Why All the Hate for Hats?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by AshtonMD, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. AshtonMD

    AshtonMD Active Member

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    True that, sir. I've seen Brent Black's website - magnificent Panamas.
     


  2. AshtonMD

    AshtonMD Active Member

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    Wow @suitedcboy - fine fedoras there.
     


  3. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Senior member

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    Rule # 1: The key to wearing a hat is to pretend that you are not wearing a hat.

    This is where the t - shirt with a fedora crowd gets it wrong. The ultra casual clothing coupled with a dressy hat screams "Hey, look at my hat." OTOH, look at the photo above at suitedcboy wearing the Stetson with the suit. Looks great to me.
     


  4. Andy57

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    I have four of Brent's hats.

    You can't appreciate how good they are until you handle one.
     


  5. LGWH4000

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    I think the problem where most young cats go wrong too is they buy really cheap, hats that really just fail to hold shape and are poor quality.

    The fedora bro's really ruined a lot of things for the hat crowd. Just like the whole, 'hey i have a hot on, thus i am a stylish playboy' thing just screams desperation lol.
     


  6. AshtonMD

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    Exactly Mr Smith - couldn't agree with you more.


    And mr. Andy57 - i can only imagine - one day I hope to truly appreciate one lol
     


  7. AshtonMD

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    Absolutely. [​IMG][​IMG]
     


  8. aj805

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    It's so weird--and telling--when a culture is so obsessed with what an a article of clothing "says about you". Particularly with hats, which, unlike ties, aren't merely a component of formal dress, but have an obvious and real utility.

    Same with scarves: I listened recently to a podcast where the host went on an extended rant about scarf-wearers, who are simply "trying too hard". Of course such people do exist, but come on--it's a scarf, it keeps your next and chest warm. Men used to wear such things as hats and scarves without any hint of pretension, and eliciting no sneers; these were just clothes.

    Little has changed to make hats less worthwhile except the silly Vietnam-era cultural attitude towards them as being fusty. People would now rather arrive soaking wet or sunburned (if they don't want to slather chemicals on their face) than wear a hat and worry about the associations it makes. Good for them.

    I don't really care and I wear them if outside in the hot sun for any period of time. It's too bad there are no longer racks and hat/coat check at many places these days or I'd wear them that much more often.

    Also, I hope Tibor makes an appearance in here, because seeing him in his rigs is such a treat.
     


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    Little has changed to make hats less worthwhile except the silly Vietnam-era cultural attitude towards them as being fusty.

    Actually the attitude began before the Vietnam- era. By the 50s younger men were increasingly going hatless .
     


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    Hats, no doubt were in decline before the Viet Nam war but I think AJ is referring to the attitudes turning more defiant and the "hats are for old guys" sentiment that came around in the 60's.
    I was a child, almost a teen, in the 60's but I thought hats were cool. It's odd that I latched onto hats as being cool because of icons of that era that wore hats. Van Johnson as the Green Hornet, Patrick McNee as John Steed in The Avengers, and a few others. Somehow I got the reverse message and it stuck my whole life.
     


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    I agree with what's said here. Wearing a hat is all about attitude. It needs to come natural. Not everybody can pull it off.
     


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    Sam Hober Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Like wearing a bow tie...
     


  13. AshtonMD

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    Interesting @suitedcboy - In my case it was a mixture of Indiana Jones and Clint Eastwood movies as well as British Period dramas that nurtured my appreciation for hats. Jeeves and Wooster didn't help matters either lol :D - Bertie's Fedoras and Top Hats I've always wanted.
     


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    Sam Hober Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    This is a quiet but very cool thread - maybe a metaphor for those who wear hats?
     


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    It might very well be lol
     


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