Lotta good advice in the previous posts. I wear fedoras on a daily basis. I have a couple of homburgs from Biltmore that seem reasonably nice (although obviously not as nice as counterparts costing twice as much). I hardly ever wear them though. At least in my part of the country (Southern California) they seem almost as out of place and "dress costumey" as a derby or even a topper. (And, mind you, I'm going to turn 63 in a few weeks, so I don't need to worry about the homburg as an "old guy" hat, now being an old guy.) I would use as a touchstone whether you see any number of other men in homburgs. If so, then go for it. I actually think the homburg (when worn with a dark suit, etc.) is actually much more flattering to my face than most fedoras, but the reality is that in much of America you will be conspicuously weird wearing one (except perhaps in a semi-formal setting). Most people that see you will probably think it's a derby, BTW. A few other thoughts: I would strongly second Son of Brummell's advice about actually trying the hat on in a mirror before buying. How hat looks on you is a delicate business--a little "off" and you can look like a real doofus in it. Finally, don't ever buy ANY hat made of wool felt.
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2/25/05 at 10:21pm