Originally Posted by Abudeeba
Interesting thought. I sometimes wonder if the resurgence of the hat isn't a reaction to the turbulent times we live in, and our desire for icons that evoke order and sensibility.
Yes, that is what I see. I also see the country headed into a ten-twenty-plus year period in which the standard of living declines for most people. Two more data points supporting this argument: the rise of ebay and the mad popularity of "uncluttering" advice. Folks are going through their stuff and taking inventory. Secondhand markets appear to be thriving.
If we are moving back to a time when the fabled abundance is not so abundant, there's going to be more scrutiny on the quality of the fewer things we can afford to enjoy.
The classic hat, the sportcoat, wool pants, handmade (recraftable) shoes, these are things that were perfected in lean times. If we are returning to lean times, that might explain the resurgence in interest in such things.
It's just a theory ...