Men’s Hats, Like Jackets, are Workhorse & Vanity Pieces

Men's Wigens Leather Bucket Hat - The Norberg at

A NY Times review on last week’s men’s fashion show in Paris says that “the most useful garment in the show was the jacket . . . at once a workhorse and a piece of vanity.”

This view of how an article of clothing can serve multiple purposes is very much how I see men’s hats. The workhorse aspect comes into effect when you wear a warm winter hat to stave off windchill or when you don a leather bucket hat to keep your head dry in a downpour. The vanity characteristic is served nearly unconsciously — none of us would buy a piece of apparel that we didn’t believe looked good on us or enhanced the way we appear to others.

Much like men’s hats, jackets can dress an outfit up or down. This gives existing pieces in any wardrobe extra life by offering a variety of looks from which to draw. Try it yourself: your winter overcoat takes on a very different overall character when topped by a leather ivy cap instead of a Russian-style Ambassador.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York



Published in: on January 24, 2010 at 9:29 am  Leave a Comment  

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