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    Quote Originally Posted by MB15 View Post
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    One of the things i would never wear: Frock coats. I like morning and evening tailcoats, Dinner Suits, all kinds of formal attire, but frock coats are one of the garments i would never wear.
    Same thing for boaters. There are people out there who look good in it, but in my head a picture of me with an boater on my head equals to an clown with his pants and shoes.
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    Hi Marco

    I have no clue what I'd look like in these, but the Earp family in the movie Tombstone are wearing frock coats most of the time, and they look great. I'm considering one for Winter.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108358/

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    Quote Originally Posted by V.C. Brunswick View Post
    ...In the context the bowler, so identified with the City Gentleman (or Public School Man), could in a sense, be seen as the adult version of the Public School Boy's straw boater in terms of being a symbol of class.
    it's a shame that the bowler has suffered from such strong associations as it's quite a versatile hat. oddly enough you see lots of turn of the century French men wearing it; think Toulouse Lautrec, and yet it's still in most British people's minds associated with the London businessman. Jude Law gave the bowler a fresh look in the film Road To Perdition...





    ...which seemed perfect for his seedy, beetle-ish character.

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    Quote Originally Posted by herringbonekid View Post
    it's a shame that the bowler has suffered from such strong associations as it's quite a versatile hat.
    The bowler was not unusual as funeral headgear (mostly on older men) in the mining areas of south Wales and north-east England right up to the 1980s; and of course it has Ulster Unionist associations as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1961mjs View Post
    hi marco

    i have no clue what i'd look like in these, but the earp family in the movie tombstone are wearing frock coats most of the time, and they look great. I'm considering one for winter.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108358/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hal View Post
    The bowler was not unusual as funeral headgear (mostly on older men) in the mining areas of south Wales and north-east England right up to the 1980s; and of course it has Ulster Unionist associations as well.
    let's not forget Victorian-era Wild West bar tenders as well !

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    Quote Originally Posted by herringbonekid View Post
    let's not forget Victorian-era Wild West bar tenders as well !
    Actually the bowler was the most popular hat for original cowboys until the invention of the Stetson"Boss of the Plains."

    And I think sock garters are awesome!

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    I like many of thre old styles, so there isn't much I'd not wear, at least not without a try-on first.

    I do know that I would never wear a boater in public. And as much as I like the way that bowlers look on others, I don't like way they look on me, so I would not wear one.

    I would also not wear an ascot.
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    Hello Mike
    Quote Originally Posted by 1961MJS View Post
    Hi Marco

    I have no clue what I'd look like in these, but the Earp family in the movie Tombstone are wearing frock coats most of the time, and they look great. I'm considering one for Winter.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108358/

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    I don't wanted to say frock coats aren't a nice garment. I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who look good in their frock coats, but for me, they always feel like an business man from one of the Edgar Wallace books. I can't tell why, maybe because of the almost always black look, the highly formal stance, but i always think of frock coats with an unsure feeling.
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    A dickie, an ascot, a homburg, a boater, a flat cap, sock garters, spats.... the list is long. I have owned & worn a derby but doubt I'll do it again.
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