35 yrs olds - old enough to carry off a hat?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Flashman, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. kuwisdelu

    kuwisdelu Senior member

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    Dude we've seen your pics and the jig is up, just stop
    Dude, if you don't like them, that's fine. What reason do I have to lie? Seriously. SF isn't the whole world, as some here may think.
     


  2. hendrix

    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    +1 It took me a bit to figure that out. Now when I wear one I don't care what other people think, though often I get a positive response. Usually from women, and also older gentlemen.

    It's definitely a self-conscious thing.

    It's like the first time a college kid (me) tucks in a shirt when going clubbing. You feel like you're trying too hard. Then after a while you realise it just looks better and you'd feel sloppy wearing it untucked.

    I think in the rain a good quality hat is great. It's no less affected than an umbrella.
     


  3. Flashman

    Flashman Senior member

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    I would add that whatever the hat, make sure it is of a styling & color that suits your skin tones, face shape & body frame. Not everyone can pull off every style of hat.
    There are exceptions ofcourse, but when you are trying on hats and you have one on that looks stunning on you, it's probably the right chioce.
    Think also which suits/jackets/coats you will most wear the hat with, when choosing.
    Wear with an air of ease and confidence and smile or wink when ladies look & pass by.
    You'll get more smiles than you can imagine, and possibly some phone numbers too.


    This exactly is it.
    I do.
    I do - and the ladies DO tend to look a LOT more than they used to! So a smile is always offered!
    Waiting for the numbers - i might need to be less shy with the smile!!![​IMG]
     


  4. Flashman

    Flashman Senior member

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    You know what? Just buy an Akubra stylemaster in Carbon if you're looking for something casual or for work. The hat's cheap, sturdy and looks just as good as a Stetson or any other hat. I wouldn't recommend it for anything formal though. You might be better off investing in a coke for work but be prepared to catch some flack for it though.

    One thing to note, confidence is only half the battle or three quarters if you don't care what other people think.



    I have one - and have worn it past 2+ years with my Barbour jackets during winter.
     


  5. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    Most of the shops aimed at younger men here are pushing fedoras. So at 35 I'd say you're too old
     


  6. dsmolken

    dsmolken Senior member

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    Start doing it when it's raining. That seems to dull peoples' reactions to hats. I'm 34 and wear brimmed hats when biking in rain or snow.
     


  7. Classically

    Classically Senior member

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    Most of the shops aimed at younger men here are pushing fedoras. So at 35 I'd say you're too old
    Correction. Most hat stores try to push Trilbys onto young men who don't know better. As far as I'm concerned, most young men wear it because they're trying to fit in with the rest of the crowd trying to look like fashionable rappers (I'm just trying to clarify not rant.) as opposed to having any real sense of style.
     


  8. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    I think you look very decent in a hat. I think the same of Neofinita(sp?). At the same time I feel like AlanC who is always wearing a hat in the WAYWT thread never really looks great in his hats. Don't get me wrong, from the neck down he looks great ...

    Regrettably, that's true with or without the hat...
     


  9. cimabue

    cimabue Senior member

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    A classic trilby is an excellent entry point into the world of hats for a younger man. So many great brands to choose from: Makins, Bailey of Hollywood, Christy's, etc. The hat shape is very important. I like a stingy brim and low, tear-drop shaped crown. I want to get Christy's Sportsman next for my winter hat and for wear with an Aero Long Half Belt. Lock & Co. might have some nice models but too expensive for me, especially since I can't lay my hands on one before choosing. Not stocked in the US anywhere.
     


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    amplifiedheat Senior member

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    You could be a special exception, but I've never seen a man look earnestly good in a hat who wasn't old enough to have worn hats back when they were regularly worn.

    They were young once, too.
     


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    Some people look great with a hat and very recently a lot of younger artists have been seen wearing them around like Timberlake or Pete Doherty.

    Carrying off a hat is not a question of age but of attitude and look.
    I saw a two tone ska last week wearing a hat and the look was brilliant.

    The good thing with hats they're so different in shape and form that you will always find one suiting your persona and allround appearance.
     


  12. Flashman

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    Gents lets make things clear....we are talking about classic fedora NOT the rappers-with-a-trilby-jeans-waistcoat-and-trainers-look! The right look [​IMG] and The WRONG look [​IMG]
     


  13. cimabue

    cimabue Senior member

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    Gents lets make things clear....we are talking about classic fedora NOT the rappers-with-a-trilby-jeans-waistcoat-and-trainers-look!

    The right look
    [​IMG]

    and

    The WRONG look
    [​IMG]


    I hardly aspire to looking like a rapper . . .

    But I do hope the gangster costume works out for you. Thompson SMGs are cool.
     


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    The relative shape and style of the hat to the person is very important. I have a rather large head (in more than one context) and I once tried on a stingy brim Trilby, which looked like a Dixie cup sitting on a bowling ball.

    I love my wider brim Fedora and Panama hats however, and wear them all the time. My wife has even bought me a Fedora in the past because she thinks I (and most men in her opinion) look great in a hat.
     


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