Men's Hats: A Discussion Thread, Questions, Opinions, Suggestions...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by GusW, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. mr monty

    mr monty Senior member

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  2. AdamWill

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    oh man, that thing is gorgeous.
     


  3. mhdena

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    I shaved my head Dec, 2011. The 1st thing I noticed was how cold my head got just walking through the house in So Cal.

    I discovered the Fedora Lounge and now have several custom fedoras as well as custom Panamas.

    And women do notice and compliment always.
     


  4. meister

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    Unhatted and bald can meet at least 30% of heat loss in winter and sunstroke(+ or - heatstroke) in summer.

    In the USA and EUR this can be a source of great discomfort.

    Down Under in summer unhatted = a source of skin cancer especially in Queensland which has an ultra violet count like 30% more than the rest of the world.
     


  5. meister

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    very poor construction when viewed beside vintage ones on eBay IMO
     


  6. texas_jack

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    Hats are still somewhat popular amongst African Americans. My dad wears one occasionally and I do too. My dad is 67 so he came of age after they fell out in the mainstream.
     
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    nephew,
    the best hatmaker
     


  8. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    [​IMG]
    brown fedora
     


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    Can anyone tell me what style this hat would be called, and where to acquire such styles? ( RTH is where this particular hat is from, but Im looking for other options)
    Im looking for a casual, summer/desert friendly hat, any suggestions will be graciously considered.
    Thanks!
     
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  10. eglbc

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    double post...
     
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  11. Master Squirrel

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    Just bought a cheap boater from the Gentleman's Emporium. Will let you know what I think when it comes in.
     


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    This thread is wonderful! I hope to make some good contributions from my meagre collection. I wonder if one reason why so many young folk do look affected is because they use the hat to make up for deficiencies elsewhere in the outfit, missing all the other details. TTO has just shown how it's done properly, by a guy who's not been around during the heydey of hat-wearing. I myself will admit that any hesitation I have to post fits wearing hats is due to my lack of confidence in the fit of the garments rather than the look or fit of the hat. To that end, here's a pic of a recent vintage store purchase of a deadstock Adam's summer hat. A little large for my small face and frame, but very functional as I walk about campus and around town a bit.

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  13. omgitswes

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    I've been wanting to try out hats for a while now. Not too sure how well they can be pulled off with a casual outfit though. Might buy a panama just to try it out this summer.

    What stores are these readily available? Haven't seen hats in stores in a long time and I'd rather try it on in person rather than order one
     


  14. AdamWill

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    omgitswes: it kinda depends on where you are. Upscale department stores usually have one or two 'proper' hats. Lower end ones usually only have paper/cloth fashion crap. Dedicated hat shops are the best option; they're usually only present in decent-sized cities these days, though. What's your nearest city?

    edit: panama can look fine with a casual outfit, though it depends how casual you're talking. As a rule of thumb, if your shirt has buttons on it - even including polos, at least *nice* polos - you can probably pull off a panama with it. (I wear mine for golfing, with just a pair of golf pants and a golf shirt, all the time). If we're talking 'beach shorts and tank top' casual, it might look a tad incongruous. I have a more rustic-y straw hat I pull out for super-casual outfits - it's a very wide weave made of very rough straw, with no real hatband but a stripe of the straw dyed black in imitation of one.
     
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  15. omgitswes

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    Birmingham, Nashville, or Atlanta. I'll be in Atlanta this summer so hopefully there are stores there
     


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