Popular hats for men in the 1940s were fedoras, Homburgs and Porkpies. In casual dress, young men and the working class wore flat caps. Wealthy gangsters preferred the Homburg. The men’s hats of the 1940s continued the tradition of the most popular hats from the 1930s. Fedoras, Homburgs and flat caps had subtle variations on styles. The Derby or bowler hats were still worn in Britain for older generations, while most men tended to pursue more casual styles and colors. The new hats of the 1940s were Porkpies, bucket hats and sport caps. The Porkpie was popular until the 1950s.
The main difference between hats in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s were the way they were worn. Most hats were worn tilted to one side. The brim came in many shapes, and many men’s hats from the 1940s had one thing in common: the back brim curved upwards. Hats’ materials from the 1940s were also lighter, especially felt, which was not so heavy, but softer and more comfortable to wear. The lighter hats also reduced the cost of materials.
Hats began to experience a downward trend after World War II. Men had also become less concerned about fashion, so that most men only wore hats for leisure activities, sports and blue-collar work. Another reason for men not to wear hats was that the improvements to indoor heating and heaters in car made wearing hats unnecessary in winter. By the late 1940s, only about 40 percent of men wore hats on their daily life.
Let’s explore the hats that men wore in 1940s.
This Porkpie hat was a hybrid of a felt hat and cloth summer hat. It first became popular in khaki color on college campuses. Summer hats had a higher crown in the front but with a slightly tilted back. Felt Porkpie hats can be worn with business suits and semi casual attire. Black and brown hats can be worn all year round, and khaki was worn in summer. There were thin leather bands and wide Petersham ribbons with flat bow that matched the color of the hat.
In the 1940s, bucket hat were worn on golf courses. It was a casual and sporty hat that was worn in sports and work. Later, the bucket cloth hat was worn by young college kids and young men who living in the country. It featured a floppy brim and side air vents for breathe. The popular colors of hats were khaki, blue, green and brown. The bucket hat was being a work hat and often matched with the color of the work uniform. Usually, it was constructed of twill, rayon, or corduroy.
The classic cap was also called a cap, dress cap or work cap in the 1940s. Today, people call them flat cap, newsboy cap, ivy cap and more. The cap of the 1940s was made of eight triangle panels together in a circle and snapped to a short front visor. Caps came in flat appearance. Men often wore solid colors for summer, such as blue, gray and tan. In winter, grey, dark blue and brown were common colors that men wore.