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TSpyrison
01-18-2010, 10:30 AM
Ok, I'm into my 3rd week of wearing my hat, and loving it. So far, I've been wearing it with my leather jacket..

Over the weekend though, we hit a "heat wave" and it got up past 60.
What I normally wear, is very casual.. Jeans and shirt. polo style, or t-shirt style.. and I have to say, I felt very odd running to the store with my hat and t-shirt..

So, what kind of daily casual clothes work well with a Fedora when its warm enough to not need a jacket?

Highlander
01-18-2010, 10:58 AM
You see a lot of photos (I've seen them esp in some of my retreiver traing books), of guys in "wash pants" (I'd call them chinos today), and a shirt with a fedora out working their dogs. You see lots of photos of other semi-casual clothed men with fedoras on also.

I think it's pretty much if you want to wear the hat, wear it.

Mysterious Mose
01-18-2010, 11:11 AM
Yep, but wear it like you mean it. For me it's like wearing shoes. I never leave the house without some kind of headgear, did it by accident once last year, when I noticed I felt very exposed :o

McFarlaneNYC
01-18-2010, 11:16 AM
here are some pics of guys wearing hats in casual clothes.

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc212/youthreenactor/fedora%20lounge/8a16697u.jpg

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc212/youthreenactor/fedora%20lounge/afa03f724698dbdb_large.jpg

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc212/youthreenactor/fedora%20lounge/omca_LNG352021_1_2.jpg

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc212/youthreenactor/fedora%20lounge/treasure2.jpg

(yea its a movie but you get the drift)


hope it helps

Slim Portly
01-18-2010, 11:20 AM
http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc212/youthreenactor/fedora%20lounge/treasure2.jpg
Hmmm..., an odd one, that. The clothes are quite casual, and yet one cannot doubt that the man is upon some serious business.

Widebrim
01-18-2010, 11:37 AM
Yeah, as the photos show, it was quite common (and could still be, if you want:D ).

TSpyrison
01-18-2010, 12:56 PM
I wonder how these would look..

http://www.daddyos.com/retro/epr60.html

http://www.daddyos.com/retro/brgret.html

And yea, I kinda like this one too :D

http://www.daddyos.com/retro/can1.html

cptjeff
01-18-2010, 01:17 PM
Bowling shirts are a fine idea.

Fedoras can be worn with pretty much anything. They're clothes, not just formal attire as so many today think of them. Hats are first and foremost practical attire. A lot of anthropologists think that the first clothes to evolve were shoes and hats. Shoes protect the feet from unpredictable terrain. Hats keep the sun and rain off your face, provide warmth in winter and help cool you in summer. These past 30 years are so are very unusual in human history- as a time when most people have not worn a hat on a regular basis. Fedoras are only the latest style in that very traditional mode.

I wear a fedora all the time with jeans and a shirt. Or throw a leather or canvas jacket on top of that. Whatever you're wearing, you can wear a hat.

Jeans, shorts, T shirts or bowling shirts. It doesn't matter. While I wouldn't pair a nice panama with shorts and a t shirt, you can still throw on a milan with a fun ribbon. It's the same sort of thing as shoes. You wouldn't wear a pair of gunboats with that getup, but you would still wear something on your feet.

Honestly, if people are going to start wearing hats again the perception that hats can only be worn "dressing up", is something that will need to be fought. Unfortunately, my suspicion is that as good as many here on FL look in suits and nice hats, they are only serving to reinforce that notion. It's not a knock against them at all, but it is something that should be recognized in the quest to get people back in hats.

Sorry if that was a little long winded, but I think it's an important point. Wear that hat with pride.

