I have always loved hats. As a young child I wore caps and floppy bush hats all of the time. I despised guys who wore hats figured some of the sophistication might rub me off if I wore the exact same sort of hats they did.
A hat has a mode and a panache all its own. A brand new hat, notably a Panama, is redolent of warm summertime, not one of exotic locations, somewhere inside the tropics. Even a Fedora could evoke thoughts of gmen and sometimes even of the gangsters they were chasing, specially when worn pulled down over the eyes and chained to one side! A straw Boater, while more seldom seen than the usual Panama or even Fedora, can be an unmistakable sign of the Jazz Age.
All the fantastic Hollywood icons wore hats. Fred Astaire was seldom seen without a hat. Who’ll forget Humphrey Bogart in that fantastic final scene in Casablanca, walking off into the distance wearing his Fedora and trench jacket?
The arrival of the motor car eliminated the need for most men to wear a hat. By early 1960s, hat-wearing had been at precipitous reduction. Glance at a photograph of a bunch taken at the 1940s and sometimes even 1950s and you will notice that the majority of the men in the photo are wearing a hat. Consider a similar crowd scene from the mid-60s and you also could be hardpressed to find a hat which is not a baseball cap.
However nothing has replaced the hat’s capability to protect the wearer from the elements. I will not venture out from the sun with no thoughts covering. And even though I wore baseball caps for years, sadly they do not protect the ears or temples. I have experienced one encounter with sun damage-caused skin cancer and I am not eager to get another. The single real time I really actually don’t is when I’m within my semi automatic. Afterward , I utilize a newsboy cap.
A hat is, for me, is more than mere protection, it’s an essential section of my personal style. My hats are my signature. I like to experiment with various hats to change a glance. As an instance, through the transition from winter to summer and spring, a suit I would wear with a Fedora oneday could look different in the event the marginally warmer afternoon I paired it with a Panama.
Some men are put off of wearing a hat by the perceived difficulty of handling them in restaurants, airplanes and so on. When there is no convenient place to put away a hat while at a restaurant, then I usually set mine onto to the floor under my seat. There, it’s secure and out of the way. In an airplane, I could usually safely store my hat in the overhead bin, but should I need to I’ll carry it on my own lap. A little thought and a bit of ingenuity can see you . That small annoyance is a small price to cover the style and protection a hat provides.
Thanks for reading!