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

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

  1. AdamWill

    AdamWill Senior member

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    I've never heard that 'rule' before, can't think of a good logical reason for it, and I'm sure I've seen shorter guys wear hats very nicely before. Where'd you hear that?
     


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    I wear hats this style year round. I don't think I could pull off a full brim hat. Some people can definitely rock the look but in my opinion there aren't many who do it well.
     


  3. mr monty

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    Winter and fall only. Summertime is panama time!

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  4. GusW

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  5. mr monty

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  6. JLibourel

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    And why does that man have his hat on indoors? Because he is a gangster/gambler. Doesn't that say something?
     


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    Here are some of mine. Clockwise from top left:

    - Grey 1960s Dobbs Golden Coach trilby, 7 1/4. The felt's really thick and luxurious, and holds whatever shape you put it in with no arguments. This one's got a wind string/trolley cord.
    - Black 1960s Kevin McAndrew lord's hat, 7 1/8. Beaver felt. The ribbon was the same size as the Golden Coach felt, but I felt that it wasn't conductive to the shape of the hat so I folded it over halfway and redid the bow by hand. Got a nice frayed edge to the bow.
    - Old trapper's hat, unknown vintage. No tags, no information whatsoever, but it's made of wool and a soft brown fur. Five panel construction. There aren't any cords to tie the two flaps together.
    - Modern green corduroy cotton sporting cap. It has a snap front.
    - Blue 1930s "Beaumont Hats by Tower Hat Corp." reverse taper fedora. Self-banded, easily the best hat I've ever seen. The blue rabbit felt has some white hairs thrown in for variety's sake.
    - 1950s "shower-proof" bangora straw hat, 7 1/4. Had to replace the sweatband and steam it from inside to get some dents out. Ventilation holes on both sides.
     
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  8. AdamWill

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  9. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Back in the day, MAD Magazine referred to this type of hat as a "Madison Avenue crash helmet," if I remember rightly. And yeah, they were pretty scarce by 1969. But then, MADison Ave, the industry if not the street, was a stand-in for "the man." And "the man" wore a hat, if he felt like it. Still does. :)
     


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    If you google that term (with quotes) you find that modern sources are using it with reference to a narrow brim hat with a centre crease around 1963, but the publications of the time (mostly google scanned newspapers, featuring what looks like a PR release in news form from October 17th 1958) are using it for a smart Derby hat.

    The Derby would make more sense in in terms of the "crash helmet", when you consider what the original Derby hats were designed for.
     


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    More rubbish thinking on this thread.
     


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    Yes it's a lady, but it's a man's hat :devil:
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  15. JLibourel

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    ^Fair amount of crossover in hat styles. The homburg, once it ceased to be German folk costume, was first a ladies' hat, then was masculinized. I know for many years Indian women in Bolivia commonly wore derbies/bowlers and may still for all I know.
     


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