Singer/writer/producer Bruno Mars is a man of many hats, and the multitalented entertainer showed off several ways to pull off his favorite topper—the fedora—in the April 2011 issue of GQ magazine.
In a shoot that’s part preppy and a whole lot of suave, the “Grenade” singer modeled a range of springtime looks that show a fedora can be worn with, well, just about anything. Take the JJ Hat Center Grant Rugger fedora that he wore to dress up a tailored Emporio Armani suit and magenta Sean John shirt; he also used it to add a dose of fresh to a casual Calvin Klein Underwear T-shirt.
See the men’s magazine’s tips for putting a lid on it below, and head over to GQ.com to see how Mars made them work.
Being Stingy Just Got Cool
Today's hottest hatwear trend is straight from the '60s—yes, the '60s. Back then, swaggering gentlemen wore stingy-brimmed fedoras. You can, too. The straw ones on Bruno here are spring-friendly and can be dressed up or down.
You can wear a hat, suit and psychedelic shirt without looking like Flav. Just keep the lid neutral in a shade like gray.
Top Off Your Tee
That same gray hat works when you’re going casual, too. It’ll make a V-neck tee look like a style statement.
Draw a Straw
Felt fedoras are for fall and winter. When it’s hotter than hell, go lightweight in straw.
Find Your Rhythm
Think of the ribbon on your hat as a shot of color. Your clothes should play off it, not match perfectly.
Fedoras look great with another piece that echoes their old-school charm. Like suspenders.
Play the Angles
Don't pull your fedora down low like you would a baseball cap. Cock it on your head like a rock star.