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Originally Posted by JLibourel View Post

^Fair amount of crossover in hat styles. The homburg, once it ceased to be German folk costume, was first a ladies' hat, then was masculinized. I know for many years Indian women in Bolivia commonly wore derbies/bowlers and may still for all I know.

Yeah there are some scenes at the end of Quantum of Solace with the native women wearing conspicuously small bowler hats perched on their heads.
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Originally Posted by JLibourel View Post

^Fair amount of crossover in hat styles. The homburg, once it ceased to be German folk costume, was first a ladies' hat, then was masculinized. I know for many years Indian women in Bolivia commonly wore derbies/bowlers and may still for all I know.

 

Still do.

 

 

Pretty versatile hat.

 

 

 

 

lefty

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PSG asked me to post some of my hat fits, so here they are...
Summer Hats.






























(with Gerald, GShen, & Diana of Vanda )


( photo by Nick Tucker )


( winning entry to the Hacket London-Sartorial Man competition Christmas 2011)




( with the folks, DFO & JEO )










( TTO & father, JEO, wearing my other panama, which seems to be on permanent loan )

Winter hats & caps tomorrow maybe?
-TTO
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Originally Posted by Ianiceman View Post

I knew from your post a few days ago that you would object to the word 'costumey' if you saw this thread.

It puzzles me why you are so sensitive about it. You have clearly stated your aim to dress in a manner not just influenced by but in direct parity to the style of 60 to 70 years ago. How is this not a costume, no matter how well you may hit the mark?

The other day you posted a picture of yourself in a perfectly executed formal morning rig, and when asked where you wore it, IIRC you replied 'breakfast'. That kind of outfit, while still seen at Royal Ascot, the Queen's garden parties and knighthood investitures, and the rare formal wedding, hasn't been worn to a breakfast diner in ... ever?

There was a bloke in my home town known as 'The Spectre' who was regularly seen in Victorian dress - frock coat, top hat, ruffled shirt with oversize bow tie, silver topped cane etc. like you, we'll executed but no one was in any doubt, least of all he, that this was costumey no matter how much he had enfolded his dress sense into his personal lifestyle. So you can rail against the word as much as you like but by any definition your clothing style is costumey. It's an adjective, and as far as I can tell, not used in a pejorative sense. You can whine about it or embrace it, but choosing the latter would suit you more.

I do not wear Morning Dress specifically for Breakfast, I wear Morning Dress routinley because I love formalizing daily activties, it helps me make the day more poetic. I can not speak for "The Spectre" because I do not know the chap, but the reason I take such great personal offense to the words "costume", is to me, a costume in American-English means pretend, playing dress up, something that is fake. My style is a direct expression of my thoughts, virtues, and ideals. When you say my style is a costume you are saying the expression of my principles are a facade and I am a man of no substance, only a pretend image. You may see me as whining but I find it a matter of principle to represent and defend what I stand for with full conviction.
Edited by Tibor - 4/14/13 at 6:17am
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-TTO
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TTO - I knew you would come through with great pics. fistbump.gif
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Great thread! I'd love to learn how to wear hats. Choosing the right one is tough. I've looked for quite a few years and so far only I've only found caps that look right.

I'd love to find a wide brimmed hat for the summer. I thinking shielding the face and eyes from the sun is important.
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Winter hats & caps.


















Father & I












( taken by Nick Tucker for the C&theD website )


(taken by Nick Tucker for the C&theD website )




( again, by Nick Tucker for C&theD )













-TTO
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TTO......icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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I just ordered a bowler - thanks for those shots. You may have just given me the confidence to wear it.
 

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-TTO
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Originally Posted by upr_crust View Post

I wear hats in winter with formal overcoats as a matter of course, out of necessity (I am bald, and New York winters are cold), and out of a sense of style (the look of a man wearing a suit, a proper overcoat, and a baseball cap is just stupid - and knit caps, as practical as they are, look horrible on me)....

Not everyone's face is suited to wear a fedora or other "proper" hat, nor does everyone's general mien work with the look, but for those of us who can wear a hat, there is no better frame for one's face, and it gives one an extra dose of "presence".
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post

I never cared for hats, but my Dermatologist insisted that I use sunscreen and wear a hat. I regret not having done so as a younger man. I would have avoided having basal cells carved out of my scalp or pre-cancerous spots removed. According to my Dermo, most of these spots are a result of sun exposure in my early years.

As a 28 year old who has started to lose his hair I'm inclined to start looking and learning about hats. Living in Calgary we get cold winters but also a lot of sun year round so both of the above reasons to wear hats definitely hold weight for me. This thread has started to provide some basics, and the pictures are handy for sure(thanks TTO) but I feel like there's a wealth of hat knowledge that I need to learn before starting to invest and I'm not sure where to look.

How do I know what hats are suitable for what situations or what to wear in different seasons?
How do you figure out sizing, the circumference is one thing but I'm sure there are other dimensions at play, AdamWill mentioned crown height in post 101?
Do certain hats lend themselves better to certain head shapes?(as per crusty's comment above)
What tones/colours are best for hats to make them versatile with your wardrobe?
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