A Man’s Hobby Determines His Hat

Wigens Linen Ivy - The RolfIn a BBC News Magazine article by Stephen Dowling called What makes a man wear a hat?, hatter Tim Boucher says of men’s hat wearing habits:

If you look at the history of menswear, in the last 100 years it’s been a gradual progression from formal to casual wear.

Instead of being linked specifically to formal attire (and behavior), men are now wearing Panama hats while watching tennis matches or cricket games; you’ll see straw boaters at boat races, or a trilby when at the races. Porkpies are worn at nightclubs, while ivy caps and newsboys see more action at pubs and in everyday wear.

While many younger, casually-dressed men use hats to showcase their individuality, one 40 year old graphic designer from London says wearing hats

is partly about personal style, but also “there’s an element of a psychological safety blanket as well, the more you cover your head the more of a wall you build up from the rest of society”.

(Who else is betting that guy’s name is Linus?)

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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