Shoe Retailing Today, the trade publication of the National Shoe Retailers Association recently published their Spring 2016 trends forecast. We were asked to offer an opinion on what men will be wearing come spring. Although its hard to imagine the sun rays of Spring while in the grips of Fall, someone has to look into the crystal ball. We see hats ahead. No pun intended. You can find the entire article in the current issue of Shoe Retailing Today. Contact Joan Schweighardt at to request a copy.

Heads Up

We’re starting off on top, because according to our friend Grant Harris, who has graced SRT’s pages before, we are going to see more hats than ever in the Spring of 2016. Harris, who has been featured in Time, Wall Street Journal,Huff Post (aka The Huffington Post) and on CNN, is the founder of Image Granted (, a DC-based menswear consultancy “building bigger business for corporations and better closets for individuals through value-based products and services.”

“Not since JFK took his inauguration hatless in the ’60s [an event that caused a stir because hats were very fashionable back then] has headwear been so popular amongst men,” Harris assures us. SRT concurs, and we note that many of our favorite celebrities, men and women – think Cameron Diaz, Reese Witherspoon, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, and of course Lady Gaga and Pharrell Williams – are seldom seen hatless anymore.

As for men’s hat trends coming in the Spring, Harris tells us, “All styles from formal to casual will be featured. However, the two most prominent are the Panama and the bucket hat. On opposite ends of the style spectrum, the angular and streamlined Panama is popular amongst the tailored crowd, while the soft crumpled bucket hat is a convenient way to beat the heat with casual functionality.

Published in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue of Shoe Retailing Today, Copyright © 2015, National Shoe Retailers Association, Tucson, AZ, All rights reserved.