What Does Your Hat Say?

Diana Crane’s book, Fashion and Its Social Agendas: Class, Gender, and Identity in Clothing is a study of the social significance of clothing and how it has been transformed over the years.

An excerpt from the book is on hats, and talks about how (in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries) “women’s hats exemplified conspicuous consumption instead of relaying coded signals referring to social rank” as men’s hats did.

Hartford York - Men's Borsalino Hemp Fedora - The Sicilian FedoraAdmittedly, this scholarly tome (although eminently readable) calls for pondering on the part of the peruser (ie., me). And whenever I peruse, I wear a hat. That probably says something right there, but I have no idea what that might be.

Of course, I look great, reading in my hat–especially when I hold the book right-side-up. 🙂

Thanks for perusing,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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