Accessories are a Necessity: The Porkpie Hat Accessories  -  Etiquette Read  -  General Style 78 Comments

Joshua Kissi: The majority of our posts seem to center on principle pieces in our wardrobe, but it’s worth considering how the details of an outfit affects your overall look. The difficulties in finding the right accessories—from wrist accoutrements to rings—can be a pesky, yet worthwhile task. Travis’ previous post on the Newsboy cap called for a continuation on headwear discussion. With that in mind, let’s talk about the porkpie hat.

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The porkpie holds a brim of history, linking certain music subcultures such as the early platform of Jamaican ska and the jazz scene. Similar to the majority of menswear pieces, the porkpie was commenced by English men that displayed its style about town. Trilby hats and fedoras are similar in design, but the porkpie dons a noticeably flat top paired with a short brim. The hat comes in a variety of styles and colors that are less commonly manufactured in straw material.

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Hats are an accessory that can provide an edge and distinction to your getup. It’s important to find the correct style to not only suit your appearance, but also compliment your look. I went through a few dozen hats before I came across the one below that I felt was on point.

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Fit Description: The average 19th century man would have paired this hat or anything similar with a suit. The expansion of modern menswear, though, lets us pair them with t-shirts, sweaters, and blazers. The hat, which I found at a thrift store, originally had a black band with a red feather peaking out of the left side. Kadeem and I eventually replaced the materials with our own rendition of a porkpie.

With the weather noticeably cooler weather, I’ve been frequently wearing my Flathead raw denim. They’re a bit more difficult to break in than my last two pairs of raw denim (both APC New Cure) because of the sturdy construction and quality. I can only imagine what they’ll look like in March or April with heavy amounts of wear.

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The outer of this suede bag may scream luxurious, but I’ve been lugging it everywhere I can to give it some character.

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Photographer Kadeem Johnson (aka Kjohnlasoul) is no stranger to our site. Participant and student in our latest editorial Black Ivy his eccentric personal style speaks for itself. The fellow Bronx resident started his own personal style blog titled Kjohnlasoul where he depicts his own style occasionly accompanied by friends.
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People often ask where  do we specifically acquire our wrist accoutrements – He explained how the task of filling up his fingers and wrist with such great jewelery was a process, he  eventually compiled different pieces as months and years passed by.

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Location : Fort Washington Park

History: The porkpie hat is a type of hat made of felt, or less commonly, straw. It is somewhat similar to a trilby or fedora, but with a flat top. The crown is short and has an indentation all the way around, instead of the pinch crown typically seen on fedoras and homburgs. The porkpie hat originated in the mid-19th century. Originally referring to a type of woman’s hat, the porkpie gets its name from its resemblance to a porkpie.


Jazz  legend Lester Young sporting his notable pork pie hat .


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  • Emil Costillo

        posted on October 24 , 2010 :

    Great post!

    just purchased one from fine and dandy thanks fellas!

    amazin outfits


  • emily

        posted on October 24 , 2010 :

    I love you and kadeem’s style its really a mix of your influences and your background – lovely!

    Symbols of Ahnk everywhere!


  • Jannuzzi

        posted on October 24 , 2010 :

    nice work, those vintage boots are tops.


  • Porkpie Hat by Street Etiquette « IMAGEmode

        posted on October 24 , 2010 :

    [...] Posted by Paul Beasley on October 24, 2010 · Leave a Comment  The people at Street Etiquette, a men’s fashion blog dedicated to providing articles for advancing your wardrobe now sing the sartorial virtues of the Porkpie hat. Joshua Kissi, the other half of the founding force of the site with Travis Gumbs, details the history of the porkpie hat’s nineteenth-century English origins and its assimilation into newer subcultures such as Jamaican ska and Jazz culture. Definitely an addition to any style-conscious man’s wardrobe, Joshua does an excellent job not only of providing the history of the accessory as with previous posts, but he also provides visual examples of its execution, and also gives info on when, where, and how to wear the porkpie hat. Check out the full post at Street Etiquette here. [...]


  • Bker

        posted on October 24 , 2010 :

    Jewelry is heavy in this picture! i love it. i don’t know if I’ll look good in the hat but i’ll try it out soon.


  • Keith Perason

        posted on October 24 , 2010 :

    As always glorious post , I need a custom hat designed by you guys seriously!

    make that happen
    please


  • Max Ward Williams

        posted on October 24 , 2010 :

    Lester Young is the epitome of the porkpie hat , great choice and picture of him.
    How did you guys customize the hats? if you dont mind me asking I’ll send you a email also

    I would purchase one


  • Michelle Bobb-Parris

        posted on October 24 , 2010 :

    Great post, guys.

