Why do we wear hats?
Headwear is a lost art and I get excited when I see someone wearing one well. From a function standpoint, I love my straw fedora to keep the sun off my face, and for preschool drop off when I haven’t washed my hair in longer than I’m willing to admit. Hats make me feel more confident and put together. I imagine this is how my grandparents felt. Their generation religiously wore them, but their children didn’t see the same appeal. This turning point towards casual dressing extinguished a major wardrobe staple.
“Are certain people meant to wear hats? Or can anyone wear a hat if it’s the right hat for them?” Damian from the podcast Hat People asked me.
I see people with a certain personality wearing them more often than others, but I’m in the camp that anyone can pull them off if it’s the right one. Finding the right hat is all about fit and what I’ve come to discover is well constructed is best. Historic companies will charge you to cover the craftsmanship, hours, and experience that go into making each piece. If budget is an issue look for brands that are just starting out. It’s great to support makers who are looking for a following but still offer many of the same great features of the experts. High quality sourced materials like natural straw, felt and wool, as well as limited quantity should give you confidence you are making a educated choice and buying into something special.
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