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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

good afternoon!  thank you, for all your help!!

 

just ordered my first ever "real" hat.

 

i could not copy the link! it is a biltmore presidential fur felt fedora in black. ordered from Holland Hats.

 

1. what do you guys think?

 

2. do any of you wear hats?

 

i think a  topcoat and a good hat looks very nice!

 

any ideas?

best

 

bob

 

and thank you!!

post #2 of 12
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Originally Posted by RobertE View Post

good afternoon!  thank you, for all your help!!

just ordered my first ever "real" hat.

i could not copy the link! it is a biltmore presidential fur felt fedora in black. ordered from Holland Hats.

1. what do you guys think?

2. do any of you wear hats?

i think a  topcoat and a good hat looks very nice!

any ideas?
best

bob

and thank you!!
I wear a hat most days. I don't know Biltmore, but I hope you enjoy it.
post #3 of 12
I wear hats daily. Biltmore hats are quite decent. I have a couple. I think they have several grades of quality but I am not sure of this.

Maybe it's just me, but I tend to see black fedoras as the special preserve of Torah-true Jews. For that reason, I would not choose to wear one, for the same reason that I would not wear a fez (either Muslim or Shriner), a Sikh turban or any other headgear peculiar to a religious body of which I am not a votary.
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

thank you guys!

 

which hats, in which colors, do you own?

 

any advice?

 

best

 

bob

 

have a super day

post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by RobertE View Post

thank you guys!
which hats, in which colors, do you own?
any advice?
best, bob
have a super day

Biltmore Presidential (I couldn't find a photo of the black model)


Nice hat and congratulations. I have a dozen or so fedoras and a dozen assorted hats which I actively wear throughout the year.
Personally I would never wear a black fedora. Charcoal Grey would be as dark as I will ever wear.
My advice, without writing a book, would be:
Be mindful of your head size, shape, the height and shape of the crown of hte hat and the wisth of the brim. You will know what looks good on you.
Bring a woman, yes better yet your mother, auntie or grand mother! with you when you buy a hat (or a skilled older gent) and let them give you an opinion. They will tell you if the hat 'suits you' even if they don't understand the whys and wherefores. These older members of your family were once young too and were around when it was common for men to wear hats. Believe me, you'll have a lot of fun doing this together.
Think about what you are going to match the hat with. Whether it is a suit or topcoat, a dark blue, brown or charcoal will be most versatile.
A Topcoat may require a hat with a wider brim. Why? Because the shoulders of the topcoat are beyond your own soulders and a small brimmed hat will look disproportioned. Balance is key after fit and colour.

Search through the posts of fellow SF member Tibor. He does the hats quite well, as does other members here.
http://www.styleforum.net/forums/posts/by_user/id/53624

Hope this helps.
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

THANK YOU man of lint!  will check it out.. should get the biltmore this week.  an older gentleman at the coffee shop today GAVE me a lock hat made for brooks brothers!! yay!  nice brown fedora.  can i get it cleaned somewhere?  it needs a little help, although it looks GREAT!  i printed out your note and will cehck out Tibor, and the link!

 

 

do you have pictures of your hats?  where do you buy them?

 

thanks so much

 

bob

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by RobertE View Post

THANK YOU man of lint!  will check it out.. should get the biltmore this week.  an older gentleman at the coffee shop today GAVE me a lock hat made for brooks brothers!! yay!  nice brown fedora.  can i get it cleaned somewhere?

Optimo Hats, in addition to being one of--if not the best--custom hat makers in the U.S., also has a wide range of hat services, including cleaning and blocking:

http://optimohats.com/#/hat_services/
post #8 of 12
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Optimo Hats, in addition to being one of--if not the best--custom hat makers in the U.S., also has a wide range of hat services, including cleaning and blocking:
http://optimohats.com/#/hat_services/

Thanks for this, I've been looking for a place that sells high quality hats.  It's too bad their online shop isn't functioning yet, a trip to Chicago might be a ways off.

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by NoCleverName View Post

Thanks for this, I've been looking for a place that sells high quality hats.  It's too bad their online shop isn't functioning yet, a trip to Chicago might be a ways off.
their phones work - very well, in fact. Give them a call and they will be able to help you. Also, Man of Lint's advice was very good.
post #10 of 12
I like the look of the Biltmore, congratulations on finding such a handsome hat on your first venture into the world of hatwearing. I'm a hat wearer myself, have been fairly consistently for nearly twenty years, but I started young! My first hats I bought from local outfitters here in the UK - places like Dunn & Co and small family-run businesses. Then I started getting Olney hats from bigger chains like Austin Reed, now I use a combination of eBay and an online firm called Top Secret Hats - they have a good range including Christy's. My particular favourite is their special-make Swerford: http://www.topsecrethats.com/Swerford-Fur-Felt-Fedora

In terms of colours I started with greys and I still keep returning to the colour; I have three shades of grey at the moment plus navy blue, green velour and caramel. My brown one, a Mink Stetson Pinnacle, I am selling at the moment. I plan to replace it with another brown in a slightly different shape, as I have decided that I like hats with very little taper to the crown (hard to find these days). For formal use I have a homburg, which is indeed in black, and I am hoping to get a grey one if I can find a decent vintage example in my price range in my size.

I second Dopey, Man of Lint's advice is very good, I could probably have done with it when I was starting out! Personally I wear a hat day in and day out even without a topcoat, which is perhaps more likely to garner attention than topcoat and fedora. The latter is a classic combination.

Good luck with getting your Lock cleaned, and do post pictures!


ETA some hat pictures for your delectation:

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Edited by Anthony Jordan - 9/17/12 at 12:36am
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by NoCleverName View Post

Thanks for this, I've been looking for a place that sells high quality hats.  It's too bad their online shop isn't functioning yet, a trip to Chicago might be a ways off.

If you can arrange a trip to Chicago, I strongly recommend stopping by Optimo, Their store is something of a mecca for hat aficionados, and getting a custom fit in person is infinitely preferable to ordering online.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

THANKS GUYS!!!!

 

 

have a great day.

bob

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