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post #76 of 116
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Originally Posted by barims View Post
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


I live in Texas and I hate almost all cowboy hats and all the crap that goes along with it, especially right now which is rodeo time so all the plastic cowboys come out.

I like the Stetson Open Road, sometimes called a Texas 'bankers hat' and associated with LBJ. They are an effective compromise between a 'dress' western hat and a fedora, if that's not too oxymoronic. Black or beige both look good.

The only cowboy hats that I think look good are the Spanish style ones - Lee Van Cleef, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Clint in 'Hang Em High', Dean Martin in 'Bandolero' ... these wide brimmed monstrosities that people like Tim McGraw and Garth Brooks wear are absolutely hideous.
post #77 of 116
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Originally Posted by Yamas View Post
How can you wear one of these and maintain the classy look?

By being classy.

Check out Fedora Lounge for some examples.
post #78 of 116
Those kind of hats are best paired with casual wear with classy twists. For example: Plaid Shirt + Wool Tie + Gray Jean + Black Wingtips + Fedora. You see where I'm coming from? I must agree that Straw Hats are cool for summer conditions as well. Hope this helped Bro!
http://urbanaesthetics.tumblr.com/
post #79 of 116
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Originally Posted by UrbanAesthetics View Post
Those kind of hats are best paired with casual wear with classy twists. For example: Plaid Shirt + Wool Tie + Gray Jean + Black Wingtips + Fedora. You see where I'm coming from? I must agree that Straw Hats are cool for summer conditions as well. Hope this helped Bro!
http://urbanaesthetics.tumblr.com/

Very nice blog. Great read.
post #80 of 116
Doesn't stop me from trying
post #81 of 116
Not even if my life depended on it..
post #82 of 116
I'd never wear one casually, but I do have a waterproofed wool one I'll wear with a mac coat or waxed cotton jacket in the rain. It works so much better than a hood or umbrella, especially in windy sideways-rainy conditions. Once or twice I've worn it with a sportcoat at night in cold weather. I've been told I pull it off.
post #83 of 116
My idea of a hat worn casually outside of the summer is strictly trenchcoat or mackintosh based. It's all in the silhouette

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Originally Posted by Anthony Jordan View Post
Any chance of a picture of the fedora?

I envy you the trip to Hornets, especially as I want a grey homburg myself...

I sloppily re-edited my sentence; what I meant was that I donated it to my local Cancer Research shop. I'll find you a picture later, since I wore it often two years ago. It was made by Dobbs

Hornets is good, but like many things I like, everything was either too small or too large

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Originally Posted by Ianiceman View Post
I live in Texas and I hate almost all cowboy hats and all the crap that goes along with it, especially right now which is rodeo time so all the plastic cowboys come out.

I like the Stetson Open Road, sometimes called a Texas 'bankers hat' and associated with LBJ. They are an effective compromise between a 'dress' western hat and a fedora, if that's not too oxymoronic. Black or beige both look good.

The only cowboy hats that I think look good are the Spanish style ones - Lee Van Cleef, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Clint in 'Hang Em High', Dean Martin in 'Bandolero' ... these wide brimmed monstrosities that people like Tim McGraw and Garth Brooks wear are absolutely hideous.

I like the Spanish ones, too, but I don't see many around. LK also identified the Open Road as a compromise hat. I feel like he and I have more than enough commonalities already, but I do like it. I also like the Gun Club, the Playboy and those lovingly designed hat boxes the Stratoliner came in

My designer friend has one of those old style Western hats for sale, with a high crown and a stingy brim, in medium brown felt. It looked curiously appealing when I tried it on

One of my good friends here is from Dallas and has been selling me on the idea of a visit or even a relocation
post #84 of 116
I've seen a few people wear Fedoras, and they always look ridiculous to the point where I want to avoid them.
post #85 of 116
I wear fedora's regularly. I get compliments every time. Women in particular want to try them on.
post #86 of 116
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Originally Posted by barims View Post
My idea of a hat worn casually outside of the summer is strictly trenchcoat or mackintosh based. It's all in the silhouette

I like the Spanish ones, too, but I don't see many around. LK also identified the Open Road as a compromise hat. I feel like he and I have more than enough commonalities already, but I do like it. I also like the Gun Club, the Playboy and those lovingly designed hat boxes the Stratoliner came in

My designer friend has one of those old style Western hats for sale, with a high crown and a stingy brim, in medium brown felt. It looked curiously appealing when I tried it on

One of my good friends here is from Dallas and has been selling me on the idea of a visit or even a relocation

Well if you make it to Texas you shouldn't have too much trouble finding a hat shop that can make one to your taste. There are loads of western wear chain stores, but better than that is a place like The Hat Store here in Houston, where you can start out with a blank, choose your colour, felt, size, band, weight, etc. and they will shape it to your specification, cut the brim down, dent, ... you end up with a high quality hat almost bespoke for about $300.
post #87 of 116
Love my tweed hats--especially on cold, rainy days.
post #88 of 116
I have a straw fedora for summer and a felt fedora for year round use. I try to wear them as much as I can.
post #89 of 116
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I wear fedora's regularly. I get compliments every time. Women in particular want to try them on.

I never let anyone else ever wear my hats. Something I got from my father.
post #90 of 116
I'm still looking for one that I feel suits me.

I have a straw trilby, which doesn't look too common that I can carry off.

My main reason for wanting one is to wearing with a mackintosh. I don't want to carry a brolly and currently wear it with a flat cap - it looks alright but I want better than that.

I've asked this question 'everywhere' and nobody has come up with alternatives. Can you lot suggestion anything?
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