Fedora Hat Black white Checkered,Checkered Fedora Hat. The fedora is a soft felt hat that is creased lengthwise down the crown and pinched in the front on both sides. Similar hats with a C-crown (with an indentation for the head in the top of the crown) are occasionally called fedoras. The term fedora was in use as early as 1891. Beginning in the 20th century, the fedora came into use as an upper-class clothing accessory. Hats that resemble the soft felt version are often called fedoras even if they are made of straw or twill. This Fedora hat is made of 50% Polyester and 50% cotton and has a black and White checker pattern. Perfect for a night out on the town!