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

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

  1. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I stopped in at Cable Car Clothiers yesterday:

    Lots of new woven hats for Spring...

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    Summer flat caps as well



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  2. Master Squirrel

    Master Squirrel Senior member

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    Ugh, he's got more problems than the boater. Not too tough if you pair it up right. I wore mine with a linen jacket over the weekend won a prize for "best dressed". However, I don't intend it to be my only summer hat. It's more of a Concert in the Park/Forth of July/State Fair hat.
     
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  3. Master Squirrel

    Master Squirrel Senior member

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    Also, a Goorin Bros shop just opened in my neighborhood. Why did you folks not tell me?
     
  4. Roycru

    Roycru Senior member

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    For those of you who have been in Brooks Brothers recently and seen the "Gatsby" straw boaters, for comparison, here is a Lock & Company Made In England straw boater (and original Brooks Brothers hatbox) that I got at Brooks Brothers in the late '60's.......[​IMG]
     
  5. mr monty

    mr monty Senior member

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    Yes, the boater is a hard hat to pull off. Photo #1 = good fit. Photo #2 = bad fit
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  6. mhdena

    mhdena Senior member

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    Photo 2 guy has it right, you should always tilt your hat. Wear it like you own it!!

    Photo 1 guy isn't pulling the boater off at all, the Panama guy, yes he is.
     
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  8. lefty

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    That's my point. Outside of "Concert in the Park/Forth of July/State Fair/My friends we got trouble; right here in River City" I can't think of a sillier hat.

    Even inside those events it's costume. Great song, though.

    Goorin makes pretty shitty hats. You can do better.

    lefty
     
  9. Roycru

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    Boys at Harrow showing a variety of options......[​IMG]
     
  10. Zephyrnoid

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    Too lazy to post specific images but there a bunch of hat pages in my Advertorial blog for those interested.
    I don't buy or sell so no spam issues here, but comments are welcome.
     
  11. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My wife, growing up in the UK, wore a straw boater in the Spring with a tie and blazer at her all girls school. From the photos it was a cute look.
     
  12. add911_11

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    Yep, that is relatively common, only for the English public school.
     
  13. Tirailleur1

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    Andy Spade in a Ghanian Bolgatanga grass weave hat

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    One of mine with a smaller brim

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  14. Master Squirrel

    Master Squirrel Senior member

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    Hater's going to hate.
    They are a bit fashion forward, but they fit, and the ones I've owned have lasted despite daily abuse.
     
  15. Ed Wiser

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    Agree with Lefty on the Goorin Brothers. But if all one has to compare them with is Target hats they would seem to be better hats.
    Once you get a proper Fedora from a good hatter or vintage you see why they are so bad real fast. Its more of an education one has to under go just like with all the other pieces of clothing one buy's.
     
  16. Ianiceman

    Ianiceman Senior member

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    I don't think I've ever seen a straw boater in the wild, on either side of the pond, outside of costume parties and barbershop quartets. I think to all intents and purposes they are dead. I also can't think of a single occasion to wear one in today's world where a well made and shaped panama wouldn't be a better choice, QED the photo above.
     
  17. bboysdontcryy

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    They're frequently seen at the Henley Royal Regatta and other rowing events. If you're in the city of London (CBD etc), it'd only be natural that you don't see people wear such hats. Brits tend to dress to the occasion. However, to wear it anywhere else might seem a little costume-y, and rightly so, especially if the choice of clothing isn't occasion-appropriate.

    Being 'fashion-forward' is a different matter.

    It's also worn by students at Harrow School, and by students for certain events at Eton College (similar to Andover and Exeter).
     
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  18. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    Not impossible; just for advanced players only in very specific situations.

    Or chicks. Women can pretty much pull off any hat.

    lefty
     
  19. Tirailleur1

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    Are you referring to my pics?
     
  20. Ianiceman

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    No - those posted by Mr. Monty, esp. the one with the fella in the boater next to the fella in the panama.
    FWIW I much prefer the hat you are sporting to the one worn by Mr. Spade. I think there's an invisible threshold for brim width, beyond which unless you're on horseback the effect of the hat wanes drastically.
     

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