We all have our favourite things. And reading through the various posts one can see the wide spread of enthusiasm for certain items, but the way certain items are hated by some among us. There are a number of things I don't particulalry like (such as outward facing pleats on trousers or narrow brimmed hats). Also, I could never imagine wearing a bowler hat, evne though I think they can look splendid. But my least favoured thing of all is the Straw Boater. To me, the boater says 'English Public School' like nothing else. I immediately think of growing up in a town that was often filled with boys from the local public school who (thought they did not actually wear boaters) seemed like they should be wearing them. I think it was a class thing: in those days I was not as tolerant as I am now. The social divide between us was enormous and for some reason it is the boater that seems to mark that divide. I'm sure it is rather illogical since they also wore brogues and blazers of the type I am now rather keen on. So what are you certain you will never wear?