The HAT thread

Another important thing to remember is that photos don't always tell the true story. Often i-gents and others can look like goons in photos because they are still and don't know how to smile,ie, a hat might suit them in real life, but in photos they look sterile and awkward. You can only really judge how a person pulls off hats by seeing them in real life. Same goes with clothing fits....often clothing photographs terribly, but in real life the clothes look great.

That hat should not suit Boss Hogg (above) because it breaks all the rules,ie, a short fat guy with a broad brimmed hat, but it works for him. Life is about characters and personalities, and plenty of Boss Hogg type of men are out there. A lot of Fedora Lounge men with big builds and big broad faces pull off the fedoras too - proper blokes, real men of the south. But those little skinny runty kids that wear them...awkk, the hats don't suit (soot) their skinny faces.

Tibor probably could pull off a hat, but it needs to be smaller, and he needs to have an o.k personality to pull it off.
 
Another guy that can pull off clothes and a ht is this bloke:

See...he is different to most of those i-gent posers, he is a real clothing guy like me; he wears loser fits. No showing off to big note himself like those silly guys on S.F wearing skin tight bespoke by world class tailors, but instead practical comfy clothing. No trends here either.





and then you have ole Kirby wearing hats, and he just doesn't have the look to pull them off.

 
Another guy that can pull off clothes and a ht is this bloke:

See...he is different to most of those i-gent posers, he is a real clothing guy like me; he wears loser fits. No showing off to big note himself like those silly guys on S.F wearing skin tight bespoke by world class tailors, but instead practical comfy clothing. No trends here either.





and then you have ole Kirby wearing hats, and he just doesn't have the look to pull them off.


He looks like a tea putz in that hat
 
Here is a $50,000 USD Montecristi. The stitches are even smaller than mine.

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The hat expert was telling me that one local bloke had a house full of monetcristis.
I will get another montecristi soon, and eventhough it would be nice to get the best, l refuse to pay $90,000 ASD for one. :rofl: Montecristis can be like watch habits, it can be a very expensive habit....can be far more expensive than top bespoke suits, can cost far more than a car, and can even cost as much as some houses - just for a straw hat. :rofl:

I'll get one more montecristi and then i'll call it quits. It won't be a H-U-G-E BIG daddy one, just a more regular one this time. Eventhough it will be a more regular one, few people own them in Oz. Only big daddies wear montecristis.
$50k on a hat??? Unless it’s made of fine weaves of gold I think that’s just a bit too much.
 
Shooey, you’ve convinced me that some African-Americans can pull off the 21st century retro cosplay hat vibe, but that’s it. It’s a shame, because it is undoubtedly a practical item. We should all be wearing hats.

But I’ve yet to see evidence of it looking anything but comical in the modern era. And this Big Hat Daddy is not helping

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Regarding Dr Churchwell: Somewhere on this site there is a comment on his outfits that goes something like this: "If he were less old and less black, some of his looks wouldn't fly."
And that is also true for these pictures of the good Doctor - he looks good in his clothes, but someone else?

I think it has something to do with the fact that a hat is "old people clothes", and older people IME often get a bit of a free pass ("He dresses like this because he dressed like this when he was young"), and because people are not good at relating age and year of birth, someone who might have been born well after the era of certain styles of clothing might not get undue attention when he wears them.
 
Got my big daddy hat. I am told that the old school big daddy hat weavers did this type of quality, and very rare to see anything like this today. The difference between this and a $20,000 montecristi is not that much. Brent Black might sell the occasional 20K hat, but the weavers can only make so many (they take 6 + months to weave). There is only three in the world who can make better than this. In other words, this is rare as hen's teeth. Most of Brent's probably wouldn't even be this good.

The modern montecristi hats may graded 40 etc, but it is all marketing bull. The modern makers don't make them like the old school lads.

