Return of the broad-brimmed hat

Return of the broad-brimmed hat

The men's wardrobe arena is a place where even the slightest change in lapel width unfolds at a glacial pace. So it's worth noting that the standard-issue stingy-brim fedora is giving way to its broader-brimmed brethren on the menswear runways, magazine covers and the big screen.

The most high-profile example may be "The Adjustment Bureau," a romantic sci-fi thriller currently in theaters. The film not only includes the highest fedora-to-actor ratio of any film in the last four decades, but it employs the humble hat as a small but significant plot device.

The movie centers on a rising-star politician, played by Matt Damon, and the shadowy G-men of fate who...