Bringing Back the Hat

The hat is one of those garments that seems to be going the way of corsets and stockings, onward to slow extinction. Wearing anything other than a baseball cap or a beanie is almost sure to turn heads and garner compliments. Paired with an anachronistic wardrobe, it’s sure to make a statement and set the wearer apart.

The case of men’s hats is a particularly interesting case. Many women still don hats for special occasions, but men have been largely ruled out of the hat scene. This wasn’t always the case. Back in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a proper gentleman would not go anywhere without his hat.

Can you spot the guy who left his hat at home? Because I can't.

Thanks to our friends at The Art of Manliness, this no longer has to be the case. They’ve come up with a great article giving a comprehensive view of the gentleman’s option when it comes to head wear. Bringing Back the Hat is all about the reintroduction of the hat into today’s anachronistic gentlemen. There’s a wonderful overview of the different kinds of hats along with some illuminating history that will help the discerning man choose precisely the hat for him.

Most of these hats are more likely to appeal to Dieselpunks, but there’s plenty of opportunity for creativity when considering your next hat purchase!

2 comments on “Bringing Back the Hat

  1. Nathaniel Johnstone says:

    In that case, you should go to Byrnie Utz while you’re here in Seattle:

    310 Union Street
    Seattle, WA 98101-2206
    (206) 623-0233

    Amazing hats without even a shred of pretense.

  2. Brian Genung says:

    I agree about Bernie Utz. Picked up a nice bowler as well as a lovely Hapsburg. Family owned, multi-generational establishment.

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