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I also picked up the Colonial panama in a basic weave at the hat shop at a discount. I used to hate the style, but now it is my favourite style. I wouldn't mind getting it as a top notch montecristi, but l am afraid the price may be too stratospheric to even contemplate.
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Here is the $4,000 USD Optimo colonial panama. It is really good, but still not as good as those old school masters made. It is really hard to get the top ones unless you pay the huge bucks, 20k +.
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Got my big daddy hat. I am told that the old school big daddy hat weavers did this type of quality, and very rare to see anything like this today. The difference between this and a $20,000 montecristi is not that much. Brent Black might sell the occasional 20K hat, but the weavers can only make so many (they take 6 + months to weave). There is only three in the world who can make better than this. In other words, this is rare as hen's teeth. Most of Brent's probably wouldn't even be this good.

The modern montecristi hats may graded 40 etc, but it is all marketing bull. The modern makers don't make them like the old school lads.

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I also picked up the Colonial panama in a basic weave at the hat shop at a discount. I used to hate the style, but now it is my favourite style. I wouldn't mind getting it as a top notch montecristi, but l am afraid the price may be too stratospheric to even contemplate.
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Here is the $4,000 USD Optimo colonial panama. It is really good, but still not as good as those old school masters made. It is really hard to get the top ones unless you pay the huge bucks, 20k +.
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What do you reckon to these $5 Stetsons?
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I'd wear the hat at the bottom far right of the photo.

I am going to get this in coming days, it looks really good when dressed up.

I have also got a special event when l will be donning the bow tie and navy blazer, and l am thinking of wearing a bowler hat if l can get one in my size and if it fits the shape of my head well. It would suit me and go well with the outfit.

If l am giving a speech i'd like to don a Homburg, but maybe l am going a bit far with that, even for me. Maybe l still need to progress a bit more before l do that one.

One hat l will be wearing soon is the boater. I'll start with a cheapy at first, mainly because that is all l can get locally and say F you to everyone. I just wanna enjoy it and not give a rat's bottom what anyone thinks.

 
I am thinking about getting the Akuba sombrero. Saw it in the shop the other day, it is absolutely MASSIVE. Tried it on too, l nearly weed myself laughing. I'd be a man who is all HAT if l wore that. Thinking about it...just because it would be fun.
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In the meantime, here is another good montecristi site

Loving this rascal

another nice style
 
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Nah, l will never be a Tibor, but l am donning the ole homburg with bowtie today. Love the homburg, it is my favourite hat; it has a lot of presence and it suits me. Gotta wear it like a big daddy otherwise you won't be able to pull it off.
 
A big powerful hat for hat daddies. Might get this soon.


Will also bookmark these links of Boaters and Spanish sombreros.

A local aussie boater


A nice custom boater


A boater video


Some Spanish sombreros

A lady wearing the spanish sombrero
 
An older bloke in a pith helmet. Perfectly fine for a hot day. Soak it in water overnight and wear on a hot day; supposed to act like an air conditioner on your head. They fit large on the head so the air gets in there. I have seen far sillier hats, the baseball cap is one of them.
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How about this hat Rambo, the one on the far left of the photo. Looks almost identical to my Akubra sombrero.

Got some BIG hats in that film if you watch it, the hats of BIG daddies. Johnny Wayne has a big one too. Proper men's hats.
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Another hat like my one.
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The baseball cap has to be the silliest hat of all
Some guys can pull-off the old school cloth baseball cap in the right environment (like out fishing or playing baseball). I think the trucker hat is the most ridiculous of them all.
 
Some guys can pull-off the old school cloth baseball cap in the right environment (like out fishing or playing baseball). I think the trucker hat is the most ridiculous of them all.
I have only ever worm hats at two periods in my life, apart from the compulsory school cap. The first was a brief flirtation at age 16 with a mod trilby. The second was a leather cap with pull down ears that I wore one freezing winter on a visit to Canada.

