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Lawrence & Foster Flat Cap advice needed

TexasToast

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Hello all im thinking about getting a L&F flat cap but not really sure what fabric/color to get I could use some advice.

I'd like to buy a Garforth flat cap in Twiss which is the color I like, To tell you the truth I don't know what color that is. I assume it's black or grey not sure I should email them.

Second question is I plan on just buying one flat cap and want to get a color that's versatile and goes together with almost everything that's why I chose Twiss are there any other colors I should consider.

Thanks in advance for your help.
 
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Like yourself, I also intended to buy just one cap, as I prefer to keep my wardrobe simple. I chose a color/fabric combo that does not match any of my outerwear. In my case, brown herringbone Donegal tweed was a good choice since my F/W outerwear consists of a plain navy topcoat and two waxed cotton jackets (dark brown and olive).

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By the way, the color Twiss reminds me of that SNL Levi's sketch:
"That is the color Greb. They not brown, but they not not brown."
 

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Like yourself, I also intended to buy just one cap, as I prefer to keep my wardrobe simple. I chose a color/fabric combo that does not match any of my outerwear. In my case, brown herringbone Donegal tweed was a good choice since my F/W outerwear consists of a plain navy topcoat and two waxed cotton jackets (dark brown and olive).

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By the way, the color Twiss reminds me of that SNL Levi's sketch:
"That is the color Greb. They not brown, but they not not brown."
Thanks for the suggestion, That SNL skit is to die for cause I'm "Woke" lol.
 

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I have several flat caps. If I was only going to have 1, it would be a tweed, not a linen one. Unfortunately though there isn't a single cap color that will go with everything. It's kind of like shoes that way.
If you intend to only wear it with a coat (and taking it off when you take off your coat) then you buy the color that coordinates with that coat.

If you intend to wear it with/without the coat then it's trickier because the hat must coordinate with the coat and the outfit underneath it.

Looking at their site, I like a number of their tweeds, but being green based they're not as versatile. It's also challenging to tell how light or dark some of the shades will be. A brown or navy blue is going to be the most versatile color. But it's tough to tell how dark some of the blues really are. Charcoal or black really only work well if you only wear with your coat and you have a coat color that matches well with it.
 

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Thanks johng70 I've been rethinking my choice of color/fabric selection something other that Twiss. I'm now looking at Dove now since I want to wear the hat with a suit. I also thought it was challenging to tel some of the colors. I'm going to look through some more of their offerings
 

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Thanks johng70 I've been rethinking my choice of color/fabric selection something other that Twiss. I'm now looking at Dove now since I want to wear the hat with a suit.
Pairing with a suit will be tricky. In 1920 when the look was more common, suits were a heavier weight wool so the weight/texture of the hat worked with the suit. So, depending on the cloth/weight of your suit it may look odd paired with some of the tweed fabrics. It's much easier to pair a tweed cap with heavier weight casual wear - denim, cords, flannel.
I have 5 different flat caps - I wouldn't wear any of them with my suits (but I don't have any tweed/flannel suites either)
 

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Thanks again for the insight and history of pairing of fabrics and hats. This new information has made me to consider a different approach for a hat. I can see the logic off your comments because nowadays the only time you see flat caps are on people who are wearing casual climbing. Just out of curiosity what would you still reccomend a flat cap just for warmth not as an accessory regardless of what you were wearing.
 

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If you're wearing the cap for warmth, I would think you've got a coat. So, if you're in a suit and overcoat a flat cap can be coordinated with the overcoat. But I would also take off the hat when I remove the coat.
 

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If you're wearing the cap for warmth, I would think you've got a coat. So, if you're in a suit and overcoat a flat cap can be coordinated with the overcoat. But I would also take off the hat when I remove the coat.
Thanks I wasn't too off the mark in my thinking thanks for the validation.
 

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I popped into their business unit in Castleford and rummaged around the available materials. They are very friendly.
 

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