The Way You Wear Your Hat

(Image by Bettman/Corbis and used without permission. Let me know if it has to come down, please.)

Image by Bettman/Corbis and used without permission. Let me know if it has to come down, please.)

Can a man pull off wearing a hat forty-eight years after President Kennedy killed the practice? Do you think we’ll see President Obama taking the victory lap in his topper after taking the oath of office? I doubt he’ll wear the Sox cap with his topcoat, no matter the weather.

Which brings up a point, by hats I mean hats. Not caps, be they baseball or flat. I mean fedoras, trilbys, skimmers, cokes (bowlers), Lord’s, porkpies and Homburgs. After all, you can’t wear a cap with a trenchcoat or a raincoat. It just doesn’t look right.

But hats can be difficult to pull off. Mr. Grant does nothing to detract from his famous mug. He carries his in several scenes from “Indiscreet.”

Yes, hats can be tough. Especially if you, like I, wear glasses. A hat ages me quickly.

But today it was raining. And my dog’s birthday. He deserved a walk regardless of the weather. So on went the Barbour jacket and the faithful Borsalino waterproof, crushable…

… that’s been around the world with me.

France, 1997

France, 1997

I must have a dozen hats, innumerable caps and a helmet or two. I love them all, but they rarely see the light of day. When and how do you wear your hat? Or do you wear a hat at all?

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