The Latest Hat Craze - WSJ.com: "After decades in dormancy, brimmed hats are back on the streets.
Fedoras were worn by men good and bad, on hard-boiled detectives as well as on well-dressed mobsters. 1920s-era ganster Al Capone was well known for his sartorial meticulous, including his love of fedoras.
The so-called stingy-brim hat, with a brim 1-1/2 inches wide, is considered more modern than those carrying standard 2-1/2-inch widths, and straw versions have been big sellers this summer. 'Our stingy brims are extremely strong right now,' says Don Rongione, chief executive of Bollman Hat, whose brands include Bailey and Kangol."
Hat history slideshow at the link.