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when did the hat die?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by BerniniCaCO3, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    +1 Also, nowhere to put it when I take it off.

    Personally, I'd love to have a good reason to own a nice hatrack.
     


  2. LabelKing

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    I couldn't imagine having a convertible without using the tops.

    I ride around year-round in my MR2 w/ the T-tops off and windows down. Freezing? No prob! Throw on the coat and scarf! [​IMG]


    One of the problems is that the top is somewhat tedious to get off and the problem of storing it. The entire thing comes off as opposed to something like a targa.
     


  3. Brigden

    Brigden Senior member

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    Ages ago I had read that the death of the hat was helped along as a result of automakers producing vehicles with lower profiles; thus, there was little room to accomodate a hat.

    Could be BS, mind.
     


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    I would love to see the death of the ball cap. Too many grown men are walking around looking like "Beaver Cleaver". (Remember "The Beav"?) For the last several years I've been enjoying wearing fedoras. (And I don't care what anybody thinks). Try one on for size. Once you get used to seeing yourself in a fedora you'll love wearing one.
     


  5. caelte

    caelte Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Was Eisenhower much of a hat man? I always picture him as bald, not hatted.
    Men didn't always wear a hat, but a hat was worn always where it was considered appropriate.....rules. That's what Kennedy changed. He didn't wear a hat where it was required.
     


  6. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    I'm mid twenties and I wear Fedora-esque hats with regularity. Never a negative comment. Will wear a baseball cap only when on the farm.

    ~ Huntsman
     


  7. Qasimkhan

    Qasimkhan Well-Known Member

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    In my little corner of the universe the hat has undergone a rebirth. I started with a felt driving cap three years ago. Now I have a dark gray fedora, a panama, and a blue cotton driving cap for summer.

    I never leave the house without a hat (unless I am going to a job interview). I only wear baseball caps to play sports or do manual labor.

    Steve
     


  8. Mustapha

    Mustapha Senior member

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    I wish someone here would post a picture of themselves wearing an old fashioned blocked hat.

    The last time I saw this in public was in 1995 on a business suit wearing man in Las Vegas at a convention. He was about age 50 and the hat kind of matched the suit. A few people - including me - discreetly stared at him. It looked sort of costume-y. I think he wanted to look like he had some sort of fashion gravitas and he certainly wasn't swanning about with it, but it didn't strike quite the right note with me. It wasn't odd but it wasn't Right either.

    I'm 51 myself and my father gave up his hats about 1960 he tells me. His reason was that no one was wearing them anymore. My grandfather was born about 1895 and lived until 1980 and he never wore hats in his old age. My neighbor is 85 and is of the hat wearing generation but is always bareheaded, even when in Dress clothes.

    Hats on woman; esp. of the 'fancy' type seen at the 'better' functions are quite fetching.

    -Moose
     


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    i think the hat went away with rock and roll and hippie culture.

    young people were trying so hard to be different from their parents and the hat was such a visible, tangible symbol of tradition.
     


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    I wish someone here would post a picture of themselves wearing an old fashioned blocked hat.

    The last time I saw this in public was in 1995 on a business suit wearing man in Las Vegas at a convention. He was about age 50 and the hat kind of matched the suit. A few people - including me - discreetly stared at him. It looked sort of costume-y. I think he wanted to look like he had some sort of fashion gravitas and he certainly wasn't swanning about with it, but it didn't strike quite the right note with me. It wasn't odd but it wasn't Right either.

    I'm 51 myself and my father gave up his hats about 1960 he tells me. His reason was that no one was wearing them anymore. My grandfather was born about 1895 and lived until 1980 and he never wore hats in his old age. My neighbor is 85 and is of the hat wearing generation but is always bareheaded, even when in Dress clothes.

    Hats on woman; esp. of the 'fancy' type seen at the 'better' functions are quite fetching.

    -Moose


    One of the better sights of San Francisco I've seen was a woman in a rather grand dress hat sitting in the Ritz hotel cafe/bar.
     


  11. Mustapha

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    One of the better sights of San Francisco I've seen was a woman in a rather grand dress hat sitting in the Ritz hotel cafe/bar.

    Exactly. You have to live in the right sort of town to see that sort of thing live.

    For the rest of us - lots of - some- grand looking British ladies wearing hats here:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/berkshire/conte...allery.shtml?1
     


  12. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I wish someone here would post a picture of themselves wearing an old fashioned blocked hat.


    I'm too lazy to upload it but if you follow the link there's a photo of me wearing a pork pie.

    http://asuitablewardrobe.dynend.com/...ttle-bits.html
     


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    I'm too lazy to upload it but if you follow the link there's a photo of me wearing a pork pie.

    http://asuitablewardrobe.dynend.com/...ttle-bits.html


    Thanks Will. This is what I think:

    First, as a taller white male - as you seem to be - I think you can carry this off. Second; this would look good at a wedding or other 'special' function, but not 'in the street'. Third; being small and Asian I would look like a tool wearing a blocked hat; so why am I even thinking about a hat??[​IMG] [​IMG]
     


  14. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks Will. This is what I think:

    First, as a taller white male - as you seem to be - I think you can carry this off. Second; this would look good at a wedding or other 'special' function, but not 'in the street'. Third; being small and Asian I would look like a tool wearing a blocked hat; so why am I even thinking about a hat??[​IMG] [​IMG]


    I can't speak for you but I think it looks fine in the street. As I've written elsewhere, the only concern I've had about this particular hat is that strange women walking on the sidewalk compliment me on it, which means it's a bit too noticeable. But there are worse problems.
     


  15. Dragon

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    Personally, I'd love to have a good reason to own a nice hatrack.
    Yeah me too. I`m not worried at all about where to put the hat when I am home. The reason I shy away from wearing hats is because there is nowhere to put it when I am away from the home (for example, a restaurant). In the old days when everyone wore hats, someone would kindly take your hat or there would be hatrack. These days, you would have to put it in the chair next to you (if there is one), or even worse, put it in on your lap [​IMG] All that PLUS getting your hair all messed up when you take it off makes the hat unpopular.
     


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