I've been dithering about buying a nice felt hat for some time now but am getting ready to pull the trigger. I just signed up here and I'm hoping you can help point me in the right direction.
For now, at least, there's only going to be one hat, so I want to make it as versatile as possible, i.e., something I can wear to work in Manhattan (business casual usually, suits sometimes) and at home on the weekends. Maybe that's asking too much; I really don't know. To the extent it makes a difference, I'm about 6'3" and 250 lbs., with aspirations of getting back down to around 200.
The first question is what basic style. I'm probably not using the term correctly, but it seems to me that I need to choose between what I'll call a "fedora," which has the brim down in front and up in back, and hats like the Akubra Leisure Time that has the brim down all around.
The second question is what color. I would think grey or brown would be the best choice, but I'm interested in your views.
Third, here are some hats I've thought about. I'd love to hear your thoughts on these or any possible alternatives:
Borsalino Film. I tried this on in taupe and liked it, but it's very pricey and may just make too much of a "statement" at this stage of the game.
Akubra Bogart (in grey)
Akubra Leisure Time (seems to be a nice shape, but I'm not crazy about the band)
Sorry for the long first post and thanks in advance for any advice.