Back in my younger days [between the ages of 16 – 30] l used to wear a lot of hats – l liked hats for a couple of reasons – 1] because l looked really great in some hats and 2] because if l was wearing a hat, or a bow tie, a strange tie, some dress suit bling or even a cravat- people looked at that rather than me, l couldn’t stand people looking into my face directly.
I used to not look at strangers in the eyes at all, felt very uncomfortable and so l started looking over their shoulders or into the centre bridge of their noses but people thought l might be crosseyed and so l learned and have mastered very well over the last 40 years to look at people right below their eyes [lower eyelid] – people don’t know l am doing it unless they really know me well. Even now, there are only a few people that l do look at directly into their eyes …. l don’t even look at my mother directly!
From a young age l discovered that hats were friends of mine and they stayed as close friends for me professionally till the age of about 30, maybe 35 and then l occasionally wore hats till my early forties.
In my twenties l had a collection of maybe 50 hats with my favourites being the Homberg, Panama, Fedora, Trilby, Derby, Topper, Fashionable Berets and Gap Tartan Caps. Although l also had Trappers, Straw Hats, Fez’s and Deestalkers! They were ideal for my Dandy phases! As l got older l preferred more Flat Caps and Bretons, and when l was younger l wore more Baseball cap styles.
But gradually they all phased out of my life and ‘somewhere’ during my years of marriage my wife donated my entire hat collection to charity – the ‘somewhere ‘ period refers to my time of a serious mental breakdown when l didn’t know if l was coming or going and my wife did a lot of damage to me during those years.
I haven’t worn an actual hat in years, not properly – yes l have worn the occasional Beanie, and l have a few Baseball Caps in my cupboard but now as you can see above l have a Fedora. Fedora are different to the Trilby in case you think it is the latter by having a much wider brim, the Trilby’s brim is much shorter in width – has more snap over flopsy. I bought the Fedora this afternoon from an antique store – the hat is fifty years of age – because of all the hat styles l ever wore, the Fedora is one of the most comfortable.
I am not planning on wearing this Fedora , it is my size and is a beautiful fit, however for me it is more symbolic.
Anyway — to the question ………. are you a hat person? If so, what styles of hats do you like? If not, why don’t you like hats or wearing hats?
Let me know below – Thanks – Rory