    It’s interesting that you mention in the history that this style of hat also refers to a women’s style. I photographer a girl for my blog wearing one recently. Very cool.

    Michelle

    http://whoisbobbparris.blogspot.com


  • Ryan

        posted on October 25 , 2010 :

    Joshua, that vest is killer! Zara has never been a go-to for me, but your vest has inspired me to take a trip there tomorrow, thanks!


  • Deval

        posted on October 25 , 2010 :

    dope fashion, where did you get your jewelry from?


  • David W. Albert

        posted on October 25 , 2010 :

    Josh, I really don’t know how to feel about this post just for the fact that the Porkpie hat has never been one of my favorite styles as far as hats or caps go. I think that it takes a distinct sort of person to get away with one of those types of hats, me personally I don’t think it will cut it. Haha I must say the vest sets your look off for the most part. And, as far as your man K. John I must say I always find some sort of delightful highlight in his plethora of fits. Haha He often always has a Porkpie style hat in a fit. Anyway, this is a great way to shed some light on a vintage piece that most don’t hardly ever show attention. Haha


  • Makyra P.

        posted on October 25 , 2010 :

    I love Kadeem looks he kind of reminds me Mos Def a bit(love Mos Def!)…has a rugged/oldschool feel..really feeling it. I have been tryng to find a Porkpe at bumy head is to small to even fit most has lol. But once again enjoyable post, great insight… I love all the wrist accessories on Kadeem…geez I need to rack up like you. Keep em coming guys! Thanks for the post


  • theTrendyDwarf

        posted on October 25 , 2010 :

    You guys have to be the two best dressed individuals ever. Lol! I love the way you wear your bracelets! Which I hope you don’t mind me asking…where do you buy your bracelets? I love your hats, cardigan, and backpacks! Sadly I have tried wearing hats like the ones you are wearing in this post, but they do not look good on me! Hats and myself are not meant to be. I LOOOVEEE your cardigan so much! I am in desperate need for more cardigans for this fall season!
    check out my trendy blog!
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  • FACE

        posted on October 25 , 2010 :

    i think people should also consider head shape when purchasing hats. I love the pork pie, always have, but it never looked right on me, neither did the bowler or other “short brimmed” hats. Or atleast imo. Love this feature though. i always love the accessory posts especially, along w/ attitude accessories can make/break an outfit. DAMN BEATNICKS!


  • Courtney Chenard

        posted on October 25 , 2010 :

    lol you know I digs the hat…good look and new look for you!!!
    Also, I like the cardigan and vest….. interesting pieces that can work with many things!!!!

    this is a good post one of the best in a while!!! I want the HAT!!!!


  • JScroggins

        posted on October 25 , 2010 :

    Excuse me but where did you all get those kente cloth wrapped porkiepie hats


  • Markmont.

        posted on October 25 , 2010 :

    Can’t stand the heavy cuff on the 1st fit but I can give props on a good jean. Kudos for reppin’ Self Edge x Flat Head.


  • The Prestige

        posted on October 25 , 2010 :

    Great post, accessories are essential. I’ve been following K.john LaSoul for a while, he has sick style and is the king of accessories. Tanner Goods have great products and flatheads always age nicely. Its to bad one needs a distinctive shaped head to wear a porkpie hate. And very informative! like always


  • Beyond Fabric

        posted on October 25 , 2010 :

    Amazing as always guys, you’re definitely one of my favourite blogs!


  • KHEMET

        posted on October 25 , 2010 :

    Much respect on the head wear game and the wrist and finger game as well. I am firm believer in minor accents that can take apparel to new heights. Diggin the the get-up, ya definitely own the style to the fullest. Gotta get my game up!

    KMT


  • Jayar Moten

        posted on October 25 , 2010 :

    I love cheap monday. I was actually in the middle of writing a red wing & cheap monday post as we speak. All the same great post as usual fellas. I really wish I could get away with a porkpie hat. Post like this make me wish my head wasn’t shaped so funny.


  • Sassncurlz

        posted on October 25 , 2010 :

    Love everything about this post! Good work!


  • G. Sweede

        posted on October 25 , 2010 :

    Stunning! Love the attention to detail, Josh!


  • JK

        posted on October 25 , 2010 :

    @Emil Costillo: Hey Emil , thanks again which one did you order from fine and dandy ? I wore one of their hats for our sewn from the soul editorial for BHM , and just kind of fancied the hat from there on.

    @emily: Thanks a lot , and yes lol definitely ethnic driven here

    @Jannuzzi: thanks , and its unfortunate that they’re not labeled but I guess that’s what comes with vintage shopping.

    @Bker: You will really have to factor in facial features and head shape for it , some people may not like the way they appear in hats period, but I really feel like you can find something that;ll favor your look.