 
The baseball cap has to be the silliest hat of all
why wear baseball caps (a boy's hat) when you can wear a man's hat instead.

Here's a man's hat l have been eyeing off for a while.

I have really learned a lot about hats recently (meeting with hat icons); hats can really transform an outfit if chosen properly. I wore my new panama last night on the walk, ie, the panama designed by a hat daddy, and it looked amazing. I looked like a real cool guy. There are many old style goofy hat designs, but there are also some really good ones.
 
Some interesting videos on an old form of head wear, the powdered wig, or more specifically, the big wigs. Does anyone wear a powdered wig here? I reckon Tibor should try it.

You can actually get the old style 1700's wigs bespoke made from here.



 
Some interesting videos on an old form of head wear, the powdered wig, or more specifically, the big wigs. Does anyone wear a powdered wig here? I reckon Tibor should try it.

You can actually get the old style 1700's wigs bespoke made from here.





Some interesting videos on an old form of head wear, the powdered wig, or more specifically, the big wigs. Does anyone wear a powdered wig here? I reckon Tibor should try it.

You can actually get the old style 1700's wigs bespoke made from here.




I don't have head lice, so there is no need to shave my hair and wear a wig, Shooey.
 
I don't have head lice, so there is no need to shave my hair and wear a wig, Shooey.
Although wigs were originally a way to hide syphilis, they helped improve overall hygiene for men. In order for the wigs to fit properly, men would shave their heads. This helped stop the spread of head lice, which were a common problem at the time.
 
Theses days, people assume you are bold if you wear a hat anywhere but in direct sun while playing baseball.
 
^^^

when you discover hats it is a whole new world. You can create new looks, and for the better!

Received my pith helmet last night. Gee it looks good. Can't wait to use it.
 
Got my new specially designed panama today, gee it looks fantastic. Wore it with my cream cotton trousers, white shirt and tan shoos. It created a really sophisticated look that would have been impossible without the hat. A hat really does finish the look if it is done right.

As for my aussie cowboy hat, l am going to get the brim changed so it looks like this (see photo), but with a full unaltered crown. My hat man is able to do it. Will change the hat band to a braided leather band too.
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I know Dropbear Dropbear Sammy Ambrose Sammy Ambrose fxh fxh and Grand Potentate Grand Potentate will like this. The lads at Hills Hats, they are a New Zealand mob.

The owner always wears a mask, and he also makes pith helmets and `the fez'.
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Some of Hill's Hats biggest fans. Soon l get my boater and join fine company.
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I like an eccentric drug addict more than the next guy, don’t get me wrong, but what about this dumpster fire did you think fell under my purview?
 
Ordering one of these soon. This will be the perfect hat for winter when l meditate outside, will keep the head and ears warm. See, hats are very functional. Might get the lining replaced with cashmere. Will get the olive green version.

 
Be vewwy vewwy quwiet …
Very perceptive. This is what my local store says about the same hat.

Hunting wabbits? Stay warm with this authentic, made in USA wool cap with trimming. And be vewy, vewy quiet.
 
Bookmarking a few boaters. Have wanted to own a boater ever since l was a little kid, always liked the look.

Tenth Street gondola boater

Del Monico boater

Ben Crafts boater

Scala boater

Gamble and Gun boater (crown is probably too low)


The Ponte Rialto boaters are still being made in Venice and imported by Capas. These are sold through Village Hat Shop. DelMonico says their boater is the same hat, and I suspect the Tesi brand boaters sold by a few retailers is also the same hat. I'm not familiar with the Florence boater.

The US boaters likes the ones made Dorfman Pacific/Scala, Ultrafino and Jaxon are indeed flimsier, but you get what you pay for. The Scala and Capas Panama boaters aren't cheap, but these are lightweight by design. - Fedora Lounge
 
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More boaters



You wouldn't think it would be so difficult to purchase a boater, but it is impossible so far. None of those sites will sell to me.
 

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