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post #61 of 116
I wear felt fedoras occasionally and prefer them only on overcast days/evgs spring/fall/winter Never in summer ever...they're just too hot for me. I am told that I look stunning wearing one. I lost one Biltmore in a bad storm recently but I do have 2 other Biltmores and one Borsalino which I have only worn once because it was $400 and I never want to sweat in it ever. It's still virginal. In summer, I have a very light wool open weave fedora that breathes very well but only wear it to church. My dad took my panama hat from me, saying I was too young for it...heh. I used to feel self-conscious about wearing the hats, but not anymore. They serve a purpose, and are fun, and they also give everyone you pass by something to look at. Women gravitate to a man of mystery. Hey..if you don't have a dog to walk, or a kid..then at least wear a fedora. It makes a good conversation piece. Just don't wear it cocked like a G-Man. That's my $0.02 worth.
post #62 of 116
I always wear a hat, I never leave the house without one. I have had people fail to recognize me without one. I have 2 Akubras from Australia, a fedora from Optimo in Chicago, 2 Stetson dress hats (not Stetson cowboy hats), an Irish walking hat (I call it),
I love them and can not imagine dressing without one.
I am 56 years old, live in Milwaukee, am in great shape, and wear suits by choice.
Go for it, you will love it.
Now, if I could get over my reluctance to wear spectator shoes.
post #63 of 116
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Originally Posted by Johnathan View Post
Ask yourself this question:

"Am I Phat Guido?"

If the answer is no, don't bother trying.

LOL. Oh guidos.
post #64 of 116
Ok, here's my visual contribution:

post #65 of 116
I'd recommend something with a shorter crown or try putting a ribbon on that thing... Otherwise, not bad.
post #66 of 116
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Originally Posted by Classically View Post
I'd recommend something with a shorter crown or try putting a ribbon on that thing... Otherwise, not bad.

Putting a ribbon on it is a great idea! I found this a Target for $3.50 so I couldn't pass it up. It's funny, the crown dosen't look as tall in real life as it does in the pics but a ribbon would certainly help it a lot.
post #67 of 116
Thread Starter 
Thoughts on these as cheapo first fedoras?

http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/clea...34374752654782
post #68 of 116
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Thoughts on these as cheapo first fedoras? http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/clea...34374752654782
Despite what the ad calls them, they're Trilbys. You get what you pay for but they may be good as an intro to hat wearing.
post #69 of 116
I wear one 6 days a week and have done for the past 15 years or so - so I'd like to think that I can pull it off! I think that there is a lot to be said for the suggestion that you are unlikely to look good in a hat to others unless you feel comfortable in it yourself, and that takes some practice and perseverance. I, for instance, and very happy wearing fedoras, panamas and flat caps (even top hats on occasion) but am still accustoming myself to wearing a homburg - which I put down in part to the perception that I used to have that it was an older man's hat and which sapped m confidence when wearing one.
post #70 of 116
I wear a hat most work days.

Beaver felt fedoras in the colder months. Montecristi, panapore and parabuntal when it warms up.
post #71 of 116
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do any of you hat wearers have pictures?
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LOL. Oh guidos.
- not funny..
post #72 of 116
As I understand them, Trilby and Fedora hats are essentially the same thing, but the Fedora has a slightly larger brim. If this is true, I like Fedoras and really dislike Trilby hats.

Both look good in felt and even dark straw, but the Trilby more often comes in bold plaids, checkerboards, stripes, and light straw colors. These are just plain wrong. A few rock stars can pull off a bold Trilby, but I have grown to associate them with guidos on the Jersey shore and in Vegas. They're often paired with a wife beater t-shirt or a retro bowling shirt by guidos like a Matt Dillon character or socially awkward nerds trying to be ecclectic to compensate for not fitting into society like a Robert Downey Jr character. To me, they just seem like costumes that are only suited for Jersey and Vegas.

Oh, but Judge Smales looks good in HIS trilby, of course!
post #73 of 116
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Originally Posted by LabelKing View Post
Have you tried a ten-gallon cowboy hat yet?
I'm resurrecting this because I recently got donated my chocolate felt fedora and because both LK and a good friend of mine, a Nigerian fashion designer who constantly wears a ten gallon himself, have recommended that I buy a Stetson Open Road. I'd like to open the floor to any other interested parties who might want to see me in a new hat I was recently in the London vintage shop Hornet's and tried on a light grey Homburg. It was slightly too large, but Black Caesar still came to mind: I have noticed that a few fashionable black men here favour cowboy hats, so I don't feel uncomfortable following a precedent I feel that WAYWRN could use more hats - only Upr_crust, TTO and Tibor are flying the flag these days
post #74 of 116
Any chance of a picture of the fedora?

I envy you the trip to Hornets, especially as I want a grey homburg myself...
post #75 of 116
It's about two things: You, and the hat. If you don't think you can do it, you can't. You also haven't actually tried or looked. There are enough different ways to do dress hats well that everyone can do them. It's a matter of being patient and trying out different hats. Personally, I have two fedoras at the moment, one crushable wool and one beaver fur Peters Bros. I wear one or the other of them pretty constantly.
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