Hats. JFK is often blamed for the demise of the hat, but the truth of the matter is that as a fashion accessory they had already begun their exodus by the time he took office. Personally, hats are one of the few areas of fashion that interest me. They offer the pragmatic advantages of keeping one's head warm, dry, and if equipped with a brim keeps the sun out of one's eyes. Beyond that many hats do tend to look cool. While nothing may say 'hopelessly stodgy' more than a fedora this day and age, I'm sure they were the cat's pajamas back in the 1920's.Originally posted by Monty Python's Meaning of Life
Nowadays it seems the most ubiquitous hat to be found is the humble ball cap. Undoubtedly it's one of the more utilitarian designs humans have devised. Sure they are incredibly light weight and do manage to keep the sun out one's eyes most effectively.....but they impart absolutely no panache, no style, and donning one instantly transports one to the category of 'informal attire' even if one happens wearing a $1400 Armani suit. One may as well walk down a street with a plug of tobacco in their mouth and singing Garth Brooks songs if achieving a casual air is the desired effect.
How about you - when do you wear hats? And what type of hats do you tend to wear? Do you feel anyone whose job does not entail roping steers should be entitled to wear a cowboy hat? Do you wear a yarmulke or other head covering as part of any religious observance? Does anyone have a favorite 'Col. Henry Blake fishing hat' they like to wear while angling? How about street caps or other fashionable headwear whilst clubbing? Does anyone actually wear Easter bonnets anymore (or did they go the way of white gloves)? Folks living in the north are at an advantage in the hat department this time of year, but perhaps our southern friends make up for it in the summer headwear department when July rolls around. Tell us about your hats.