Saturday, November 10, 2012

Hats!



Welcome to Hat Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at the almost lost fashion statement of Men's Hats. Today, men pretty much don't wear hats, except maybe baseball caps, or sometimes gansta style skull caps. If the truth were known, I think many men would like to wear hats, but feel like they would be laughed at. I think it is time we bring Men's hats back. The picture below is an exceptional example of a fine man's hat. I know I have used this picture before, but feel it is of such astounding quality, it is worth looking at again. You see, I think lots of men would secretly desire to wear such a hat, but simply do not have the nerve to.


12 comments:

  1. I think the Queen Anne style building is the most interesting. It was built in 1886, but demolished in the early 1980s to make way for a high rise. The Davis building was only blocks from the White House at 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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  2. My Daddy always wore a hat. He had his dressy felt hat for Sunday & visiting. He wore a straw hat for work. In his later years he wore a ball cap. Never left the house without something on his head.

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  3. It is a pity, the old building was demolished, but there are still a fair amount of picturesque old buildings left in the District.

    Thank you, Nate Maas for your info. I didn't recognize the photo.

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  4. Hats are discussed at the Fedora Lounge.:)
    http://www.thefedoralounge.com/forum.php

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  6. Seeing the picture of the building, I wondered if you've ever had a movie theater week. I think it would be great to show off some of the grand old movie houses of yesteryear like the Westmont Theater in New Jersey and others. An off-shoot could be old fashioned drive-ins too.

    I don't wear a hat on a daily basis, but I do love to wear my stetson every once and a while!

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  7. I like hats, primarily to keep my head warm. I don't particularly like baseball caps (although I own several). I do wear a nice wool tweed hat that I picked up in Ireland, on a daily basis.

    Graham in St. John's

    PS. I have my fingers crossed for a domestic update tomorrow. Can't wait.

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  8. I too like hats. I have some Irish caps that I wear when I'm woodworking and a canvas fedora that I wear when I take my get-a-ways. I sure would like a hat like the fella in the picture but my wife assures me it's not my style. My Dad wore a fedora that was common 50 or 60 years ago with businessmen.

    The Queen Anne Style was interesting. It is common to see the horizontally accented lines in brick. Most of the old Queen Anne residences burned down but there are a few left in Denver. I had the chance to help rebuild one of them. It had a sway back like an old horse. We placed large jacks in the basement and raised the entire house about 3 inches in the center. At first there was no progress but suddenly it shot up with a boom. I could hear workers yelling in the basement and running out of the building. They were convinced it was collapsing on them. The finished product was beautiful and it made us proud to have restored her.

    Will from Lafayette

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  9. It's interesting to note that hat wearing, specifically fedoras & other 'business' hats, went out of style in the 60s, when the culture became much more casual in dress. Do we want to return to those days? Or should men start a grassroots campaign to bring those hats (not the backward fifties!) back? Should hats be more than movie props?

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  10. I think that particular hat, while it looks fine on that gentleman, has a very military look to it. Maybe it's his clothing too which is not a regular shirt and tie. Very charming anyhow.

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  11. I do hope women's hats are to follow. I collect hat pins, and as I was watching Hello Dolly I was marveling at how well they did their job as she danced around with a perfectly placed very large hat atop her head.

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  12. This fellow is in uniform, and the hat has a hat cord like campaign hats did, but the hat doesn't have a military shape to it.

    Odd. I wonder if this fellow is in a National Guard unit and is wearing a private purchase, rather than uniform, hat?

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