What’s With The Hat?

Fedoras and Hats for Men - Men's Christys' London Fur Felt Fedora - The Vaughan Dress FedoraI’m whiling away big-time this afternoon at TheFedoraLounge.com’s Dumbest Comments thread. It’s a priceless collection of the day-to-day comments aimed at and fielded by hat-wearers:

There are the standard greetings we all get: Hey, Indy! (or Crocodile Dundee, Clark Kent or Sherlock Holmes or even Buddy Holly).

Then there are the stories, like:

  • Last year in a suit and Milan straw I got “You look like a big time operator.”
  • Do you dress like that to piss people off? (to a man in a hawaiian shirt, porkpie, and khakis);
  • Not too long ago while wearing my Akubra, a teenage girl met me on the street and gave me a sotto voce “yee-haa“. Got my back right up…especially considering what she was wearing; one of those belly shirts with kind of a muffin top thing going. Yikes!

Of course, there are the musings as to why the hatless should feel it necessary to say anything at all:

  • Maybe it’s because fedoras make a statement. They are no longer a common item in society. To some, they are as “in-your-face” as facial piercings used to be.
  • . . .I suspect that at least a few of us hat-wearers muttered something when we first saw a guy or gal wearing a nose ring, or facial tattoos. . .
  • I can’t imagine walking around in jeans that are seven sizes too big and showing six inches of my boxers, but hey, it’s all a matter of degree.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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