Originally Posted by JBZ
You're probably right. The other thing holding me back is that they're expensive. I was looking at the one offered by J. Peterman as sort of a "starter hat," but I'm not sure about the quality (plus, at least from the website picture, its brim makes it look more like a cowboy hat than a fedora).
It pays to deal with a quality hat shop(experienced fitters, extensive inventory) for your first hat because it's so important to find the right hat(brim, crown and color) for your head, face, physique and coloring. So often people buy online or from a department store, get poorly fitted with something ill suited for them and end up never wearing the hat. Now, that's expensive.