This subject was brought up by several in another thread on alternatives to the fedora. When I did a forum search I found several posts on beards, but discovered that a disproportionate number were posted by ME, which leads me to believe it's time for me to stop "beating around the bush" and just start a thread and get it off my chest, uh chin, uh, whatever.
Several have claimed that a fedora goes especially well on a bearded man, but I have my doubts (and this coming from a bearded man!). There is no doubt that a western hat or a bush hat looks fantastic with a beard -- almost requires a beard -- but a fedora?
During the golden era beards were not in fashion, so I have found very few movies or photos of beards and fedoras. I have to go to the 19th century -- or modern day Orthodox Jews or Amish -- to find a cultural climate that favors beards and hats.
I have been even tempted to shave my beard for the sake of my fedoras -- and see if I still have chin under there after all these years -- but but my wife forbids it. She hates five 0'clock shadow, and apparently is of the opinion that most of my face is better left hidden.
Do you all believe fedoras go well with beards? I'm hoping you will say yes, but am bracing myself for the nays.