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I always wear them. But they don’t only look good on me. There was a time in America when literally every single man wore a hat.
If they could all wear them then, then so can you. And now is the season! But it’s not the time just because they’re en vogue. It’s literally the right time because of how warm they can keep you. A significant amount of heat is lost when your head is uncovered. Enter the hat. Hats keep you warm. And unlike the etiquette of old, it’s no longer impolite to keep them on indoors or at the table. Granted, this rule is circumstantial. But for the most part, bedhead is kept at bay with hats. Moreover, you may even get increased points for style.
Where to buy and how much? Like anything else, hats can cost an arm and a leg. Expect to pay $200 – 400 for top of the line. But for $25 – 40, you can pick one up no problem at department stores, Banana Republic, Gap, vintage shops, estate sales and online. One of my favorite spots online is Brixton.
What to buy? Will it fit? Used to be you had to measure your head to the nearest 1/8” to know what fits. Well, unless you’re breaking the bank to buy, hats now come in standard sizes. Standard like small, medium, large and extra large. Literally all you have to do is try on hats one time and you’ll know what you wear. It’s pretty universal. Easy peezy. Beyond that, if it’s under $50 and you like it, buy it. Don’t worry whether or not you have something for it. If it’s black or brown it will go with nearly anything you own. As far as style goes, driving caps (flattens as it approaches the bill) are great for more casual events. Fedoras are will dress anything up…both look great with business attire. The fedora has become interchangeable with anything with a brim, but there are many styles besides the Fedora. Derby, Trilby, Bowler, Pork Pie, etc…
Here are a few of my personal favorites: