View Full Version : Men's Hat Brim Widths in Various Decades

05-21-2007, 03:49 PM
It's clear to me that there was always variations in brim widths according to personal taste, but I'm wondering how close we as a group can come to characterizing the "typical" brim widths of various decades.

I have the impression that throughout the 50's brims became more narrow, and by 1960 the "stingy" (which I define as under 2") was in style. Of course, this also match tie widths and lapel widths common on men's coats of that period. However, I really don't have a picture of the evolution of typical brim widths from the wider brims of earlier decades to those of the 60's.

Can those of you who have the ability to assign a rough date to your hats - or who have studied this - shed some light on the trends in brim widths, starting perhaps around 1900?

Could be an interesting discussion.

05-21-2007, 04:27 PM
These are some screen captures, enlarged, from The Wind And The Lion set in 1904. Hope they help.:)




Early 1900s hat catalog, not sure of exact year: