[comments from a newbie!!]
It's amazing that such slight differences cut and design can say such vastly different things. It's as though hats are extremely sensitive symbols of a wide variety of masculine life.
Here in NYC, a black hat in a high crown and a wide brim can look like an Othodox Jew. But add a bit more rake to it, and you look like The Shadow. Trim too much off, and you look like Gene Hackman's no-style porkpie-wearing harried cop in French Connection. Brim down, Indiana. Brim up, doofus. Snapped just right, Humphrey. Too silvery, a banker. No pinch in the crown, fat-cat bigwig. Top creased, well-heeled P.I. Top with a rounded contour, down-at-heels P.I. or newspaper reporter.
It goes on and on!