Carlisle Blues
01-18-2010, 05:21 PM
Be true to yourself and your sense of style.

http://www.usadanceshop.com/images/P/jack-hat-03.jpghttp://files5.lookbook.nu/files/looks/medium/288842_Look25.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3365/3440166363_aa3ee9ccea_b.jpghttp://farm1.static.flickr.com/179/458301899_6eb23f8c23.jpg

DapperDuck
01-18-2010, 07:50 PM
Be true to yourself and your sense of style.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3365/3440166363_aa3ee9ccea_b.jpg

Good gawd CB my eyes!! *yucky* *yucky* [bad]

skyvue
01-18-2010, 10:37 PM
I wonder how these would look..

http://www.daddyos.com/retro/epr60.html

http://www.daddyos.com/retro/brgret.html

And yea, I kinda like this one too :D

http://www.daddyos.com/retro/can1.html

There are lots of vintage sports shirts to be had on Ebay and elsewhere -- I'd recommend those over the repro shirts like the ones you linked to.

It's a rare retro shirt that manages to truly look vintage, in my opinion (but that may not matter to you, of course). Shirts look that, for my money, look closer to coming off as costumes, not clothing -- especially given the great shirts that can be had from the various vintage clothing outlets that are available to all of us.

Just offering my opinion, take it for whatever it's worth, which may not be much.

Pera.T
01-18-2010, 10:40 PM
I wear mine with t-shirts, looks good to me [huh]

I also wear them with more formal clothing and suits, but only when it fits the occasion. It might look a bit weird if your wear a suit to the beach just so you can wear your Fedora!

Carlisle Blues
01-19-2010, 09:00 AM
Good gawd CB my eyes!! *yucky* *yucky* [bad]

My whole point is: it does not matter whether another person approves of the outfit. Clearly, the gentleman whom you are referring to is comfortable in his clothing as well as his own skin. Who am I to say that he is wrong. In fact I have more respect for someone who stands tall and expresses themselves, as in this instance, wearing a particular outfit, than someone who blindly "follows the pack" for fear they will not be accepted....:)

Then again in The Bronx we would say, "if you do not like it, do not look....[huh] "

theinterchange
01-19-2010, 09:34 AM
I wear my hats with whatever I'm wearing on a particular day, I just make sure to match the hat to the outfit to make sure it looks in place. :)

Yes, folks should be comfortable wearing whatever they wish, not what the "pack" tells 'em to. Though sometimes I question that logic, a classic example is lounge or swimwear worn in public places not related to either activity.:eek:

Randy

Spitfire
01-19-2010, 09:56 AM
Just a thought: You might considder a straw Borsalino when the weather turns hot - it's not as formal as a fedora - and might work better with more casual clothing. Open shirt over T shirt, chinos etc.

John in Covina
01-19-2010, 10:01 AM
Style does not need to be exclusive as to not include comfort and casual. A t-shirt and jeans with fedora says: "it's hot and I am working please excuse me." We need not be dressed formal for the theatre to mow the lawn or run errands.

The concept of Casual today has become one of SLOTH and extended juvinal behavior.

Any time you can wear a shirt with a collar you are better dressed than a large percentage of men today. Chinos and Khakis are relaxed yet carry a concept of dressed up enough & therefor caring for those around you. They are good warm to hot weather pants. I'll pair with dress shirts, safari shirts or golf shirts.

In the summer I wear shorts a lot! I like the hiking style shorts a lot and wear them in the summer heat of Southern California. I will pair them with golf type shirts or short sleeved safari shirts mostly. Matt Deckard usually gives me a "Crocodile Hunter" set of remarks when he sees me.

The move from concert tees and others with provactive slogans was a step up that I made when working in the office.

Still you are free to choose and experiement with looks and concepts of personal style. Some looks may work well most of the time others, only for certain times. You will figure it it for yourself, but remember that you don't always have to re-invent the wheel, there are sources of vintage images that you can reference and take inspiration from. Many people find an era or several that they are most attracted to and work for a look that captures what they like.

