I have been wearing my (lined, not particularly light felt) Borsalino in the full Mexican sun for a week now, and it's *perfect*. For some reason, this just doesn't get too hot. It's tight enough on the old dome to keep the top from touching my head (I'm bald) -- maybe that makes a difference. But it has to be 90 degrees here, and I'm fine.
Being from the South, I should retire the darker felts in three days, on Easter.
Easter is the beginning of the season for ladies wearing white shoes and dresses, and for men to wear their summer straws.
In the Florida panhandle, it was around 90 degrees today. Wore a Stetson Downs in dark brown with no problem. Tomorrow I my be in a panama or a Tilley. I say if your comfortable in it and want to wear it, wear it. :cheers1: :cheers1: The fashion police have never pulled me over. Yet! lol
When! When! Have you not done tormenting me with your accursed time?
1. Stand before full length mirror.
2. Make a full, honest and fair appraisal of your garb.
3. Note the presence of white; shoes, shorts, belt, gloves or hat.
4. If 3 or more are found, remain at home.
4a. Such attire scares the women and children and frightens the horses...
5. Try to remember that you're an adult for heaven's sake.
I would say the moment your start sweating all over your nice fur felt, switch! Sweat stains are a big turn-off for many of my customers when it comes to vintage hats, and yours might be vintage or available one day!
the ol' bald headed shoeshine boy has been wearing his Panama for over two weeks steady now in Southeast Missouri. He have had 70 plus degrees and sunny days last week and now 80 plus degrees this week. If I was out on the lot without my hat I would be absolutley scorched on top of my head and face.
I am very warm natured anyway. so I will wear a beaver felt when it is cooler...
I wear my Akubra felts year round. My cattleman hats are a light to medium felts and are ventilated which helps a lot especially with the humidity. I've worn these many hot summers in South Carolina and from Casablanca to Cape Town with no problems. A lighter color really does make a difference if you're in intense sunlight for extended periods. I save my summer straws for dressy occassions.
In films and news reel footage of the times, 30's-40's-50's, even in the height of summer, there was a percentage of hat wearers that continued to wear their fur felt hat! (Gasp! Horrors!) So, I would guess that owning a straw hat be be prerequist to wearing one.
If it is going to be a warm enough day and you suspect your going to be hot, consider the straw hat. If you base it on rules about what color to where when, then consider following the rules. If it's going to be 90 degrees (F) plus and it's out of season, personally I'd opt for comfort.[huh]
If that doesn't do it, flip a coin! Chances are you'll only be wrong half the time.:eusa_doh:
This is known as "The Full Cleveland" in the suit trade.
It's popular with a a certain age set and was seen regularly into the late 1990's.
Actually, in Senior communities, it can still be seen today! You have to have penache to pull it off!