Tip Your Hat To Clay Aiken

The Classic Fedora is a hat that was made very popular by the mob in the nineteen-forties in New York. The Fedora was traditionally a felt hat with a ribbon band around the top and was worn to match the gentleman’s suit. In the early nineteenth century, all gentlemen wore a hat and when there was not a need to wear a hat, it became an accessory. Gentleman began to wear the Fedora to match their suits.

The fedora was worn by Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel, Bing Crosby and many other leading men on the silver screen in the 1940s. Humphrey Bogart’s character in Casablanca is the quintessential example of a fedora-clad movie star.  The fedora is a signature trademark of modern movie characters Indiana Jones and Freddie Kreuger, as well as actors Hugh Jackman, Johnny Depp and singer Clay Aiken.

Today the fedora is returning as a classy finishing touch for the fashionable man.  Solids in traditional colors continue to be popular, but plaids and pinstripes can also be found today.

The following are only a few of the many pictures of Clay wearing a fedora.  He certainly seemed to enjoy wearing it.










Which picture is your favorite?

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  1. Love them all as usual , but, like the black and white #8 – letting Angela share the Fedora!!!!

  2. Ya gotta love a handsome man in a fedora. Clay looks so good in hats (and anything else). Great pictures! 🙂

  3. By far #1 is amazing…. it doesn't have a tag on it….does anybody know who took it? I love him in a hat….altho I've never seen him in concert with it. I didn't go to concerts till the 2005 Christmas vignettes. All the pictures are GREAT! Once again musicfan….you have wonderful blogs!!

  4. Here we go again, can't choose a favorite, they all are, no. 2 is on my desktop right now but that changes every few days with all the pics i have of Clay, love him with the hat, so gorgeous.
    Thanks musicfan xox

  5. Clay couldnt look bad in anything if he tried he looks gorgeous but particulary cute in number 2 and 4. hes a Joy to look at.. gives you goose bumps……xxxxxxx

  6. 2nd is nice but I like Number ONE.

    My favorite from day one
    about the only one
    who should have won
    when all was said and done

  7. Interesting pictures. I favor the way Clay looks in a solid color hat – so #5 is my choice. Great profile and so COOL! His pose reminds me of the guy who plays Neal Caffrey in the TV show White Collar. Also nice hair style (what can be seen of it) and I like the shirt/tie combo too.

  8. 8 is my favorite! then 7 and 9. Clay looks very Crosbyish or Sinatran in the blue patterned one, I used to wear a red velvet fedora in the 70s. my 4 inch platforms made me 5 ft 2Clay always bring back memories of the good days

  9. I just love #2, the way it shades his eyes. But, #7 is pretty close. Love the smile on Clay's face and he looks like he is up to something. Looks like Angie is having a ball too. Those were the good old days..but, I bet he will just wow us all again at his Christmas Shows.

  10. Number one is awesome and I love the lighting. Number 5 is classic Clay……who wouldn't love that?!?!?! But they're all great!!

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