    @Keith Perason: We’ll look into it you never know what will appear on our site for sale soon lol * – appreciate


  • Valentine

        posted on October 25 , 2010 :

    Great post thanks!

    http://valentineavoh.blogspot.com
    -diary of a belgian stylist-


  • M.Ridley

        posted on October 26 , 2010 :

    The two things I think of when someone says “porkpie hat” are Gene Hackman in The French Connection:
    http://tinyurl.com/3xemtna
    and Charles Mingus’s ode to Lester Young, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU_RxWXijz0


  • Rina

        posted on October 26 , 2010 :

    . great styles, like it! especially the left style.

    http://www.birdsaroundme.blogspot.com ?


  • Seb

        posted on October 26 , 2010 :

    accessories are amazing. your style is on another level.


  • K.Mack

        posted on October 26 , 2010 :

    Well done.

    As usual.

    =)


  • Van

        posted on October 27 , 2010 :

    Been a huge follower for the past year. You guys are phenomenal in your fashion taste! I’ve been on a hunt for a Penny Loafer recently and looking at your past entries, it seems like you have a few brands of penny loafer. Sebago, Bass Weejuns, Dexter, Allen Edmond

    So what would you recommend me to get? I’m interested in a classic brown colour. Thanks!


  • Charlie

        posted on October 27 , 2010 :

    Vraiment stylé! J’adore!!


  • Anonymous

        posted on October 27 , 2010 :

    Beautiful job guys…It’s pretty neat seeing the both of you together in these hats_ Kadeem pretty much stapled this hat to his entire wardrobe…lol, gotta love it and Josh it looks good on you too! I also see you’ve been working on getting those accessories back (really diggin that pinky piece). My personal favorites are both your bags…thought they added a nice relaxed touch to both your looks. Love it guys~


  • Joanne

        posted on October 27 , 2010 :

    Beautiful job guys…It’s pretty neat seeing the both of you together in these hats_ Kadeem pretty much stapled this hat to his entire wardrobe…lol, gotta love it and Josh it looks good on you too! I also see you’ve been working on getting those accessories back (really diggin that pinky piece). My personal favorites are both your bags…thought they added a nice relaxed touch to both your looks. Love it guys~


  • Sean

        posted on October 27 , 2010 :

    loooove hats right now! I picked up a pork pie not too long ago (link to photo: http://lookbook.nu/look/1186145-La-Dolce-Vita) and I love it, but I’m into alllll hats right now and just wrote about it actually! (http://santiagosojourns.wordpress.com/2010/10/23/my-new-obsession-hats/) are there any hat styles you wouldn’t do? I used to think so but now I’m up for a challenge…also, that cardigan is perfect. the jewelry, the cardigan – you got it so right!


  • KDS

        posted on October 27 , 2010 :

    Again, very nice piece. Nice to see you rockin’ the horse bit loafers. Which are some of my favorites. You can catch that article at http://finedistinctions.com/?cat=4

    Again, always a pleasure.


  • Micah

        posted on October 27 , 2010 :

    I must say, I really dig all of the sartorial creativity that goes on here. I am also really liking Kadeem’s whole look. It has a very ‘systematic chaotic’ look to it, if you know what I mean.


  • stylematters

        posted on October 27 , 2010 :

    Great post. Never knew the name of this type of hat. I always saw them as baby fedoras.


  • Neef @ACLeagueLow

        posted on October 27 , 2010 :

    great post fellas. I have a porkpie hat myself that i adore. Its a necessary accessory that can literally go with all within an outfit. Well depending on ones creative within style and character. Good work fellas

    Hanif Castle of ACL


  • rZR

        posted on October 28 , 2010 :

    great post on porkpies!


  • lou

        posted on October 28 , 2010 :

    Hey I design custom jewelry and have an Ethiopian cross made in silver that I would like to show you. How can I get the image to you?

    -Lou


  • Bevin Elias

        posted on October 29 , 2010 :

    Well Josh I’m very proud of you and Trav so now it’s time for you to give me that suede bag, and I have a list of other stuff, Ill text you, lol. Looking forward for our Fall Texture shoot.


  • Morgan-Ashleyy

        posted on October 29 , 2010 :

    I love the hat, and the tote by Coach really does work well with the outfit. I thought I stacked bracelets, and I’m not alone lol! all the accessories mesh well.

    -xo


  • Melissa Frankwitz

        posted on October 29 , 2010 :

    Fantastic post Joshua!

    I wish guys around where I live would take some initiative in their personal style and look

    Great stuff as always!

    you guys look fab

    xoxox


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        posted on October 29 , 2010 :

    your style is perfect! you know ?

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        posted on October 30 , 2010 :

    I love reading your articles! You’re truly blessed with a unique skill of blogging and styling!

