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

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

  1. guyver00

    guyver00 Senior member

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    So is there a rule of thumb on how to select the right brim width to go with the face? I think I'll try to wear a hat starting this year, with a Panama hat first.

    Most brim width seems to be between 2" to 2.5". Anything narrower than that looks really hipster-ish (I hate that look), and anything above 3" seems like I'm going to appear on the show Mantracker, or a cowboy..
     


  2. ImTheGroom

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    When I bought my first hat, I was convinced, because of my relatively small stature and frame, that I would want/need a small brim. This was also during the apex of the stingy brim Fedora trend. (For the record, my desire for a fedora predated the trend, but means and opportunity did not accompany that motive for a few years.) none of the smaller brim hats worked, and I was beginning to think that, maybe, a had wasn't for me. I was quite dejected.

    The hat was a Christmas gift from my mom, so she had taken me shopping. She pointed out that the cowboy hat of tried on for fun had actually looked really great. Therefore, she continued, a more classic, wider brimmed fedora might be just the ticket. I tried it on and she was absolutely right.

    I'm really not sure what a rule of thumb might be, here, but there is certainly proportionality to the width of the face, and the width of the shoulders, at work.
     
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  3. guyver00

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    Yeah, I figure it might be a lot easier to try the hat on in person to figure out what will fit my face body, the other alternative is to buy a few vintage hats off Ebay and try it, although not so easy when I have a huge noggin.

    What would be the brim width of a classic fedora?
     


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    I have been lurking for a couple(or more) years and have decided to step up give my thoughts a voice for the first time on this forum.

    I wear hats daily. I have no hair and being in the Southern sun requires protection. I have caps and brimmed hats. Baseball caps, in my opinion, are an abomination.

    This is my faithful friend of over a decade. The summer finds me living in this panama hat.


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    guyver00 Senior member

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    Damn, that's a nice Panama hat. Montecristi? Those 3" brim must be good at keeping the sun away from the face.
     


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    Thank you guyver. It is a Montecristi. The wider brim is the perfect width for my needs.
     


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    2.5 is perfect for felt. Any more/less is a shape of your face thing.

    With straw 2.5 is minimum/don't bother and 3 is ideal IMO after wearing Panama hats since 1985 in summer worldwide (no skin cancer so far being an Anglo/Celt).
     
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    I'm going to a wedding in St. Lucia in December. I'm looking for recommendations on straw panama hats- or other styles you might think superior. I'd like something budget friendly, as the trip is breaking the bank a little bit. Under $100, ideally. If it oly lasts a couple of years, so be it.
     


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    Perhaps these 2 Ebay sellers?

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/panamahatsecuador/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/taita.ecuador/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

    I have not bought from either of them, but it seems they're highly recommended.
     


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    Thanks! I quite like that brown one they have on there right now.
     


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    I think I'm going to have to get a wider brimmed hat. :D those look good!
     


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    I would email Panama Bob (Panama Hats of Montecristi) and tell him what you want. His quality is excellent and his prices are reasonable.
     


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    Yes, I have two more fashiony trilbies from Goorin Bros, and I agree their quality is good. That link isn't working, but there are several good options on Goorin Bros' site, for less than I'd have expected. One that looks about right for $65. Thanks for the lead!
     


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    I will send him a note. Thank you!
     


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