Fedoras, Pork Pies, Trilbys, What is Your Favorite Hat?

Discussion in 'The Good Life' started by Bird Lives, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. rmcintyre84

    rmcintyre84 Got out of the kitchen

    I read an article today on www.theartofmanliness.com in which the author claims "Of course, you can't pair a fedora with blue jeans and an oxford" (my paraphrase, fairly accurate). He thinks they should be worn with only dressier clothing. I disagree. Fedoras, especially straw spring and summer fedoras, pair well with a wide range of outfits. What do you think?
     
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  2. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    I agree with him, to the extent of wearing my felts with (at minimum) nicer golf-type slacks and button up shirts. To me, they just don't look right unless the rest of me is "dressier." Just one man's opinion. In The Sting, Paul Newman pulled off wearing a fedora with a wifebeater, but he was reclining in bed. And he was Paul Newman.

    Straws fedoras with jeans? Yep, I have one ready to go now. But then I'm of the age I wear khakis out more often than not.

    Addendum: if the felt fedora is an obvious beater that's not even pretending to be dressy anymore, then if a ballcap works with jeans, so will it.
     
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  3. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    I don't wear outfits.
    I wear clothes. I may wear a suit, a uniform, or a costume. But never an outfit. Women wear outfits. :p
     
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  4. Bird Lives

    Bird Lives Future Root Beer King of Turkey

    I wear my hats....I wear them with whatever I have on at the time....Sure a great dress fedora looks great with a suit but it will look equally great with jeans and a casual .....Here, I wear my fur felts in the Summer...
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    image.jpg I refuse to let my hat dictate what I wear....It protects me from the Sun, wind, cold, or heat....Although I love this hat, it works for me , not the other way around...
     
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  5. Sara-s

    Sara-s This Pun for Hire

    To paraphrase @swarden43 "It's your hat. Wear it your way."
     
  6. Red Rider

    Red Rider Well-Known Member

    It gets cold so I vote the Chullo or knitted hats of Peru as a winter hat. I like an Aussie style Akubra or similar for the hotter weather. Full brimmed protects the ears and neck.
     
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  7. Bama Samurai

    Bama Samurai with Laser-like Focus Staff Member

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    Felt, maybe not, but more casual materials go with anything.
     
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  8. Bird Lives

    Bird Lives Future Root Beer King of Turkey

    I dig the last statement gorgo made here.....If a ball cap works.....Only I feel....if a ballcap works, so will a felt or straw fedora....You have to use common sense...I wouldn't wear a Blue Fedora with a black dress shirt and black pants, just sayin'....

    But you see where I'm going with this....I also wouldn't wear a heavy felt when it's 100 degrees....but my lite felt Lock & Co. trilby is cooler than most straws....And in Australia folks wear Fur felt Akubras all year....folks who work outdoors....

    As a side note....I think if would be cool if the military would switch from berets to fedoras.....can you imagine the psychological affect of a squad of paratroopers landing with trench coats and fedoras...like the Spirit...
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    What do you think?
     
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  9. Bird Lives

    Bird Lives Future Root Beer King of Turkey

    Seriously.....a fedora is as flexable as a baseball cap....more so because it can also be very dressy....But it doesn't have to be....I just googled people in fedoras not wearing suits...about a million pics popped up...most were exceptable...Heres....like the first hand full...
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    Me at our Ski Lodge, khakis, sweater, hiking boots, ear muffs
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    Of course, the man....and no suit here...
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    And I dare anybody to have a problem with dis:
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    Naaaah....with any imagination at all....you can make a fedora fit.....Suits...of course.....Jeans, Khakis,....easy....Come on folks....if the hat looks nice and you feel right in it.....A fedora is a snap to pull off....It's like wearing cologne.....It's when you make a costume out of it, that it may look a little attention getting...But thats true, with any accessory...
     
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  10. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    Landry wouldn't have looked right wearing that outfit at a Cowboys' game
     
  11. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Right, no way I can do it here in N.C. I'm also in the minority that prefers some kind of cloth sweatband that will wick away at least some dampness. When it's cool out, leather is fine. But when it starts retaining sweat and feeling glued to my forehead it bugs me to no end.

    I need post a pic of the straw (paper!) fedora I got at Dollar Tree last year. I've improved it somewhat.
     
  12. Bird Lives

    Bird Lives Future Root Beer King of Turkey

    Which outfit? If it's one of the bottom two photos....if he looked THAT good in a t shirt and jeans..then I think he could have sold some posters aswell as game tickets....:happy097:

    But I see what you mean......maybe guys need to stay away from those type of outfits and cameras at the sametime....fedora or no fedoras.....:lam:
     
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  13. Bird Lives

    Bird Lives Future Root Beer King of Turkey

    I've been wearing a lite fur felt fedora all summer this year...but here in Seattle it doesn't get deathly hot like down south......Round here, my lite felt without a lining, but with a leather sweat band is fine...But like I said, here in Seattle....we have only had a handfull of days to pass the mid 80's all year....and then it drops to the 70's in the evenings...felt works in the PNW, no question....I like a nice staw too, but you have to be more careful with one....Someone move my Felt hat from a table top to a chair and someone else sat on it before I could grab it...I made them get up, took the hat and smacked it on my knee and it popped right back and looked perfect....if that had been a $1000 panama, it would have been toast...:shocked003:

    I want one of these...
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    But neither one of these are under $100 and both are very delicate and if it rains.....forget it!
    But so cool looking....ala 1950's Hollywood......William Holden Cool
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  14. rmcintyre84

    rmcintyre84 Got out of the kitchen

    This is a crappy picture, and maybe my bathroom isn't the best place to model a hat. This is a Stetson Milan I picked up on ebay. The season for straw hats is coming to an end, but I couldn't pass it up. Can you see the photo bomb?
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  15. Bird Lives

    Bird Lives Future Root Beer King of Turkey

    Your cat seems to be digging your new "Sky-piece"
    Classic Photo-Bomb :happy102:
    Great looking new milan....I know the new Stetson Milans aren't real straws, in the classic sense, but then, that's what makes them 10x's more durable...I think thats a very hip addition to your collection...I can see why you couldn't pass it up...
     
  16. rmcintyre84

    rmcintyre84 Got out of the kitchen

    Sky-Piece. Never heard that before. Thanks.
     
  17. rmcintyre84

    rmcintyre84 Got out of the kitchen

    Breaking out the Fall line-up. This is new for this year: a Stetson Roadster. We were at the Wine Land Festival at Montage Mountain Ski Resort near Scranton, PA.
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  18. Bird Lives

    Bird Lives Future Root Beer King of Turkey

    Very smart looking indeed Sir.....
     
  19. rmcintyre84

    rmcintyre84 Got out of the kitchen

    Thank you.
     
  20. rmcintyre84

    rmcintyre84 Got out of the kitchen

    How do you guys keep your hats, especially nice fedoras? I don't mean storage; what do you do with the ones you're not wearing at the moment? I've read that traditional hatracks can misshape a hat over time. I currently keep the hats I'm wearing on a couple shelves of.my bookcases, crown down. Suggestions?
     
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