Hats: How do you wear one these days without looking like a schmuck? Or without looking like Don Draper circa 1965, to be perfectly honest? These days, we tend to see the pork pie largely on junky rockers, homburgs on martyred gangster rappers, and all of the above on actual gangsters. Not so many flat caps and homburgs in '65 – it's fedora or bust for the fellas at Sterling/Cooper/Draper/Pryce.
And the fedora is, more or less, universally flattering — provided that it fits, of course. The angle at which you wear it makes perhaps the largest difference. Don wears his hat straight and level – all business. You can push it back for a bit of devil-may-care jauntiness. Or you can pull it down over your eyes for a dark and dramatic look, but beware: the jerk potential is high with a hat these days, now that it's a highly nonessential item. For my money, I would err on the side of jaunty and casual, to keep your lady friends from thinking you have an obsession with Humphrey Bogart.
Can fedoras make a comeback? By Staci Sturrock | Style | March 04, 2011
Matt Damon brings back the buttoned-down look, fedora included, in the new sci-fi film, The Adjustment Bureau, opening today.
Don’t expect a revival of stylish porkpies, though. Hats clearly aren’t the everyday accessory they once were. But they have a forever friend in the Headwear Association, which celebrates its 103rd anniversary this month.
The group’s Headwear Hall of Fame honors those with a knack for wearing hats, even if few of them are old-school fedora faddists.
The most recent Hall of Famers, who were chosen by the association’s board last fall, include Aretha Franklin, Cameron Diaz and Gwen Stefani, as well as Carlos Santana, Ne-Yo and Payne Stewart.
Super Ordinary Guy wrote:Can a movie to that, sure....
Will this one do that? IMHO I think it is a little too early to tell, let's see how the public likes the movie...
People like to copy in real life what they admire in a movie, if the movie hits big, then I say Yeah it will help Fedora's...
But let me add I see more and more fedora's every year and I get a lot of positive comments when wearing my hats, just about every week.
I can't remember the last time I got a wise crack it was so long ago............ so they are catching on. I don't believe they will ever be at the popular level they once were but they now are and will be popular for some time IMHO.
davidg wrote:I've a relative in Buffalo who thinks my hats are ridiculous and has told me if I want to look like the 40's I should get a time machine. He feels hats, .. like my several pocket watches and fountain pens.. are a "mere" affectation. Perhaps they are, .. but I tell him the same as a previous commenter, "you say that as if its a BAD thing!".. and then I smile!
Most minorities have someone to speak up for them when the aspersions start flying. But members of one particular group have endured indignities for years, largely in silence.
We’re talking about people who wear real hats, not caps that are stuffed unceremoniously into coat pockets. Among the most put-upon are men who favor fedoras. Their numbers are said to be growing. Yet they have trouble shaking a stereotype that their preference in hats, of itself, suggests something ominous.
Hat-ism as an acceptable form of bigotry was discussed in this space years ago. It is revived now because of a new movie, “The Adjustment Bureau.” In it, mysterious men wearing fedoras of “Mad Men” vintage seem intent on tormenting Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.
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