styling.

Shop the style: Panama Hat Boater – Backstitch White Band

The Newsboy Cap.

The newsboy cap, undergoing by the name of Gatsby, fisherman’s cap or pageboy, is a casual-wear cap similar in style to the flat cap. It has the same overall shape and stiff peak in front, but the body of the cap is rounder, fuller, and paneled with a button on top.

The 1920s signature Gatsby is ideal for adding a dash of dapper to an everyday outfit. Pair it to denim shirts, slim-fit trousers, jersey t-shirts and jeans and accent it with light scarves.

Shop the style: City Sport – Linen Newsboy in Navy

The Baseball Cap.

A baseball cap is a type of soft cap with a rounded crown and a stiff peak projecting in front. The front of the cap typically contains designs or logos of sports teams. The back of the cap may be “fitted” to the wearer’s head size or it may have a plastic, Velcro, or elastic adjuster so that it can be quickly adjusted to fit different wearers.

Perhaps the most common out of all the current men’s hats, the baseball cap is one of the rare pieces that transcends all styles, changing very little over time. The cap is often seen in everyday casual wear so needless to point out you could wear it with everything in between casual trousers, jeans, cotton t-shirts and jackets, sneakers and suede boots.

Shop the style: New Era Cap – New York Yankees – Tonal Classic Fitted Baseball Cap

The Patrol Cap.

The military-inspired cap comes as a perfect update to the baseball cap for the everyday wear. Also known as cadet or field cap, the patrol cap is a soft kepi with a stiff, rounded visor, and flat top. The materials are usually 50% cotton, 50% nylon blend.

It has been available in different color variation and patterns. It can be worn with both casual t-shirts and trousers, as well as dressier versions of the two.

Shop the style: Goorin – Private Cadet

The Peaked Cap.

A peaked cap, also known as a forage cap or barracks cover, is a form of headgear worn by the armed forces of many nations and also by many uniformed civilian organizations. The cap has a crown, a band, and a peak or a visor. The peak or visor is short, historically made of leather, or in newer caps may be a shiny plastic. Bold and provocative, it can be toned down by basic slim fit shirts and trousers, casual button-downs and jeans. If you so dare, wear it with a biker jacket to go all Marlon Brando.

Shop the style: Dsquared – Cotton Canvas and Patent PVC Hat

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