People criticize libertarians for wearing fedora hats, but I don't see why.
Fedoras are badass hats often associated with the 1920s, prohibition-era gangsters like Al Capone. Wearing a nice tailored suit, buffed Italian dress shoes, and a fedora hat was a sharp look for powerful men.
But it wasn't always men who wore them. The fedora actually started as a woman's hat. In the chilly autumn of 1882, the first production of the play "Fédora" by French author Victorien Sardou hit the Paris scene at the Vaudeville Theater.
Princess Fédora Romanoff, portrayed by actress Sarah Bernhardt, wore a soft-brimmed hat that came to be known as the fedora. In the late 19th century, they were wildly fashionable for European and American women--especially women's rights activists and suffragettes.
It wasn't until 1924 that men adopted the look after Prince Edward of Britain started wearing the fedora. The fedora became so popular that it replaced bowlers, flat caps and top hats, especially in culturally dense urban areas.
Noir films increased the popularity of fedoras throughout the 40s and 50s. Hollywood in its heyday repeatedly showed dominant and debonair male actors like Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant wearing them, refining the fedora as a symbol of masculinity. Frank Sinatra was known for wearing fedoras on stage, though he wore a similar trilby hat, also.
Throughout the 20th century and beyond, the fedora has been a popular, classy hat worn by everyone from royalty, celebrities and musicians to everyday people.
From its early days as a hat worn by famous actresses, feminists and women's rights icons to becoming the attire for aristocratic men, bootleggers and gangsters, the fedora has always been a symbol of liberation and assertiveness--which is why it continues to be a hat enjoyed by libertarians.
Whether you're wearing one with a stylish suit or as part of a casual look with jeans and a t-shirt, the fedora will always be a cool hat.
I don't always wear a fedora, but when I do, I enjoy it. I don't care if strangers on the internet laugh; the hat is a timeless classic. Once the haters move out of their parent's basement and get a job, they can afford to buy one and will, too, realize the incredible power of the fedora.
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