The other thing is to have fun and enjoy what you are doing.

nigelewan
01-20-2010, 12:44 PM
This is a great topic; something I've struggled with a lot. During cold weather, it's so easy to pair a fedora with a nice peacoat or trench... but in the summertime when I'm not wearing a coat or jacket, it still feels a little odd to wear a hat with shorts. That's probably the toughest look to pull off... I just *feel* imbalanced, in a way.

John in Covina
01-20-2010, 12:56 PM
Today the dematologist will tell you to wear a hat. My eye doctor just told me to wear sunglasses faithfully and WEAR A HAT. If I am in shorts, I am still gonna wear a hat. It may not be a bowler or a homburg or a dressy fedora, chances are it will be my Bushman, Campdraft, or Open Road clone. But better to wear it then not according to my doctor's orders.

Brian R.
01-20-2010, 01:21 PM
Pesonally, when I wear a t-shirt or a polo, I have a baseball cap on my head(hope I didn't just blaspheme) but I feel wearing my fedora with a button up shirt looks nice Of course, I wear it because it makes me feel good to my self. In other words, if it feels odd to you, don't wear the hat. I have gotten past the point of trying to make myself look "cool" or "hip". ;)

John in Covina
01-20-2010, 01:35 PM
The trouble with baseball caps is they don't offer enough protection from the sun. Baseball cap wearing outdoorsmen such as farmers are getting nailed with sun cause skin disorders (including the big C) on the neck and ears as well as other areas that aren't shaded properly.

And believe me I love baseball caps, both team logos, moivie caps and for favorite corporate logos. SIGH: When will Pelikan pens make a baseball cap?

The Good
01-20-2010, 05:55 PM
http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc212/youthreenactor/fedora%20lounge/treasure2.jpg

Heh, this one's my avatar, it's Humphrey Bogart as Fred C. Dobbs from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, if you didn't get the reference. This look sported by Bogart is actually a pretty big inspiration for how I dress if I'm not wearing a sport coat (I don't have an actual suit, unfortunately). This attire, while simple in that it just consists of a weather-beaten fedora, an everyday work shirt (I believe the actual shirt is blue denim, since there's a colored film poster depicting it), slacks, and leather shoes or boots, is ironically often perceived as a bit dressy by today's standards. Most of what I wear in particular, is olive-colored or khaki pants, jeans of various shades of blue, polos or short sleeved button-down shirts for when it's particularly warm, and long-sleeved dress shirts, and maybe the occasional flannel shirt, as well as a conservative looking belt (one that does not bring to mind rock or metal bands), leather shoes or boots (not necessarily dress shoes, but...), and of course, a fedora (I have a Panama that's for the hot days, mostly in summer too).

My advice is to just be yourself. You don't have to faithfully copy the attire of your favorite actor or fictional character (Indiana Jones comes to mind), or else you may not feel as natural as you should. But if you do feel natural, you'll definitely carry off the look better for it.

Ethan Bentley
01-21-2010, 02:10 PM
Yep, but wear it like you mean it. For me it's like wearing shoes. I never leave the house without some kind of headgear, did it by accident once last year, when I noticed I felt very exposed :o

A really good point, I'm of the impression that you could wear almost anything as long as you are confident in wearing it.

dhermann1
01-21-2010, 02:32 PM
Only three weeks. That's the salient point. Wear the hat when you feel like it. The more you do it, the more natural it will feel. There's nothing unnatural about a fedora and a T shirt, really. If the weather gets seriously warm, it might be time to consider a Panama, maybe from good old PanamaBob. A Panama hat in the summer time is a very pleasant thing.

The Good
01-21-2010, 08:48 PM
A really good point, I'm of the impression that you could wear almost anything as long as you are confident in wearing it.

So am I, Mr. Bentley. That's a good impression, and it rings true to me. If one is shy and highly self-conscious about wearing an outfit, it will show to the public around him.

John in Covina
01-21-2010, 08:55 PM
So am I, Mr. Bentley. That's a good impression, and it rings true to me. If one is shy and highly self-conscious about wearing an outfit, it will show to the public around him.

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