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Can you pull off a hat (i.e fedora) ever??

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Yamas, May 4, 2009.

  1. KObalto

    KObalto Well-Known Member

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    I've got 2 beaver fedoras and a Montecristi Panama. I wear the beavers in the cold and rain, the Panama when it's hot and I'm wearing a summer suit. If you have to ask if you can pull it off, you can't. You have to wear it with confidence and a lack of self-consciousness. I notice more and more men wearing fedoras with business attire.
     
  2. JLibourel

    JLibourel Well-Known Member

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    I wear a hat whenever I am going to be out and about in the elements for any length of time (exception: walks on warm summer evenings and nights). For some years I wore fedoras quite a bit but eventually decided they seemed a bit on the costume-y side. Ironically, the first, "Hat" issue of the ill-fated Classic Style had a big influence on my decreased use of hats. Most of the guys wearing them just looked like costume enthusiasts to me.

    I will wear them when circumstances demand it. Just this morning I walked home a couple of miles after dropping my car off for servicing, and I did wear a very battered outdoorsy fedora for sun protection. (I thought it was a bit too cool this morning for a Panama.)

    I wear hats a lot less now that I no longer have dogs to walk, my wife's elliptical machine having replaced walking to a large extent as a source of exercise.
     
  3. ManofKent

    ManofKent Well-Known Member

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    I'd add "am I barmis, Labelking, or Man of Kent" to that.

    Regrettably, some people just look stupid in fedoras. I am one of them.


    Thanks!

    A hat's like any clothing - if you don't feel reasonably confident in your clothing it looks odd. I suspect most posters would look fine once they found the right crown height and brim width (I look terrible in narrower brims).
     
  4. Cas Ruffin

    Cas Ruffin Well-Known Member

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    It just doesn't work with my size head.
     
  5. greekonomist

    greekonomist Well-Known Member

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    I'd like to try it, but I have no idea how to choose an appropriate style.

    I also suspect it would end up sitting in my closet.
     
  6. HORNS

    HORNS Well-Known Member

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    I wear a hat in cold or drizzly weather - like today. I've lost a lot of hair, so the utility of a hat is strong with me.
     
  7. Geoff Gander

    Geoff Gander Well-Known Member

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    I wear a homburg now and then. People have told me it looks good, and I like it, so as far as I'm concerned that's good enough for me. However, I suppose I should submit to the judges here....
     
  8. TheDarkKnight

    TheDarkKnight Well-Known Member

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    I would certainly wear a hat if it suited me, but of the several I have tried on, I feel they don't suit my face size and shape.
     
  9. denning

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    bowtielover Well-Known Member

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    I think it is all about the attitude of the wearer, you have to show confidence in what you wear. I have trouble with hats, once I take them off my hair is all messed up.
     
  11. eg1

    eg1 Well-Known Member

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    I wear hats for a purpose -- typically sun or cold. I have no use for a purely decorative hat, though a purposeful hat need not be unstylish.
     
  12. pbc

    pbc Well-Known Member

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    To say "I tried a hat and they don't look good on me" is like saying "I tried suit and they don't look good on me." Hats may be more finicky in appearance since they are on top of your head and frame the face, but I would find it hard to believe that a person simply doesn't look good in any hat. Like shoes, suit, tie, etc. would it not be a matter of finding the right hat? Color, style, fit, texture, brim, curl, crown, bash, ribbon, finish, etc. all come into play.

    This isn't to imply that one has to wear a hat or even has to like or want one. But like a suit, chances are good there is one, or likely several out there that look good on you.
     
  13. Classically

    Classically Well-Known Member

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    How can you wear one of these and maintain the classy look?

    Yes, yes and yes. Check profile pic.
     
  14. Classically

    Classically Well-Known Member

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    I wear a fedora in bad weather in winter, but it's had the daylights beat out of it, so at least it doesn't look I just brought it out for a costume party. My girlfriend hates it.

    I tend to think fedoras are less conspicuous in a cold drizzle, say, than on a balmy spring day. For guys under 50 or so, they need the right setting, and they need a certain attire, either very dressy or a little eccentric. (My stuff leans toward the latter category.) The hat and T-shirt combo so popular with fat guys ought to be eradicated.

    In summer, I wear a panama, which my girlfriend considers equally crazy. But I think she finds it more appealing than the beat-up fedora.


    +100000000000000000000*infinity

    I approve of all of this. Try an akubra stylemaster for a slightly more casual hat.
     
  15. Teger

    Teger Well-Known Member

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    do any of you hat wearers have pictures?
     
  16. delightindisorder

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    I used to wear a fedora before I moved to the south. In the summer it's a Panama hat or a skimmer. Borsalino makes a nice wool cap for those casual cool rainy days.
     
  17. Classically

    Classically Well-Known Member

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    do any of you hat wearers have pictures?

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  18. Teger

    Teger Well-Known Member

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    that looks much better than I expected
     
  19. barims

    barims Well-Known Member

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    Fine, I'll play: [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  20. Zenny

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    Smaller brims only, otherwise I look like foo.
     

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