Over the past few years, I have become increasingly interested in hats. Now, it is rare that I leave the house without some type of hat on my head! Growing up and throughout college, I regularly wore a baseball cap (used to a beat-up Duke cap but now it is a trusty Durham Bulls cap) but now I have more options than that in my headgear wardrobe. My current favorite type of hat is the trusty flat cap … but I don’t like the Kangol-type ones because I prefer the more traditional British designs and fabrics (aka tweeds, tartans, or linen).
Like Brad Pitt and unlike Samuel L. Jackson, I always wear it correctly (never backwards). It is a great accessory because it instantly adds a little style to the most casual outfit (for example – jean, t-shirt, & flat cap is much better than just the jeans & tee). Plus, with slightly dressier wear, you can look like a real country gentleman because flat caps were not just for working class men but also for the aristocracy when in the country.
But, they are not the only types of hats that I enjoy … I have a fedora (similar to the one pictured above) for when the need arises with formal wear or suits. Recently, I have been looking at a variety of Panama hats for this summer. So, I say, let’s bring back the hat for everyday wear! They are functional and stylish … come on, buy the man in your life a new hat … he will appreciate it!
For more information on hats, see:
The Mode In Hats And Headdress by R. Turner Wilcox. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1945 Out of print since 1945, this book is not easy to find, this “classic hat book” traces the history of hats and headdress in the Western world starting with “Ancient Egypt” and ending with “United States, 1940-1944.” Between are 330 pages, 193 of which are full page illustrations of hats worn by men and women throughout history. For images of many of the illustrations, see this gallery. It has also been republished by the Dover Pictorial Archives and it will only cost you about $15.00 (which compared to the $150 to $300 that you will pay for an original printing of it, is very cheap).