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post #46 of 62
^Better no hat than that trilby.
post #47 of 62
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^Better no hat than that trilby.

Simply a random choice, my friend. I know the hat is atrocious; I ask you instead to note the style.
post #48 of 62
Neither is more stylish than the other; it depends on how you're proportioned and what you plan on wearing it with.
post #49 of 62
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Originally Posted by kuwisdelu View Post
Neither is more stylish than the other; it depends on how you're proportioned and what you plan on wearing it with.

Are there any guidelines, or do you just have to try lots of hats until you find the ones that suit you?
post #50 of 62
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Originally Posted by bbaquiran View Post
Are there any guidelines, or do you just have to try lots of hats until you find the ones that suit you?

Generally, the size of the brim should be proportional to your head. If you have a tiny head, you don't want a big brim. If you have a massive head, you don't want a tiny brim. Other than that, I can't think of much other than to experiment.

Personally, I find it good when a hat is proportional to what your wearing, too (and of course, it should be appropriate--i.e., no straw hats with flannel in the winter). I think one can carry off a slightly bigger brim than they normally can when wearing a DB suit or an overcoat, for example. But that much is just my own opinion.
post #51 of 62
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Are there any guidelines, or do you just have to try lots of hats until you find the ones that suit you?
Yes, there are guidelines. However, I do recommend trying on lots of hats so you can see what works best for you and whether or not you're happy with what's on your head. For the guidelines: http://www.millerhats.com/hatcare_index/hatfaces.html http://www.millerhats.com/hatcare_index/hatcolor.html In terms of pricing, the best deals are in the $100-$200 range. Above $200 you're better off getting one custom made while anything under $100 is usually crap.
post #52 of 62
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Originally Posted by Classically View Post
Yes, there are guidelines. However, I do recommend trying on lots of hats so you can see what works best for you and whether or not you're happy with what's on your head.

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In terms of pricing, the best deals are in the $100-$200 range. Above $200 you're better off getting one custom made while anything under $100 is usually crap.

+1.

Also I would not recommend going custom for your first hat, unless you're absolutely sure what you want. But do get a hat from a line with proper sizing -- no Small-Medium-Large nonsense. Stetson, Akubra, and Biltmore are all around $150 for rabbit felt hats. Don't pay the premium for a beaver felt factory hat; a custom hat is not much more.
post #53 of 62
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Originally Posted by bbaquiran View Post
Are there any guidelines, or do you just have to try lots of hats until you find the ones that suit you?
There are some suggestions at this link: http://www.felthats.com/hats_info/style.html
post #54 of 62
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Originally Posted by Lovellum View Post
Not to derail the thread, but I've been flirting with the thought of a hat recently. What is more stylish, the classic fedora: http://www.thefedorastore.com/TheFed...at-p/e1541.htm or a trilby, such as this: http://www.thefedorastore.com/New-20...-Ha-p/6310.htm To be worn with a heather gray SB suit.
I strongly recommend the 'fedora' - i got my black 'Burlington - Fedora' from Bates of London and its is worn usually with a grey or navy (plain and pin-stripe) suit, a rain-mack or over coat. It looks really good and i do catch myself on the reflections of shops etc...and i know it does look good.
post #55 of 62
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I strongly recommend the 'fedora' - I got my black 'Burlington - Fedora' from Bates of London and it is worn usually with a grey or navy (plain and pin-stripe) suit, a rain-mack or over coat....I know it does look good.

I'm sure it does look good with an outer coat; it's much "easier" (and to me more appropriate) to wear a hat with a coat than with a suit alone (as you mention here). That way there's a practical as well as a stylistic reason for wearing it. The time when the overcoats and raincoats come out is a good time to consider wearing a hat.
(A summer Panama would obviously be worn without a coat - but there is a practical reason for wearing that as well.)
post #56 of 62
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Originally Posted by Bird's One View View Post
+1.

Also I would not recommend going custom for your first hat, unless you're absolutely sure what you want. But do get a hat from a line with proper sizing -- no Small-Medium-Large nonsense. Stetson, Akubra, and Biltmore are all around $150 for rabbit felt hats. Don't pay the premium for a beaver felt factory hat; a custom hat is not much more.

Actually you can get Akubras for much cheaper if you buy them off of Australian online retailers depending on the model of course. I've found the Akubras to be way more hardy but less flashy than Stetsons or Biltmores.
post #57 of 62
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Originally Posted by Crane's View Post
Nonsense.

The key to wearing a fine hat is not to be self conscious. Just put it on your head and go.

With this in mind I've finally come out of the hat closet...

post #58 of 62
Red Hat, White Hat, Not right hat.
post #59 of 62
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With this in mind I've finally come out of the hat closet...


I can't see anything but you avatar.
post #60 of 62
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Originally Posted by williamson View Post
I'm sure it does look good with an outer coat; it's much "easier" (and to me more appropriate) to wear a hat with a coat than with a suit alone (as you mention here). That way there's a practical as well as a stylistic reason for wearing it. The time when the overcoats and raincoats come out is a good time to consider wearing a hat.
(A summer Panama would obviously be worn without a coat - but there is a practical reason for wearing that as well.)

Well, on days like today when its been rather nice and warm-ish i happily carry the rain mack in my and wear the hat with suit only. Looks and feels very fine.
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