Monday, July 24, 2017

Men In Hats

Father, Hotel Lobby, Block Island, early 1960s, Fedora from New Haven's DelMonico Hatter (Since 1908) - Personal Photograph from Archives

9 comments:

  1. Hats harken us back to what seemed a kinder, gentler time. Please, bring back the hats! (One of the things I love about England is their enduring presence of hats - there are just some things that should never, ever change.)

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  2. I believe the decline of the civilized world began when men began wearing baseball caps off the baseball field. I know I'm old when I see a young man in a restaurant wearing a baseball cap backward. They really don't seem to have a clue at how stupid they look. Much less the manners to know that you don't wear a hat inside.

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  3. The shame about hats is that when a gentleman without grey or white hair wears one, they usually like look a man in a costume. I would love to become a hat wearer before my hair goes white, but I don't think I have the courage. JFK killed the hat and I don't think it'll ever come back. GLH

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  4. Stetson, Dobbs, Knox...real hats. Early 60s and a young 20ish salesperson needing to instill confidence in customers of a certain age. Take an open crown hat off the rack - they look like the one worn by Billy Jack but without the decorative band - put your hand in it and extend the thumb and middle finger and presto there is a crease right down the middle. With the other hand on the front you gently squeeze so there is that usual crimp and then the hand moves down to turn the brim down slightly and then...then you "present" the hat to the customer. It's been over fifty years and I have yet to do anything else so smooth and artful. Yes, I did sell my share of hats.

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  5. Yes...handsome, classic...the right man with the right hat...such as in the picture above.

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  6. I am a rarity. I live in Texas and wear a Panama hat ( Fedora cut) in Summer( Made in Equador) or Ivy style flat cap when it finally gets cool enough. ( Normally a Barbour )
    In my part of the world either a cowboy hat or more likely a ' gimme' style baseball cap will be worn by most men.
    I remember my late grandfather always wore a fedora, straw in the Summer, wool in the Winter. But he was white collar , ( an accountant) also unusual for this part of Texas.

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  7. optimo.com

    Its a shame most modern cars don't allow one to enter wearing a hat.

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  8. In response to Karolina: Having been in the military, the first thing you learn is to remove your hat as you walk into a building and it stays off until you walk out again. I agree that unless you are a catcher about to put on a catchers mask your ball cap should be on facing forward. Guys look very juvenile wearing a ball cap backwards.

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    1. I see hats worn backwards as a very cocky and rebellious act. It's as if the wearer is giving the middle you know what to society. If graduated high school, one should be over that phase.

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