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How to wear a panama hat

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Hampton, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. Hampton

    Hampton Senior member

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    I'm really enjoying the look of the panama hat. And on summer i'm gonna try this out on my vacation to Singapore. My question is now: How to pull it off the best way as casual and formal (linen suit?)

    And which models, brand andquality is the best one. Borsalino maybe?

    Pictures would be great.
     
  2. Ianiceman

    Ianiceman Senior member

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    Proper Panamas are made in Ecuador not Panama, so start by checking the label to see where it's made. The best are called Montecritis and have a texture like linen such that they could easily be rolled up and pocketed without any harm. They are very expensive.

    I would suggest getting two if you like them. Get a more formal fedora styled one that you can wear with a light blazer, linen jacket, even jacket less for your evening stroll for food and drinks. Then get a more rigid cheap pork pie one to wear with shorts on the beach that won't break your heart if you lose it in the wind or a seagull shites on it.
     
  3. Hampton

    Hampton Senior member

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    Damn $7500 is way out of my league. Didn't even know there was so expensive hats...

    I found a Borsalino hat in town that I liked but will check the info on that. It was around $250. And that's actually more then I want to spend.

    How does the formal fedora look if you can show that. So I know what to look for (is it the normal ones?)
     
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    MyOtherLife Senior member

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  6. Hampton

    Hampton Senior member

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    Thanks will check that out.

    Optimo seems more formal then casual? Or it could be used as both?
     
  7. Jellybean

    Jellybean Active Member

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    Loads of info, ethical hats and the finest in the world here:

    http://www.brentblack.com/

    ...and you thought $7500 was expensive!

    Enjoy:)
     
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    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Great link Lefty, thank you. I like the audio testimonials section there. Real nice.
     
  9. Hampton

    Hampton Senior member

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    Thanks. And once again DAMN.
     
  10. Caicaraskiki

    Caicaraskiki New Member

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    I just bought a real Ecuadorian Panama hat in Saugatuck, Michigan last weekend. The inside band states, "Ecuador Hats," "100% Paja Toquilla - Natural Montecristi."

    I paid $30.00, as did my cousin and brother. Bought them here:

    http://www.otavalito.com/ - hope that's not a violation. Looks just like the one being worn by Sean Connery.
     
  11. Mid-Modernist

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    Probably not. But the Panama deserves it's own.

    I got a rollable Optimo Cuenca for £50 from http://www.panamahats.co.uk/, It's not bad, but I've also ordered a Montecristi fedora from https://www.brentblack.com/ (for considerably more!). My thinking is a sun hat is a good thing to have, and a panama is the nicest straw hat of all. Hopefully I will get years out out them. We don't get too much sun in Ireland, but since we tend towards the pale skinned, it's more important that we protect ourselves when the sun emerges.

    Will post a few pic's when I get a chance.
     
  12. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    Wearing my Brent Black Panama hat this week. Keeps the sun off my bald head.

    I wear mine pretty much any time I am planning on spending much time walking around outside in the sun (when I'm not wearing athletic clothing.) Back when my kids were playing sports, the hat got used every weekend for spectating their sporting activities.

    Goes fine with anything from jeans to khakis, to linen.
     
  13. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    Here's a pic:

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    (Cross posted from WAYWRN casual)
     
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  14. comrade

    comrade Senior member

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    I lived in Ecuador for several years before most of you were born.
    I picked up a cheap one at an open air market. It probably cost the
    equivalent of fifty cents. It looked presentable for decades. I still have
    it somewhere.
     
  15. RDiaz

    RDiaz Senior member

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    Very nice, Kai. Brent Black's stuff makes me dribble. I can't really justify paying the price of a nice Montecristi right now... got a somewhat decent brisa weave Cuenca yesterday for sun protection, which I need for my balding head. Maybe I'll get some pics up later...
     
  16. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    I've had my Brent Black hat for I think 7 or 8 years. Pretty sure that prices have risen a bit since I got my Montecristi all those years ago.

    I've got one of his "safari edition" hats on order. Darker in color than the Montecristi, it's a bit more all-season than the lighter classic Panama. (It's going to replace a cheap brown straw hat I've been wearing.)

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  17. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Something to keep in mind - the finer the hat, the less it breathes. On the other hand, the finer ones are lighter, look great and last longer. I have two. A very fine one I wear for more dressy occasions and a decent one for every day. The everyday ones are a bit airy as the weave is not so dense. They also wear out and get replaced every year or two.
     
  18. mhdena

    mhdena Senior member

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    The finer the weave the hotter the hats are, here is a solution
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    Finished by Art Fawcett
     
  19. mhdena

    mhdena Senior member

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    You can never have to many hat threads!
     

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