    I tried contacting you… I hope you email me so we can work.

    peace.


  • lou

        posted on October 30 , 2010 :

    Just copped the Nexus Project Culture Shoq x Ronnie Fieg Brown Leather Boot…Keep em’ coming Ronnie.

    Lou


  • Raw

        posted on October 30 , 2010 :

    Which pair of raw denim do you prefer? The APC New Cure or Flat Head?


  • Istanbulboy

        posted on October 30 , 2010 :

    What an inspiring post – yet again! I love the beads and the whole look with the cardigan – and the hat! Thanks!

    Istanbulboy


  • Tom

        posted on October 30 , 2010 :

    Kadeem has such a unique style, I love his use of the Ankh – it is called an Ankh isn’t it? – and the chunky knit! Josh you also look great, love the hats! Great post again!


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        posted on October 31 , 2010 :

    Great blog! Love the outfits. This is an outfit that many swedish people love.


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        posted on November 1 , 2010 :

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  • Citizette.com

        posted on November 1 , 2010 :

    I know this post is about your hat, but I LOVE that vest of yours. Amazing.


  • Nabile

        posted on November 1 , 2010 :

    Great pictures!!!!!!!!!
    J’adore.


  • The Ca$h

        posted on November 1 , 2010 :

    Great Post.. Kiss
    But.. when it comes to Hats.
    LOL.. I teand to stick to the Usher look.


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        posted on November 14 , 2010 :

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        posted on November 15 , 2010 :

    I work with high school students. love your blog. wish they could manage to develop some style. i dont understand sagging in straight legs! About the jewelry…it is a process. i understand. can you break it down for me . 6 piece waves. Im old. Hell, i live in missouri1
    Thank you.


  • Mateo

        posted on December 8 , 2010 :

    This has to be one of favorite post since porkpie hats and I are one. Love it.


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  • Primitive Eyes

        posted on January 16 , 2011 :

    love the accessories


  • BigdaddyBlues

        posted on January 28 , 2011 :

    I have been collecting new and vintage mens hats for almost 20 years and am delighted to find that young men are considering more stylish hatwear. I like to see the porkpie with it’s shallow brim and crown on gentlemen of shorter height unless the proportions between the brim and crown have been adjusted for men of taller stature which is seldom the case. Gentlemen should always take note of proportion when selecting a hat. I like to relate the gentlemans hat to the cornice and roof of a building. The brim of the hat is like the cornice of a structure proclaiming that the vertical mass of the wall has ended and celebrating with the projection of the cornice and eave. the cornice/eave and brim of a hat serve the same general purpose, to shade and protect from rain, to direct rain and snow away from the building or face and body. the roof of a building and crown of a hat serve to protect the head from the elements whilst making a stylish sillhouette that should be in proportion with the height, breadth, shoulders, etc. of the man. The gentlemans hat is therefore an ornamental roof of sorts but it has the ability to give great style and gracefullness to a mans appearance. We have all put lids that are too big upon a small vessel and laughed at its humorous sillhouette. likewise we have placed lids that are too diminutive upon large vessels. When a gentleman is wearing a great coat he may wear a hat with a very wide brim and higher crown which otherwise may appear too large in shirt and tie only. I have collected some very fine porkpies and much prefer those made of a fine cane for summer and a fine fur-felt for winter months. Gentleman, do be sure not to wear hats out of season; cane or straw in warm months and felt or wool in winter months. The porkpie, owing to its typically shallow crown is often not adorned with a feather but i have seen men affix pins and other decorative objects to the crown. The crown of most porkpies is absolutely 90 degerees so it is hard to, “lean” or tip the hat beyond 10 to 15 degrees. The porkpie is very similar to a more formal hat style called the “Boater”. Softer materials make the porkpie more versatile and less formal but its design is typically very rigid unlike the landscape typified by the fedora. If you wear a porkpie in warmer months you may want to place a linnen or cotton handkerchief between the crown and your head to prevent staining from salt that will crystallize when your sweat dries in the fibers. Most porkpies do not have flexible brims but lately I have seen many “experimental” styles that deviate from the traditional model. Some porkpies will have a sash or coloured grosgrain band around them and if they do this band should be coordinated to match your shoes, belt and satchel or sholder bag. If you are wearing an informal hat it may not be a good look to wear it with a dressy outfit and similarly a very fine porkpie should not be worn with atheletic or utility shoes. I always look for hats that are in-between formal and casual but it is sometimes important to be decisive about your look…. are you casual or formal? In any event a genteman shold spend time with all of his hats to experiment with the brim and angle at which it should be tilted, even interchange hat feathers to coordinate with different outfits. Do build a collection of hat feathers if you truly love and collect hats so that you will have more versatility.


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