Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Real Men Wear Hats!

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We're definitely in the midst of the lazy, hazy days of summer.  I do wish for some cooler days as I'm not one for high humidity.  But I also miss wearing my many hats.  They're great for a bad hair day or for when I want to make that extra statement with an outfit.  Unfortunately most of the men I know wear only one type of hat - the baseball cap.  It's not a fashion statement but an essential item of weekend wear or part of the spectator uniform for a sporting event.  I like the idea of a well-dressed man with a stylish hat.  Here are some of my favourite classics: 

The Bowler hat
The Coke, more commonly known as the Bowler, was created at James Lock in 1850 for William Coke, a farmer from Norfolk.  It has a hard exterior and rather formal in its style.  This hat has many names such as Bowler and Derby from its association with horse races.Straw boater

The Straw Boater was issued to men in the Royal Navy near the end of the nineteenth century. They provided good protection from the sun, but its lightweight construction made it easier to wear than a Bowler.



The Trilby is named after the female heroine of a novel of the same name written by George du Maurier, in the late 1800's.  This is softer more casual hat than previously worn in France at this time.

The name Fedora comes from the heroine of French playwright Victorian Sardou’s drama presented in Paris in 1882. This hat became as popular as the Trilby.

Men's Vintage Black Beaver Fur Top Hat by Dunlap & Co.

Top hat
The top hat was originally a French invention and quickly became the status symbol for the nineteenth century gentleman.  This hat always reminds me of Maurice Chevalier in "Gigi".  Can you believe that the earliest versions were made from beaver?  Now they are silk based.

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