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    JJ, go for it...

    I just started wearing fedoras last summer after a dermatologist read me the riot act (while removing a small bit of "pre-cancerous" temple). But in reality, that just gave me the excuse to do something I'd wanted to do for a long time.

    Since I teach at a college, I was able to wear some cheap (and I do mean cheap) straw fedoras during the summer break, with no one around, to get the feel of them. Once fall came around, I bought a good fur felt fedora (actually, 2 modern Stetson fedoras). And now I'm wearing an Akubra Federation IV that I'm really enjoying. I only got one "Indy" at work, but from a friend who knew I'd know she was teasing. A few odd looks, but not many. And yesterday, standing around having a conversation with a couple of colleagues while wearing my Fed IV, the college president walked into view nearby...for the first time wearing his own black fedora. There were several double-takes from him to me--looks that said, "Am I missing something?" I haven't caught him yet to compliment him or find out what type of fedora he was wearing.

    In any case, wearing the lid will feel a little odd at first, but as you feel more and more comfortable with it, it will quickly become second nature. I feel naked going outside without a wide brim on my head now. And while the Stetsons were a convenient way to start, knowing what I know now, I definitely would have begun with Akubra's Fed IV or Stylemaster if I could do it all over again.

    Have fun--after all, it's only a hat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzncocktails
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    Have fun--after all, it's only a hat!
    PERFECT!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzncocktails
    I just started wearing fedoras last summer after a dermatologist read me the riot act (while removing a small bit of "pre-cancerous" temple). But in reality, that just gave me the excuse to do something I'd wanted to do for a long time...
    Thank you sir for your story!

    After Rick mentioned the Akubra Campdraft I went looking. I'm not personally a fan of the porkie pie bash, but then I saw the Stylemaster on their site. Funny now that you mention it, it definately caught my eye. I'm now shifting my focus away from Bailey and toward a Stylemaster, or maybe an Angler. I can't afford a Fed IV at this point so unless I make a major find I'm not including it in my efforts.
    "Dice have six sides for a reason, my friend. There is no thrill in surety."

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJWord
    Thank you sir for your story!

    After Rick mentioned the Akubra Campdraft I went looking. I'm not personally a fan of the porkie pie bash, but then I saw the Stylemaster on their site. Funny now that you mention it, it definately caught my eye. I'm now shifting my focus away from Bailey and toward a Stylemaster, or maybe an Angler. I can't afford a Fed IV at this point so unless I make a major find I'm not including it in my efforts.
    Just so you know... the Camp Draft comes open crowned [i.e. no crease]
    the pork pie is only in the adds.
    Check out some of the Camp Draft and Akubra threads, the Camp Draft takes a c-crown, center dent or diamond crease and the classic cattleman with ease.
    Please dont let the picture of the pork pie [not that there is anything wrong with that] turn you off.
    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJWord
    Thanks Goose and Rick!

    Sorry Goose, didn't mean any disrespect with the "looking silly" comment,...
    What - you don't think Goose looks silly?

    Waitaminnit. I hear a motorcycle comin' up the street.

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    Here's to the man with a different crease.

    Quote Originally Posted by HarpPlayerGene
    What - you don't think Goose looks silly?

    Waitaminnit. I hear a motorcycle comin' up the street.

    Gottago
    I think Goose looks great ...all the time. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!
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    I agree wholeheartedly with what Goose wrote.

    I've been wearing hats just about my whole life, and many different kinds, so whenever I show up in something new, it's kind of expected. IOW, habit bestows normalcy. Wear your hat(s) proudly, like theyre a part of your being, and thatll be the general consensus, at least after a little while. And the more you wear them, the more natural that 'natural' feel will become.
    'There is a fine line between art and fondling.'
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    Don't worry about it.


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    Haha, my avatar is my youngest son at age 3. Imagine waking up from a nap on the couch to THAT about 3 inches from your face. And he was in full character.

    I think I've settled on an Akubra Campdraft in glen gray. Probably go through HD, but I need to square something away first. I kinda got a speeding ticket this weekend (76 in a 65) so my mad money fund might need to be diverted soon. Going to call my lawyer today first and see how this goes.
    "Dice have six sides for a reason, my friend. There is no thrill in surety."

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