I've had the same experiences, which led to the speculation I expressed in my previous post. One day I realized my hats spent far more time on the back seat of my truck or on an empty seat at a restaurant than they did on my head, and soon after I began to question whether or not I really wanted or needed to bring one with me when I was preparing to leave the house; I imagined men from previous generations doing the same thing.
I've also read that a number of men returning home from the war (WWII, that is) stopped wearing hats as a form of backlash against having been forced to conduct themselves under the military's rules and regulations; now that they were free to make their own choices again, many of them chose non-conformity.
I’ve heard that too and it rings true. It was a time of change and rebirth. The old ways were falling and the world experienced change at an unbelievable rate. The aristocracy was in free fall and the working class were really empowered for the first time in history. In the past, dress, including hats, was a way to distinguish societal rank and most people showed a level of deference to those in a higher class. The cracks were apparent after WW1, but after WW2 the dam had burst. Now look at how conspicuous consumption is looked down on and billionaires dress in hoodies and jeans and interact with us little people. Unfortunately, a lot of babies were thrown out with the bath water.
I tease my wife and blame it all on giving women the vote, she doesn’t laugh.
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